Large breasts can bring with them both a physical and emotional burden. Women with excessive breast tissue are more likely to find themselves suffering from back and shoulder pain, difficulty breathing, and discomfort during physical activities. Finding clothing that fits properly may also be difficult; many women find themselves avoiding tight shirts or swimwear.
However, if you or someone you love is struggling with large, heavy, or pendulous breasts, there is hope. Today’s breast reduction procedures utilize cutting-edge techniques for restoring a natural-looking proportion to the chest. Aesthetic Surgery Center’s Dr. William Ross and Dr. Casey Holmes are amongst Florida’s top providers of the breast reduction procedure. Using their meticulous surgical skills, coupled with an artistic eye for the female form, Dr. Ross and Dr. Holmes bring patients a chance to live a happy, healthy, active lifestyle with the breast reduction procedure.
- Breast Reduction
- The Benefits of a Breast Reduction
- What to Expect in a Breast Reduction Consultation
- The Ideal Candidate for a Breast Reduction
- Breast Reduction Procedure
- Breast Reduction Recovery
- Breast Reduction Risks and Complications
- Breast Reduction Surgery with Dr. William Ross and Dr. Casey Holmes
- Breast Reduction FAQs
Breast reduction, also known as a reduction mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure designed to reduce the size of large breasts. Utilizing a thin incision around the areola, and vertically down the breast, excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin can be removed. Not only does a breast reduction bring the chest down to a more manageable size, but the nipple can also be proportionately resized and repositioned at a pleasing height.
The Benefits of a Breast Reduction
A reduction mammoplasty will make the breast more proportionate to a woman’s body type and physical stature. The chest will look natural and organic for her shape and size. A breast reduction can also eliminate the physical problems that come along with a large, heavy chest. Women can see a relief in neck, shoulder, and back pain. A breast reduction can also bring about a newfound increase in confidence and self-esteem.
Benefits of a breast reduction can include:
- Firmer and more lifted breasts
- Bras that fit more comfortably
- Balanced and proportionate physical contours
- No more large nipples or stretched areolas
- Sports bras, tight shirts, and swimwear that look better
What to Expect in a Breast Reduction Consultation
The breast reduction consultation appointment will provide an excellent time to get to know Dr. Ross or Dr. Holmes, while they come to understand your physical desires. At this time, Dr. Ross or Dr. Holmes will explain the breast reduction procedure to you in detail. They will share a number of Before/After photographs, of their recent breast reduction patients, to help potential patients visualize the possible results.
Together, patient and surgeon will determine if a breast reduction procedure is the right choice. If so, Dr. Ross or Dr. Holmes will create a personalized surgical plan that will depend on the quality of your skin and your breast volume relative to the rest of your body.
The Ideal Candidate for a Breast Reduction
The ideal candidate for a breast reduction procedure can be a woman of any age, who is struggling with a bulky, weighty, or pendulous chest. Potential patients should be in good overall health, a nonsmoker, and have a full understanding of the breast reduction process. Realistic expectations for the final, surgical results are very important, as well.
Breast Reduction Procedure
Dr. Ross and Dr. Holmes perform all breast procedures on an outpatient basis at fully accredited, state-of-the-art ambulatory surgery centers, both in Naples and Bonita Springs. General anesthesia will be used to ensure a safe and comfortable procedure. Depending on the level of correction required, the breast reduction procedure will take between two and three hours to perform.
There are multiple techniques used by Dr. Ross and Dr. Holmes during a breast reduction procedure. The right technique will be determined by a patient’s physical situation at the consultation appointment. Dr. Ross and Dr. Holmes will custom tailor each woman’s breast reduction, and can combine the procedure with other techniques, such as a breast lift or Mommy Makeover.
The most common breast reduction techniques used by Dr. Ross and Dr. Holmes include the Vertical Reduction Mammoplasty, the Wise Pattern Reduction Mammoplasty, and Liposuction:
Vertical Reduction Mammoplasty:
- Excellent for women with minimal skin laxity or needing a moderate tissue reduction.
- Utilizes a circular incision around the areola, and then down the center of the breast to the inframammary fold.
