Breast Reduction Pensacola, FL
Excessively large breasts can cause many health issues for women, including back and shoulder pain. Insurance may cover the cost of a breast reduction, provided that patients meet the criteria. Our office can provide you with information on the insurance criteria.
Patients of any age may be a candidate for breast reduction if they are experiencing symptoms related to excessively large breasts.
Heavy, Large, Pendulous, and/or disproportionate breasts
Multiple different incision patterns and subsequent scar patterns are used depending the the existing breast size and shape. Some patients may only require a circumvertical (lollipop-shaped) scar in order to achieve the desired size reduction, weight reduction and lift. Most breast reduction patients require the addition of a horizontal scar at the bottom of the breast creating an “anchor-shaped” or “inverted T” scar to achieve the necessary reduction and lift. A breast reduction trades heavy & droopy breasts without scars for lighter & lifted breasts with scars. The most critical portion of the procedure are the pre-operative markings which are made before surgery in the pre-operative holding area. A breast reduction involves tailoring the skin envelope and careful re-arrangement of the internal glandular architecture to reduce & reshape the breast tissue while maintaining adequate blood flow to the nipple.
Lift, reshape and reduce breast size & weight.
Surgery Center or Hospital
Patients should be at a stable weight and cannot be using any nicotine containing substances. Patients should not be pregnant, breastfeeding or recently postpartum.
This is out-patient surgery. No hospital stay is required.
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You will be able to walk around, feed and bathe yourself. Depending on your pain medication requirements, you may not be able to care for others or drive a car.
You are encouraged to walk around as much as possible to help reduce the risk of DVT and thromboembolism.
After 48 hours you should remove your dressings and take a shower.
You should do mild/gentle stretching exercises immediately after surgery to prevent your arm and chest muscles from getting tight. Light exercise is ok 1 week after surgery with your new breasts well supported. No arm exercises (other than stretching) for 3 weeks.
Wait 1 week because you don’t want to increase your blood pressure during the early healing period. After 1 week, sex is ok ONLY if your partner is able resist touching your new breasts. You are the only person allowed to touch your breasts for the 6 weeks following surgery.
Depending on your type of work you can resume light office work as soon as you feel you are able to do so. Most people take about 1 week off of work following a breast reduction.
Usually peaks around 3 days and gradually goes away.
If present, should subside within 1-2 weeks.
Inherent Risks & Complications
Hematoma, Infection, Poor scarring, Tissue necrosis, Need for revision, Complications related to anesthesia.
Performed by: Dr. Leveque, Dr. Butler, Dr. Patterson