Breast Reduction in Ft. Lauderdale
Despite what the media or society may want you to believe, overly large breasts are no fun. We’re not talking about “kind of big” breasts. We’re not talking about an ample bosom. What we are talking about are large, pendulous breasts that hinder your ability to participate in many activities. We’re talking about heavy mammaries that weigh so much that you have semi-permanent bra grooves in your shoulders. We’re talking about chronic pain, chronic nuisance and chronic feelings of isolation or even depression.
Unlike other types of breast surgeries, breast reduction in Fort Lauderdale may be covered by your medical insurance because the medical industry agrees that overly large breasts are a real physical and emotional liability. Women who suffer from overly large breasts live daily with headaches, body aches, and breast pain. Socially, they may not be able to participate in physical activities with their family or they may become self-conscious due to unwanted attention. In turn, they may isolate themselves, feel self-conscious, develop poor self-esteem or suffer from depression. Taking the next step might be the most important decision you ever make. Get a certificate today for a Free Breast Reduction Consultation. Contact us at 800-274-LIPO today to schedule your visit at the South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery in Fort Lauderdale.
Breasts are primarily made up of two different types of tissue: fat and breast tissue. While diet and exercise can help to diminish unwanted size due to fat, no amount of dieting or step classes can get rid of breast tissue. In addition, breast tissue is often very dense and heavy. So, not only do women have to deal with the added weight and bulk of their breasts, they may have a more difficult time getting adequate mammogram readings. Some doctors believe that breast reductions can help detect breast cancer earlier, were it to be present.
So in short, women who live with overly large breasts have more problems, then just trying to find something in their size: their quality of life can be severely limited. Breast reduction surgery can alleviate pain, can allow participation in all physical activities, and can help a woman get clearer mammogram results. But of course, being able to fit into all of the cute clothes doesn’t hurt either.
Before you decide to have breast enhancement, you should really understand the procedure and recovery process so that you know what to expect. You will get a chance to meet with your medical professional to learn more about the procedure as well as to ask any questions you may have. But in the meantime, use this site as a way to become more familiar with the procedure. Begin to ask yourself if this is the right s olution for you. Really take the time to educate yourself. The more you know, the better prepared you will be. For information visit our breast reduction before and after gallery or call today to schedule a consultation.
Am I A Candidate For Breast Reduction Surgery?
You probably already know if you are a good candidate for breast reduction in Fort Lauderdale. Sure it is difficult to find clothes that fit you and yes, you are tired of fighting off or ignoring unwanted attention. But it’s more than that. It is neck aches and backaches and shoulders that hurt. It is headaches and sweating and chafing and rashes. It is deep grooves in your shoulders from bra straps trying to work overtime. Quite frankly: overly large breasts are physically painful and can severely limit some women’s activities. It is not a great way to live.
The FDA, many insurance agencies, and most doctors agree. They realize that overly large breasts cause daily, chronic pain. They understand that the discomfort, self-consciousness, and inability to participate in certain activities can cause isolation and depression. And they acknowledge that breast reduction Surgery can help restore a woman’s physical and emotional well-being, improving her life as well as the lives of the people in her family. Equally importantly, it is believed that extremely dense and heavy breast tissue can hinder accurate readings in mammograms; having a breast reduction can not only help a woman to have more accurate mammogram readings, but having less breast tissue can minimize a person’s potential for breast cancer.
If you think you may be a candidate for breast reduction surgery, you may be experiencing the following:
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Back pain
- Breast Pain
- Excessive sweating
- Under breast rashes
- Under breast infections
- Grooves in shoulders from bra straps
- Poor body image
However, in order to be a good candidate for any kind of surgery it is important that your physical and mental health are in check. Patients need to be healthy in order to respond well during surgery and to heal correctly after surgery.
While surgery techniques continue to improve, surgeries are still taxing on the body and its symptoms. A healthy body will handle anesthesia better during the operation and will recover appropriately afterwards. Because of this it is important that you are physically healthy before surgery.