- Provides natural, pleasing results.
Wise Pattern Reduction Mammoplasty:
- Best for women with large breasts or a significant droop in their tissues (ptosis).
- Combines the lollipop shape incisions from the Vertical Reduction procedure with a horizontal incision across the lower breast fold.
- Provides a dramatic reduction in breast tissue.
- The most common breast reduction technique used today.
- Commonly paired with a breast reduction procedure.
- Used to meticulously sculpt the breast’s shape.
- A small liposuction cannula will be placed in an incision under the arm to remove excess fatty tissue.
Breast Reduction Recovery
Women should plan on having a friend or significant other drive them home from the surgical center. For the first few days, patients will be sore and swollen. It is a good idea to have help around the house or with the kids during this time. Mild to moderate pain is not uncommon, so Dr. Ross or Dr. Holmes will prescribe the needed medications for a comfortable healing process. A support bra should be worn for up to six weeks.
A full breast reduction recovery generally takes about a week. In five to seven days, women will be back at work. Exercise can slowly be resumed, but strenuous exercise or heavy lifting (even picking up small children) should be postponed for about three weeks.
Scarring does result after a breast reduction. These will occur along the incision lines; and their severity depends on the exact procedure performed. As the scars heal and mature, they will fade somewhat, but will remain visible. Dr. Ross and Dr. Holmes will utilize meticulous technical skill and innovative suturing techniques to keep breast reduction scars as light as possible.
Breast Reduction Risks and Complications
Although rare, since the breast reduction is a surgical procedure, there is a slight chance that complications can occur. The risks include excess bleeding, infection, persistent numbness or nerve damage, and asymmetry. The best way to protect from any complications following a breast reduction procedure is to see a plastic surgeon, such as Dr. William Ross.
Breast Reduction Surgery with Dr. William Ross and Dr. Casey Holmes
As experienced plastic surgeons, Dr. Ross and Dr. Holmes have a genuine understanding of a woman’s body proportions. Their scientific background combined with an artistic eye for the human form, gives Dr. Ross and Dr. Holmes the ability to provide exceptional, natural looking breast reduction results. For this reason, Dr. Ross and Dr. Holmes are highly sought after by women in south Florida, as well as from across the state and around the country.
Naples is one of Florida’s most beautiful cities. The Aesthetic Surgery Center is located an easy drive from Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Fort Lauderdale, and Marco Island. Our office is less than a mile away from U.S. Route 41 and we are less than an hour away from the Southwest Florida International Airport. A variety of luxurious resorts and accommodations are close to the Aesthetic Surgery Center, as well as fabulous shopping, top-notch entertainment, and world-class dining.
If you have questions about the breast reduction procedures at the Aesthetic Surgery Center, or would like to schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Ross or Dr. Holmes, contact our Naples, Florida office at 239.594.9100.
Breast Reduction FAQs
The breast reduction is a surgical technique, designed to reduce heavy, uncomfortable breast tissue. A breast reduction can relieve the pain and discomfort associated with an overly large chest.
Patients have a choice of having breast reduction with Dr. Ross or Dr. Holmes at any one of a number of accredited outpatient surgery facilities in Naples, Florida.
Your breast reduction consultation with Dr. Ross or Dr. Holmes can be done in person, or online. If you are traveling from outside of the area, talk to a patient coordinator about scheduling a virtual consultation.
Mild discomfort may be experienced after a breast reduction, although this will be well controlled through prescription and over-the-counter pain medications. For the first several weeks, swelling and tenderness can occur, but these will diminish on their own. A support bra will need to be work for four to six week, allowing for appropriate healing.
Most patients are feeling well enough to return to work about a week after their breast reduction procedure at the Aesthetic Surgery Center.
Yes, scars will form along the incision lines, after a breast reduction procedure. Dr. Ross and Dr. Holmes use cutting-edge suturing techniques, minimizing the occurrence of scars. Over time, the scars will begin to fade, although they will remain visible.
Yes, the benefits of a mammoplasty are permanent. As the aging process and effects of gravity will continue to affect the body, small changes may occur in the breasts over time.