Breast reduction surgery explained by plastic surgeon in Miami, Florida
If you find that your back and chest are constantly aching, you are unhappy with the large size of your breasts, or find it difficult to fit into your favorite clothes, breast reduction surgery can be life-changing, literally taking the weight off of your chest and providing a more proportional body shape. Dr. Nirmal Nathan, plastic surgeon at The Nathan Clinic in Miami, Florida, explains key things that you need to know if you are considering this procedure.
A breast reduction can have many benefits
While breast reduction is a surgical treatment that—like all surgeries—carries risks, patients are typically very happy with the outcome. In fact, in one study, 95% of patients said they were satisfied with their results. Dr. Nathan’s practice similarly has high levels of satisfaction after breast reduction. After the procedure, many patients experience:
- A boost in self-confidence
- A more positive body image
- Better posture
- Less pain and discomfort during both daily activities and exercise
- A thinner appearance due to improved proportions
- Better fitting clothes
Breast reduction surgery is also a breast lift
In addition to removing excess fat, skin, and glandular tissue from the breasts to reduce their overall size and weight, the surgery improves the shape and lift of the breasts for a more aesthetically appealing appearance.
It is important to have mature breasts and realistic expectations
Dr. Nathan performs an in-depth evaluation and consultation with patients prior to their treatment to ensure that it is the best option for their body and needs. Good candidates for breast reduction surgery have fully matured breasts, are in generally good health, are non-smokers or able to stop smoking for many weeks before and after their surgery, and have realistic expectations about the results and how the surgery will impact their life.
What to expect after the procedure
Your breast reduction surgery will be an outpatient procedure that only takes a few hours. However, you will need to plan for your recovery time, including taking a few days off of work afterwards and avoiding vigorous activity for a month. You will experience some pain and soreness for the first few days, and we will discuss the best pain management techniques for your specific needs. You will notice an immediate improvement in your breast size, comfort, and proportions, but the full effects may take up to a year to be seen as the breast tissues soften and settle into the skin.
It is also important to know that you will have scars after your treatment. However, Dr. Nathan is a highly skilled plastic surgeon and uses the latest surgical techniques to minimize scarring, and the scars typically fade significantly after about a year. In some cases, a woman’s ability to breastfeed will be negatively impacted, but most patients are still able to breastfeed after their breast reduction. Dr. Nathan will honestly discuss the benefits and potential risks with you prior to your treatment so you can make a fully informed decision that is best for you. Many women find that the benefits outweigh the risks and that their quality of life is improved after their breast reduction surgery.
To schedule your consultation at The Nathan Clinic, call our Miami, Florida office today at (305) 680-5121!Back to Breast Reduction Page