Diabetes, Disease, And Auto-immune Problems
If you have diabetes, auto-immune disease or any other ongoing malady, tell your doctor and then take the needed steps to get any condition under control. Your body will need to be in optimum health in order to heal incisions and repair cellular structure.
A person who smokes almost always has a tougher time under anesthesia – a critical part of any surgery. In addition, smoking hinders your body’s ability to get needed oxygen to all parts of the body. Your body needs oxygen in the blood to repair itself after surgery. Smoking can severely slow down or even complicate the recovery process. We recommend that people stop smoking two weeks prior to their breast enhancement in South Florida.
It is important that you are mentally and emotionally stable before surgery. Surgery is not only taxing on the body, but in the first days after surgery, it can take it’s toll emotionally. It is also important that you have clear and realistic expectations, not expecting surgery to “change your life.” You will still be the same person after surgery with the same challenges and difficulties. You’ll just have smaller breasts and more freedom of movement to help you get through the hard times.
To take the next step, request your certificate for a Free Breast Lift Consultation and call us at (954) 565-7575 or (800) 274-LIPO today to schedule your appointment at the South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery with locations in Fort Lauderdale.
Preparing For Breast Reduction Surgery In Fort Lauderdale
Making the decision to have Breast Reduction surgery can be one of the most self-empowering decisions an overly endowed woman can make. A light is seen at the end of the chronic-pain tunnel. From the thought of being able to buy new clothes (in normal sizes) to realizing she will be able to participate in all kinds of physical activities, it can feel as if a new potential is around every corner.
The good news is that you can begin the process of preparing for surgery weeks in advance. In fact, the better you prepare for surgery, the better your body will respond to surgery and likewise to recovery. There are preparations you should take in order to minimize breast reduction risks and complications – simple steps that can make a very big difference when it comes to successful surgery and easier recovery.
What kind of steps are we talking about? Something difficult? Well, that all depends on your current state of health. For some of you the list of things to do before surgery will simply be a check list of things to add or eliminate before your appointment as well as a couple of errands to complete before the big day. For others it may include quitting smoking or making sure your health is in top form.
Steps To Take Right Now
Stop Smoking. Smoking reduces circulation to the skin and impedes healing. Smokers can take twice as long or longer to heal than non-smokers. It is best to avoid smoking, second-hand smoke and cigarette replacements, such as nicotine patches or gum, in the days leading up to your surgery.
Take multivitamins. Start taking mulitvitamins twice a day to improve your general health.
Vitamin C. Begin taking 500 mg of Vitamin C twice daily to promote healing.
Do Not Take Aspirin or Ibuprofen. Stop taking medications containing aspirin or ibuprofen. Review the list of drugs containing aspirin and ibuprofen carefully. Such drugs can cause bleeding problems during and after surgery. Instead, use medications containing acetaminophen (such as Tylenol).
Limit Vitamin E. Limit your intake of Vitamin E to less than 400 mg per day.
Fill Your Prescriptions. You will be given prescriptions for medications. Fill them BEFORE the day of surgery and bring them with you to your surgical appointment. You will not be cognizant enough to get them after your surgery.
Steps To Take The Day Before Surgery
Confirm Your Surgery Time. We will call you to confirm the time of your surgery. If you are not going to be at home or at your office, please call us to confirm at (954) 565-7575.
Prescriptions. Make sure that you have filled the prescriptions you were given and set the medications out to bring with you to your surgery appointment.
Bathing. The night before surgery, shower and wash the surgical areas with Dial soap. Dial soap is an antibacterial soap, perfect for pre-op showers.
Eating and Drinking. Do not eat or drink anything 8-10 hours prior to your surgery. This includes water.
Steps To Take The Morning Of Surgery
Special Information. Do not eat or drink anything 8-10 hours prior to your surgery! If you take a daily medication, you may take it with a sip of water in the early morning.
Oral Hygiene. You may brush your teeth but do not swallow the water.
Bathing. Shower and wash the surgical areas with Dial soap.
