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Breast / Reduction

Restore Your Body, Relieve Your Pain!

Excessively large breasts can raise significant concerns for women on both a cosmetic and a physical level. Disproportionate breasts can cause a variety of medical issues, including back and neck pain, skin rashes, and even skeletal deformities. Some women find that they have to restrict their physical activity due to discomfort caused by their breast, during exercise. The worst problem by far for women with large, pendulous breasts is the embarrassment and self-consciousness they feel about their bodies. Dr. Odinet understands the negative impact of overly large breasts and offers a surgical reduction for women who want to bring balance and proportion to their bodies.

The Breast Reduction Solution

A breast reduction, also called a mammoplasty or reduction mammoplasty, removes fat, tissue, and skin from the breasts making them smaller, lighter, and firmer. It can also reduce the size of the areola: the pigmented area surrounding the nipple. The primary goals of breast reduction sugery are to create proportion between your breasts and the rest of your body, relieve physical discomfort, and restore self-confidence in your appearance. One of the most significant benefits of breast reduction is the immediate improvement in your physical appearance. Additionally, this procedure offers nearly instantaneous relief from uncomfortable symptoms, such as:

  • Pain in the back, neck and shoulders
  • Skin irritation and rashes due to skin rubbing underneath the breasts
  • Grooves in the skin of the shoulders caused by tight bra straps
  • Avoidance of activities due to embarrassment or physical discomfort
  • Acute self-consciousness due to the stigma often associated with large breasts

Dr. Odinet will discuss each of your concerns with you as well as the goals you hope to achieve through breast reduction. Rest assured your surgery will be customized to your unique situation so the results will be natural, proportionate and beautiful.

Canidates for Breast Reduction Surgery

If you are considering breast reduction, the first question you should ask yourself is, “Is it right for me?” Each mammoplasty is a personal decision. This procedure should be done for yourself and not to fulfill someone else’s desires or opinions.

Breast reduction is a wise option if you are physically healthy and have realistic expectations for your procedure. In cases where heavy breasts are causing significant physical symptoms, it is possible insurance may cover at least a portion of the operation. It is essential to consult with your insurance company to determine coverage before scheduling your surgery.

It is important to Dr. Odinet that every patient is well-educated and prepared for their surgery. During your consultation, he will spend ample time discussing your concerns, medical history, family history, and the obectives you hope to achieve through breast reduction. Dr. Odinet will perform a physical examination where he will asses your breasts, take measurements, and determine with you the amount of breast tissue necessary to be excised to meet your expectations from breast reduction surgery.

Options in Breast Reduction

Because no two breast reductions will be quite the same, Dr. Odinet employs a variety of techniques to ensure you receive just the precise amount of correction necessary to achieve an optimal outcome. Some of the options you might discuss with Dr. Odinet include:

Liposuction

In a few cases, liposuction might be the least invasive way to reduce the size of the breasts. This option is restricted to patients with minimal correction required and where fat will primarily be eliminated to achieve the desired result rather than breast tissue. Breast tissue is typically too fibrous for a safe and effective liposuction process alone, but the process is often combined with a surgical reduction to achieve a more dramatic effect.

Lollipop (Vertical Incision)

The lollipop or vertical incision is the most common technique used for a breast reduction where moderate correction is required. The surgery consists of an incision around the areola (periareolar) and one extending down the lower center of the breast, resembling the shape of a lollipop. While the incision underneath the breast does result in a visible scar, Dr. Odinet meticulously sutures the opening closed to minimize the appearance as much as possible.

Anchor (Inverted-T Incision)

The final technique used for breast reduction is usually reserved for the most substantial corrections. This approach combines the lollipop incision with a horizontal line underneath the breast, creating an anchor shape. Through this incision, Dr. Odinet can access more of the breast tissue and remove additional loose skin to create an ideal shape and appearance to the breast.

Your Breast Reduction Experience

Your breast reduction surgery will be performed at either one of two locations. If your procedure is outpatient, it will likely be done at Dr. Odinet’s AAAASF-accredited facility. If you need additional care the first night, you may have your operation at Park Place Hospital, which features overnight recovery suites. General anesthesia is used for breast reduction; Dr. Odinet may add a rib block to increase your post-operative comfort level and reduce the amount of pain medication you may need during the first few days of your recovery.

During your surgery, Dr. Odinet will create the incisions as discussed during your pre-operative visits. Through the openings, he will remove excess tissue and fat, while excising loose skin to create a smooth, firm contour to the breast. He may incorporate liposuction If appropriate, which gently suctions fat out of the breast. If the areola needs to be reduced, he will take care of that during the same operation, creating a natural, proportionate look to the breast. Most breast reductions take between one to two hours to complete.

After Your Breast Reduction

Recovery from breast reduction surgery can depend on the extent of the procedure. However, it typically takes one to two weeks. During that time, you may need help around the house since you won’t be able to participate in any heavy lifting or strenuous activities. You should not participate in any vigorous workouts for up to six weeks after surgery. But you are encouraged to indulge in light exercise soon after your procedure to support the body’s natural healing process.

Being one of the most rewarding procedures Dr. Odinet performs, patients will notice relief from neck, back, and shoulder pain very soon following the surgery. However, the cosmetic results will take a bit longer to become fully apparent, as swelling is common and will need to subside before you see the final outcome. Your new contour should last indefinitely as long as you maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle.

If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of breast reduction surgery, now is the time to schedule your private consultation with Dr. Odinet.

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