Breast Reduction St. Petersburg

Breast ReductionBreast Reduction, also known as Reduction Mammaplasty, is one of the most common surgeries sought out by women today.  Some women experience growth of breast tissue beyond what is desired beginning in their teenage years and others develop in their 30’s or 40’s.  Sometimes the development is related to pregnancy. Breasts that are too large can lead to neck and back pain to the point that patients require prescription pain medication or physical therapy.  Large pendulous breasts can lead to difficulty controlling moisture that then leads to rashes, fungal infections, or skin breakdown.  The various treatments only provide temporary relief and reducing the breast size, volume and weight is the only long term option.

Surgical breast reduction is the only effective treatment for neck and back pain that is related to large, heavy breasts (hypermastia).  Unfortunately insurance companies don’t always cover breast reduction.  Being overweight can decrease the chances that a breast reduction will be covered by insurance because they use a formula that includes patient weight in the decision process.

As mentioned above, breast reduction is one of the most common surgeries requested by women today.  The increase in number of breast reductions may be attributed to patient and primary care physician awareness.  Sometimes a Chiropractor may recommend breast reduction to a patient because of the effect heavy breasts have on the neck, shoulders and back.

Breast reduction accomplishes two goals. First, it reduces the volume of the breast. Second, it repositions the nipple areolar complex (NAC) to a level that fits the patient’s anatomy much like a breast lift or mastopexy. There are different techniques that can be used to accomplish breast reduction.

The technique used by Dr. Christopher Newman has evolved through the years to provide a better breast both functionally and cosmetically.  The vertical scar technique was originally Dr. Newman’s “go to” technique because it avoided the transverse incision along the inframammary fold. The limitation using this technique was that less surface area could be removed from a large breast.  It also has the risk of leaving the breast longer than desired. While this technique is occasionally used in some patients, the larger breast reduction will require an inframammary (IMF) incision.  Adding the IMF incision allows better control in shaping the breast, reducing the length of the breast, and better overall reduction in weight and volume.

What to Expect

Breast reduction is an outpatient surgery done under general anesthesia.  Patients cannot eat or drink after midnight the night before the surgery.  An IV is placed just before the surgery and antibiotics are given.  The surgery takes about 3 to 4 hours average but may take longer for larger breasts.  Gauze and a bra are placed at the end of the surgery.  Drains are not typically used in breast reductions done by Dr. Newman.

Wearing a bra after breast reduction surgery is absolutely important to ensure proper healing.  Dr. Newman asks that his patients wear a bra around the clock for 6 to 8 weeks.  This supports the breast so that the internal scarring develops in such a way that holds the tissues in place.  Relief from the reduction in weight is typically appreciated as early as the recovery room.  Patients immediately feel as though a weight has been lifted off their chest.

If you are interested in breast reduction surgery, call 727-897-5444 and schedule an appointment.