Make-Up. Do not wear moisturizers, creams, lotions, or make-up. Your skin must be free of all of these things.
Clothing. Wear only comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. Make sure the shirt, sweater or dress you choose does not need to go over your head. Remove hairpins, wigs, and jewelry. Please do not bring valuables with you.
For those of you who may smoke or have a disease such as diabetes, preparing for surgery can be a great opportunity to take some positive steps to improve your health all around.
Not only can smoking cause complications in surgery, it really inhibits the body’s ability to heal after surgery. Smoking limits the amount of oxygen that can travel through the body, specifically through the blood. By increasing blood pressure and restricting blood vessels, oxygen has a more difficult time traveling in the blood and getting to incisions sites or wounds. Your body needs oxygen to heal. Smoking limits your body’s ability to recover normally. Plain and simple. So, from complications with anesthesia to slowing down the healing process to the possibility of having a major complication like blood clots or heart attack, smoking is not compatible with surgery. If you are a smoker, stop smoking now.
Diabetes, High Blood Pressure And Auto-immune Disorder
If you have diabetes, high blood pressure or suffer from an auto-immune disorder, you’re your surgeon about it. Your health will contribute to the quality of your recovery response. Diabetes also slows down the body’s ability to heal itself. High blood pressure can complicate surgery and anesthesia. Auto-Immune disorders can affect your body’s ability to fight off infection. If you suffer from any of these problems, make sure that you have them controlled before going into surgery.
Taking the correct steps before your surgery will help make your procedure and recovery a better experience. Following the pre-operation guidelines gives you body the needed support to heal faster and have fewer complications and get you back to your normal life more quickly, looking great.
To take the next step, request your certificate for a Free Breast Lift Consultation and call us at (954) 565-7575 or (800) 274-LIPO today to schedule your appointment at the South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery with locations in Fort Lauderdale.
About The Day Of Breast Reduction Surgery At The South Florida Center For Cosmetic Surgery
Going into the operating rooms of either our Fort Lauderdale cosmetic surgery centers is not a normal occurrence for most people, so it’s understandable that many people may feel a natural anxiety due to not knowing what to anticipate. The more you know what to expect, the more you can relax. Here we will share with you what a typical “surgery day” is like for a patient at the South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery.
You will have followed the pre-op instructions, provided to you before your surgery. You can read about those preparing for breast reduction in Fort Lauderdale when you visit our page on the topic. So, you will have stopped eating 8- 10 hours prior to your surgery. You will shower, but not wear any lotions, creams, oils, perfumes, make-up, or jewelry. You will need to wear a shirt, top or dress that can be buttoned or zipped up and that does not require going over your head.
When You Arrive
You need to arrive at either our Fort Lauderdale surgery centers with your prescribed medications a minimum of 45 minutes before your appointment. You may be asked to fill out additional paperwork, if needed. Before surgery you will change into a surgical gown and foot covers. You will also meet with your surgeon and anesthesiologist for basic surgical planning, which can include drawing on your skin as needed. This is also an opportunity for any last-minute questions you may have.
Your breast reduction in Fort lauderdale will take place at our state-of-the-art operating suite. Once you enter the operating room, the staff, including an M.D. anesthesiologist, a trained operating room technician, circulator, and your surgeon, will do everything possible to make you feel secure and relaxed. The operating table is padded and very comfortable, which can help to relax you as well. In addition, you will be connected to monitoring equipment and be surrounded by expert medical professionals trained to help you in case any complications arise. A nurse or anesthesiologist will start an intravenous drip into you arm to administer all needed medicines, including those that will relax you.
Your surgery will last up to two hours. When it is completed and your dressings are in place you will be moved to the Recovery Room.
The Recovery Room
Your stay in the Recovery Room will last one to two hours where you will be under the constant care of RN’s and Nurse Practitioner specifically trained to work in recovery. You will continue to be connected to monitoring equipment. Most people take between 30 to 60 minutes to wake up from surgery, yet they still may not remember much about their time in recovery.
