Breast Reductions In Gainesville, FL
Breast reduction surgery, also referred to as reduction mammaplasty, plays a vital role in improving patient health and confidence. Dr. Poser is regarded as one of the best plastic surgeons in Gainesville, FL. Through many years of experience and a dedication to patient excellence, Dr. Poser expertly performs breast reduction surgery for patients who are seeking smaller breasts. Male patients with large breasts may find relief through gynecomastia surgery, which is also performed by Dr. Poser.
Common Reasons For Breast Reduction Surgery
There are numerous reasons why a patient may choose to undergo breast reduction surgery. Heavy, overly large or disproportionate breasts may cause the following experiences:
- Poor self-image
- Difficulty participating in physical activities
- Chronic back, neck and/or shoulder pain
- Chronic skin irritation and/or rash below the breasts
- Nerve pain
- Difficulty fitting into bras and clothing
By removing tissue, breasts become significantly lighter which alleviates chronic discomfort and pain. Irritation of the skin under the breasts should dissipate after reduction surgery as the breasts will no longer cause friction against the skin. With more manageable breasts, patients are able to comfortably begin physical activities (after healing is complete) and improve overall health through a healthy lifestyle and positive self-image.
Who Is A Candidate For Breast Reduction Surgery?
Candidacy is only accurately confirmed through a consultation with Dr. Poser. During consultation, patient concerns and ideal breast size are discussed. A medical exam will also be completed. Patients who smoke, are very obese, have diabetes or have heart problems are not able to undergo breast reduction surgery. Patients who plan to lose weight or have children should postpone their breast reduction as both life events cause changes to breast size and shape.
What Are The Risks Of Breast Reduction Surgery?
Breast reduction surgery carries the same risks as most typical surgeries, which is infection, bleeding and negative reactions to anesthesia. Additional risks include:
- Loss of nipple and breast sensation
- Inability or difficulty breastfeeding
- Asymmetric breasts
How To Prepare For Breast Reduction Surgery
Once candidacy is confirmed, patients may be asked to complete physician-ordered lab tests, undergo a baseline mammogram and avoid taking certain medications. For patient comfort, it is recommended to purchase supportive sports bras, supportive pillows (as sleeping upright is necessary after surgery) and ice packs to manage swelling. It is also necessary to arrange transportation from our Gainesville plastic surgery center as patients are unable to operate a vehicle.
Breast Reduction Procedure
On the day of your procedure, patients will be given anesthesia before Dr. Poser can perform the procedure. The technique used to remove tissue from your breasts will vary from patient to patient. For patients needing a slight to moderate tissue reduction, liposuction is used to remove the excess breast tissue.
Patients experiencing large, sagging breasts are treated with a vertical or “lollipop” incision. A lollipop procedure is performed by creating two incisions — one is placed around the areola and the second incision runs vertical to the areola to the crease below the breast. This style of incision allows Dr. Poser to work deep within the breast to remove fat and glandular tissue to resize the breasts. The scar from this incision is easily hidden below the nipple.
An inverted-T breast or “anchor” incision is made through a series of three incisions. The incisions are the same as the lollipop method but with the addition of an incision that spans along the breast crease. This scar may be more noticeable, but it will fade some overtime.
Once one of the above incisions are made, fat, glandular tissue and excess skin is removed. The nipples will then be repositioned on the breasts. Patients may elect to have areolas reduced during breast reduction as well.
For patients desiring lifted breasts, Dr. Poser may recommend other cosmetic procedures, such as a breast lift to be performed in conjunction with breast reduction surgery. Once the procedure is complete, the incisions are closed with either sutures or dissolvable stitches and the breasts are bandaged.
Results & Recovery
Patient recovery will vary based on the degree of breast reduction, incision-style used and if multiple procedures were performed. To manage pain, medication will be prescribed. Dr. Poser and his medical team will outline any guidelines to promote optimal healing, including drainage tube care. The majority of patients are ready to return to daily activities after a week of healing. Up to four weeks of rest is recommended before resuming physical exercise.
Gainesville Plastic Surgery
For patients looking for Gainesville breast reduction surgery, choose Poser Plastic Surgery Center. With over 30 years of plastic surgery experience, Dr. Poser is dedicated to excellence and patient satisfaction. To achieve smaller, proportionate breasts and embrace your confidence, schedule a consultation.