Feel renewed with a Breast Reduction Surgery
For many women, large breasts cause discomfort, inconvenience, and self-consciousness. Although most people believe that every woman wants bigger breasts, the truth is that large breasts can interfere with everyday activities and affect a woman’s overall quality of life.
In these cases, a breast reduction in Miami Beach, FL, with double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gabriel Salloum might be the best option. Breast reduction surgery at the Miami Center for Plastic Surgery can help women with large, heavy breasts live more comfortable lives.
What is Breast Reduction?
Breast augmentation to make the breasts larger is one of the most popular plastic surgeries in the United States, but many other women choose to make their breasts smaller each year for a number of different reasons. Breast reduction, or reduction mammaplasty, is performed to permanently reduce the size of large, heavy, or pendulous breasts to make them lighter and firmer and to improve their shape.
Why patients choose Breast Reduction Surgery
Breast reduction is typically considered to be cosmetic surgery, as it is performed by a plastic surgeon. However, the procedure is often performed for functional reasons alone or to gain both functional and aesthetic benefits.
Women with large breasts often suffer from physical symptoms like chronic back, neck, and shoulder pain, due to the weight of their breasts. Some patients find that their bra strap digs into their shoulders or they have trouble exercising comfortably. After a reduction procedure, many patients can exercise and enjoy other everyday activities pain-free.
Patients who choose breast reduction can also benefit from cosmetic benefits. Many women with very large breasts have nipples that point downward or a pendulous breast shape, due to the strain that heavy breast tissue places on the ligaments. A breast reduction can reshape the breasts while simultaneously reducing breast size, allowing women to feel more confident in their appearance.
Women often feel self-conscious about having overly large breasts and may have trouble finding clothing that fits. A breast reduction procedure can help a woman feel more comfortable in her own skin and boost her confidence. Every breast reduction patient has her own reasons for choosing to move forward with the procedure, but most patients cite a number of different factors in their ultimate decision.
The best candidates for breast reduction in Miami are women with large breasts who are experiencing chronic physical symptoms caused by heavy breast tissue or are suffering from emotional distress due to their breast size. Good candidates may include women who are having trouble participating in physical activities due to the interference of their breasts or those who have discussed chronic pain related to breast size with their primary care doctor.
Women who are interested in cosmetic surgery procedures should be in good health, be non-smokers or willing to quit, and have realistic expectations for their results. Young women in their late teens may need to wait until their breasts have fully matured to undergo this procedure. Women who are planning to have additional children may also want to wait until they have completed their families, as subsequent pregnancies can affect breast size.
A Breast Reduction consultation with Dr. Salloum
Before you can schedule your breast reduction, you will need to meet with Dr. Salloum at the Miami Center for Plastic Surgery to discuss your goals, expectations, and health history. We offer our patients a spa-like, stress-free experience, including complimentary valet services and private, complimentary consultations in our beautiful office.
Dr. Salloum will encourage you to ask questions throughout the consultation and will ask you to share your goals for the procedure. He will go over your health information to ensure that you are healthy enough for surgery and ask about any medical conditions or current medications.
Once he has determined your candidacy, he will go over the procedure with you in detail and suggest a treatment plan. He may recommend a breast reduction alone, or discuss combination procedures that could help you reach your goals. Many women benefit from combining a breast reduction with a breast lift for a firmer, more youthful-looking appearance.
The consultation is an ideal opportunity for you to determine if breast reduction surgery is the right fit for your needs.
The Breast Reduction procedure in Miami Beach
Dr. Gabriel Salloum performs breast reductions in Miami Beach on an outpatient basis using either general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. This will be discussed during the consultation.
Once the anesthesia has been administered, Dr. Salloum will make the incisions. Although there are a few different incision patterns that may be used to perform breast reduction surgery, the lollipop technique is one of the most common. This involves an incision around the areola of each breast and extending down to the crease, creating a pattern that looks like a lollipop. Some patients who need less excess breast tissue removed may only need the incision around the areola, while more extensive cases may require an additional incision in the breast crease.