When You Get Home
It is not safe for anyone to drive after having surgery performed, so you will need to have someone drive you home when you are released from the recovery room. We recommend that you have a friend or loved one stay with you for the first 24 hours after surgery. You should be prepared to rest the remainder of the day and the following day. Taking it easy is an important party of recovery and healing. Give yourself the gift of rest and relaxation. You may be sore and tender after your surgery and will have medications to help relieve most of the discomfort.
It is important that you make and keep all post-operative appointments. While surgery can change your body, resting and following your physician’s instructions will help your body recover successfully. Recovery after breast enhancement is as important as the surgery itself, so be sure to give yourself enough time to take it easy and heal.
Take the next step: request your certificate for a Free Breast Lift Consultation and call us at (954) 565-7575 or (800) 274-LIPO today to schedule your appointment at the South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery with locations in Fort Lauderdale.
Breast Reduction Photos
See actual before-and-after photos of South Florida Center of Cosmetic Surgery patients.
Breast Reduction Risks
All elective surgeries come with some level of risk. While every step will be taken to ensure your breast reduction in Fort Lauderdale is performed correctly within safe environments, complications can still arise from things such as anesthesia, infection, and allergic reactions. How often do complications happen? Not often. Still, it is important that you understand the risks so that you can make the best decision for yourself.
Below we have listed general complications that can happen from any surgery, as well as a set of risks associated specifically with Breast Reduction procedures. Click on the complication name to get more information. You will receive more detailed information during your consultation, but if you have any questions you are welcome to ask us as well.
What Is Normal?
First of all, before we begin discussing risks or complications, we will tell you normal reactions from surgery. It is normal to experience:
- Swelling and bruising
- Mild to moderate discomfort or pain
- Crusting along the incision lines
- Numbness that dissipates in two to three months
- Itching or “electrical sensations” as nerves heal
- Redness of scars
Scars are fascinating things. You will see the biggest changes to scars in the first three months. Scars initially appear red, deep pink or purple and the color will drastically improve in the first 12 weeks. However, scars can take up to two years to heal completely. So you can expect your scar to improve, improve, improve and improve long after your breasts themselves have healed.
Most breast reductions involve what is known as an anchor scar. An anchor scar involves a scar around the nipple, another scar that runs vertically down from the bottom of the nipple to the breast crease, and then a horizontal scar along the breast crease.
All surgeries come with a small chance of risk and complication. Here is a list of general and more rare complications.
- Inflammation and Infection
- Thick, wide, or depressed scars
- Wound separation or delayed healing
- Sensitivity or allergy to dressings or tape
- Injury to deeper sutures
Rare complications include pulmonary embolism, severe allergic reactions to medications, and heart problems such as cardiac arrhythmias or heart attack. It is important that you share your entire medical history with your doctor before surgery to help minimize risks ofbreast reduction.
Specific Risks And Complications Associated With Breast Reduction
- “Bottoming out”
- Inability to breastfeed
- Areas of hardness within breasts
- Skin necrosis
- Loss of nipple sensation
Smoking can hinder your body’s ability to heal or go through surgery successfully. Smoking limits the oxygen available to your body – and your body needs oxygen to get through surgery as well as to heal properly after surgery. Smokers also have a greater chance of skin loss and poor healing due to decreased skin circulation. Do yourself a favor: quit smoking two weeks before your surgery and do not smoke for a minimum of ten days after your surgery. Even better, kick the habit for good.
Unsatisfactory Results Or Need For Surgical Revisions
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Short Descriptions Of Possible Complications
Hematoma: Small collections of blood under the skin. Typically absorbed spontaneously by the body. Larger hematomas may require aspiration, drainage, or even surgical removal to achieve best results.
Inflammation and Infection: A superficial infection may only require antibiotics. Development of an abscess can require drainage. Infection can affect the body’s ability to heal properly.
Thick, wide, or depressed scars: Some areas of the body scar more easily than others. Scarring can also depend on an individual’s genetic makeup. Unsightly scars can often be revised surgically.
