Breast Reduction – Jacksonville Plastic Surgery
The breast reduction procedure is performed at Jacksonville Plastic Surgery by Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. John J. Obi. Breast reduction is performed at a nearby ambulatory surgery facility on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia and is usually completed within 3 to 4 hours, depending on the actual reduction procedure required. Frequently, breast reduction is considered a covered procedure by many insurance companies when certain criteria are met.
The decision to undergo breast reduction is a very personal one, and the most frequent factors affecting this decision are:
- for physical relief rather than simply cosmetic improvement
- to correct large, sagging breasts that restrict activities and cause physical discomfort
- to create a more balanced and desirable shape
- to get relief from repeated skin irritation and rashes
The breast reduction procedure will result in a lifting of the nipple and areola as a consequence of the removal of excess tissue. There are several different types of breast reduction procedures performed at Jacksonville Plastic Surgery by Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. John J. Obi. These include the most common procedure, an anchor-shaped incision following the natural contour of the breast. The actual procedure selected in each case depends on the findings during examination and the patient’s wishes. In most cases, the nipples remain attached to their blood vessels and nerves. However, if the breasts are very large or pendulous, the nipples and areolas may have to be completely removed and grafted into a more ideal position. This will result in a loss of sensation in the nipple and areolar tissue. The skin surrounding the areola is then brought down and together to reshape the breast.
Stitches are usually located around the areola and in a vertical line extending downward and along the lower crease of the breast. In some cases, techniques can be used to eliminate the vertical or a portion of the lower crease part of the scar. Occasionally, when only fat needs to be removed, liposuction alone can be used to reduce breast size, leaving minimal scars.
There are risks involved with any surgical procedure, and the specific risks and restrictions after surgery will be discussed in detail at your consultation with Dr. Obi. It is generally accepted that a patient may not be able to breastfeed after having the breast reduction procedure. It is generally recommended that patients avoid smoking and the ingestion of any medications (aspirin, Vitamin E, etc.) that may affect bleeding before any surgery is undertaken.
There are physical restrictions immediately following the surgery, and patients are usually able to return to full physical activity within three weeks.