For women whose breasts are too large for their body and who are experiencing shoulder and back pain because of their breast size, a breast reduction at Soma Plastic Surgery can reduce breasts to a comfortable size and help alleviate lower back pain.
Soma Plastic surgery is located in Lake Mary, Florida, and serves the North Orlando and Altamonte Springs areas. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. George Papanicolaou.
What is Breast Reduction Surgery?
Breast reduction, or reduction mammoplasty, is performed when one or both breasts are enlarged to the point of causing self-consciousness or physical pain. Women seek breast reduction surgery for a variety of reasons, including:
- Back, neck and shoulder pain that can be attributed to the weight of the breasts
- Breasts that are heavy or sagging, with low nipples and areolas
- Breasts that are too large in proportion to their body frame
- Skin irritation beneath the breasts or indentations in the shoulders from tight bra straps
- Physical activity limitations due to breast size
The most common breast reduction technique is a three-part incision around the nipple, downward from the areola underneath the breast, and a horizontal incision underneath the breast along the natural crease. Incision placement will be discussed during your consultation with Dr. Papanicolaou, taking into consideration your preferences and body type.
Excess fat, skin and breast tissue are removed during reduction surgery, and the nipple and areola are shifted to a higher position. Skin will be reshaped to maintain the structure of the breast, and liposuction may be used to further improve breast contours.
Am I a Good Candidate for Breast Reduction Surgery?
Women who are healthy, have realistic expectations and are unsatisfied with their large breasts typically make good candidates for surgery. During your consultation, Dr. Papanicolaou will examine your breasts and determine the best surgical techniques for you.
What is Recovery Like?
Gauze dressings will be placed on your breasts and covered by an elastic bandage or support bra as you heal. Any discomfort that is experienced after surgery is easily controlled with prescription medication from Dr. Papanicolaou.
Although most patients are able to return to work after the first week, bruising and swelling will continue for several weeks. Once these side effects subside, the support bra can be discontinued, and most normal activities can be resumed. Dr. Papanicolaou will monitor your healing and progress through follow-up appointments.
Breast reduction is designed to be permanent, but results can still be affected by significant weight gain and pregnancy.
Contact Soma Plastic Surgery today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Papanicolaou and find out if breast reduction surgery is right for you.