Breast Reduction in Jacksonville, FL
Having large breasts is not always desirable, and women who have overly-large breasts may feel less confident. Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. John Obi helps women in Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach, Ponte Vedra Beach, Atlantic Beach and surrounding areas of Florida, understand how their large breasts affect the way they feel about themselves, and he may recommend breast reduction.
What is a Breast Reduction Procedure?
The breast reduction procedure is performed at Jacksonville Plastic Surgery by Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. John 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 (medically necessary) procedure by many insurance companies when certain criteria are met.
What are the Benefits of a Breast Reduction?
The decision to undergo breast reduction is a very personal one. Some of the factors affecting this decision include:
- Physical relief rather than simply cosmetic improvement
- Correct large, sagging breasts that restrict activities and cause physical discomfort
- Create a more balanced and desirable shape
- Relief from repeated skin irritation and rashes
The breast reduction procedure will result in lifting the nipple and areola as a consequence of the removal of excess tissue.
What Happens During Breast Reduction Surgery?
There are several different types of breast reduction procedures performed at Jacksonville Plastic Surgery by board certified plastic surgeon Dr. John 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. John Obi. It is generally accepted a patient may not be able to breastfeed after having breast reduction. Before the surgery, patients are advised to avoid smoking and taking any medications (aspirin, Vitamin E, etc.) that may affect bleeding.
What is the Downtime After a Breast Reduction?
There are physical restrictions immediately following the surgery, and patients are usually able to return to full physical activity within three weeks.
If You Look Good, You Feel Good. Schedule Your Consultation Today.
If you feel that having large breasts reduces your self-esteem, we can help with breast reduction for women in Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Atlantic Beach, Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach, Ponte Vedra Beach and surrounding areas of Florida. Contact us today to schedule a private, complimentary aesthetic consultation with Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. John Obi.