After the incisions are made, Dr. Salloum removes excess breast tissue, skin, and fat. He reshapes the breasts and may reposition the nipples if necessary. Finally, the incisions are closed and dressings are used to cover the incisions. Most patients return home on the same day, though they will need a ride home.
Recovery & downtime after Breast Reduction
After breast reduction surgery, patients should wear a special surgical bra as directed. This should be worn for several weeks, and a regular soft bra should be worn for several weeks after that as it is essential to gently support the new breast contour.
Some bruising, swelling, and discomfort are normal during the initial recovery. Pain medications will be prescribed to help ensure a smooth and pain-free healing process. Patients should take 1-2 weeks off from work or school and will need to postpone strenuous activities for 4-6 weeks.
Light activity, such as walking, will help encourage proper healing during the first few weeks. Dr. Salloum will provide you with detailed aftercare instructions, which should be followed closely for optimal results and to reduce the risk of complications.
About Dr. Salloum
Gabriel Salloum, M.D., F.A.C.S., is a popular South Florida plastic surgeon with the rare designation of double board-certifications. In addition to his extensive training and 13 years of experience, Dr. Salloum has built up a loyal following in Miami Beach for his exceptional patient care.
He is known for providing patients with a soothing environment, individual support and attention, and beautiful, natural-looking results. Dr. Salloum is dedicated to his patients’ safety and results and offers peace of mind to those who are nervous about their procedure. He is always willing to answer questions or walk through his surgical techniques with patients.
Frequently Asked Questions
All plastic surgery procedures involve some risks. Breast reduction is very safe when it is performed by a board-certified and experienced surgeon like Dr. Salloum but complications like excessive bleeding, anesthesia reactions, asymmetry or poor contour, excessive scarring, changes in sensation or numbness, skin discoloration, and damage to the breast structures can occur. Patients should follow all of their surgeon’s instructions to minimize risks as much as possible.
Absolutely. Many patients choose breast reduction as part of a “mommy makeover” after having children. This combination surgery is performed during one surgical session and can incorporate additional procedures such as a breast lift, tummy tuck, liposuction, or any other procedures that will help the patient reach her individual aesthetic goals.
Because the procedure is often performed to reduce back, neck, and shoulder pain, it is sometimes deemed medically necessary. In these situations, a patient’s health insurance may cover some or all of the costs.
It’s important to consult with your doctor about a referral and to check your specific policy to see if the surgery could be covered. Patients who cannot get coverage can look into alternative financing options with our staff.
Dr. Salloum will provide a pre-surgery “to-do” list of how to prepare and what to avoid. Dr. Salloum may order tests to ensure your safety during surgery, which you’ll need to arrange with your doctor. If you smoke, you’ll need to quit well in advance of the procedure and you should stop taking NSAIDs like aspirin and ibuprofen about two weeks prior to surgery.
Patients should prepare for their recovery in advance and fill any prescriptions that Dr. Salloum provides before the day of the surgery so that they are ready when needed. In addition to arranging for a ride home, it is best to have someone stay with you for at least the first night after surgery in case you need help with anything.
If one of your breasts is significantly larger than the other, breast reduction may be able to help. If you only want to address asymmetry, however, and you would rather match the larger breast, then a breast implant may be a good alternative to reducing the size of the breasts. Implants come in all shapes and sizes. Dr. Salloum can help you decide which surgery is the best option for you.
Most women have no trouble breastfeeding after breast surgery. However, there is a small risk that damage to the breast structures can occur during surgery and affect a woman’s ability to breastfeed. To be safe, it’s best to wait until you’re done having children to move forward with breast reduction. This will also help ensure that the new contours of the breasts last for as long as possible. Pregnancy and breastfeeding can change the appearance and position of the breasts substantially.
Meet with Dr. Salloum to discuss your options for Breast Reduction
Ready to learn more about breast reduction at the Miami Center for Plastic Surgery in Miami Beach, FL? Dr. Gabriel Salloum is an expert in breast reduction and will be happy to answer your questions. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Salloum, call 305.405.6910 today.