Wound separation or delayed healing: Any incision, during the healing phase, may separate or heal unusually slow for a number of reasons. If delayed healing occurs the final outcome is not usually affected, but may require secondary revision surgery.
Sensitivity or allergy to dressings or tape: Most allergies are mild, but in extremely rare circumstances allergic reactions can be severe and require aggressive treatment or even hospitalization.
Injury to deeper sutures: Blood vessels, nerves and muscles may be injured during surgery, though this occurrence is very rare.
Loss of nipple sensation: Nerves that supply skin or nipple sensation may be cut or damaged while the pocket of space for the implant is being created. Although this does not happen routinely, it can happen no matter how carefully the surgery is performed. If sensory loss occurs, the nerves slowly recover over a period of one to two years in about 85% of the cases.
Asymmetry: Sometimes breasts will heal differently from each other, creating a slight asymmetry. In some cases, nipple placement may be somewhat different.
Bottoming Out: As the breasts heal, the skin on the lower part of the breast may begin to “stretch out.” When this happens, the shape of the breast may change as the breast tissue settles below the nipple, making the nipple point upward. This is a rare occurrence and can be repaired with minor further surgery.
Inability to breastfeed: Most Breast Reductions require an incision on part or around the entire nipple. Great care is taken to preserve milk ducts, which cannot repair themselves once severed. Surgeries that require a temporary removal of the nipple do sever the milk ducts, removing the possibility of further breastfeeding.
Areas of hardness within breasts: Postoperative scarring can happen within the breast tissue, causing areas of hardness within the breasts. These can mimic “lumps” associated with cancer even though they are not cancer related. These could require mammography or biopsy.
Skin necrosis: This is an extremely rare complication that typically develops from an infection and causes the death of the involved tissues. It usually only involves a very small area that will eventually heal with good wound care. Smoking before and after surgery can cause skin necrosis
Breast Reduction Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Am I a candidate for breast reduction surgery?
A: Breast reduction in Fort Lauderdale is performed for women who endure the psychological stigmata of their large breasts such as; back pain, shoulder pain, bra strap grooving, and rashes under their breasts. Some patients even become short of breath due to the weight of their breast when lying upon their back.
Q: Can I get breast implants during a breast reduction surgery?
A: We do not advocate breast implant placement with reduction mammoplasty as it defeats the purpose of the procedure! We prefer to use natural breast tissue rather than an implant in this circumstance.
Q: What are the risks of breast reduction surgery?
A: Risks of breast reduction include loss of tissue or the nipple areola complex (increased in smokers), bleeding, hematoma, infection, loss of sensation, unfavorable scarring, asymmetry, as well as complications inherent in all operative procedures including anesthesia problems, deep vein thrombosis. Significant complications are not common. This procedure is safe and reliable.
Q: What will my scar be like?
A: The scar is similar to the full pattern mastopexy scar resulting in a scar around the areola, a vertical scar below the areola and a transverse scar in the inframammary fold (the junction or fold between the breast and abdomen). These scars usually heal extremely well.
Q: What is the healing time?
A: “Healing time” is an imprecise term as it may relate to different frames of reference. It usually takes about a week before one may resume normal activities after breast enhancement in South Florida. You should refrain from vigorous activity for a period of one month to prevent the development of postoperative bleeding. The majority of swelling has abated after a period of 8-12 weeks. It takes at least a year for the scars to fully mature.
Q: Will I need another breast reduction in the future?
A: Breast reduction can be undone by pregnancy, excessive weight fluctuation, or if performed before breast growth has ceased. For this reason, We do not recommend breast reduction during teenage years unless the patient is extremely symptomatic.
If you don’t find the answer you are looking for here, our staff is ready to help you learn all you need and want to know. Request your certificate for a Free Breast Lift Consultationand call us at (954) 565-7575 or (800) 274-LIPO today to schedule your appointment at the South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery with locations in Fort Lauderdale.