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.

Breast Reduction by Dr. Butler

 

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Breast Augmentation by Dr. Butler

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Breast Augmentation by Dr. Butler

 

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Breast Reduction

Typical Timing/Age

Patients of any age may be a candidate for breast reduction if they are experiencing symptoms related to excessively large breasts.

Problem

Heavy, Large, Pendulous, and/or disproportionate breasts

Procedure

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.

Breast Reduction by Dr. Leveque

 

Before

Breast Augmentation by Dr. Leveque

After

Breast Augmentation by Dr. Leveque

 

 

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Goal

Lift, reshape and reduce breast size & weight.

Facility

Surgery Center or Hospital

Preparation

Patients should be at a stable weight and cannot be using any nicotine containing substances. Patients should not be pregnant, breastfeeding or recently postpartum.

Anesthesia

General anesthesia.

Hospital stay

This is out-patient surgery. No hospital stay is required.

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Assistance

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.

Walking

You are encouraged to walk around as much as possible to help reduce the risk of DVT and thromboembolism.

Showering

After 48 hours you should remove your dressings and take a shower.

Exercise

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.

Sex

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.

Work

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.

Swelling

Usually peaks around 3 days and gradually goes away.

Bruising

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

 

Gulf Coast Plastic Surgery is the only plastic surgery office in the area offering Canfield Vectra 3-D Imaging and Breast Sculptor software.