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Breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammaplasty, removes excess breast tissue and skin to achieve a smaller breast size.
The weight of excess breast tissue can impair your ability to lead an active life. The emotional discomfort and self-consciousness often associated with having large pendulous breasts is as important an issue to many women as the physical discomfort and pain.
Breast reduction surgery is usually performed through incisions on your breasts with surgical removal of the excess fat, glandular tissue and skin. In some cases, excess fat may be removed through liposuction in conjunction with the excision techniques described below.
The technique used to reduce the size of your breasts will be determined by your individual condition, breast composition, amount of reduction desired, your personal preferences and Dr. Shoukas’ advice.
Overly large breasts can cause some women to have both health and self image problems. In addition to self esteem issues, you may also experience physical pain and discomfort.
Your Breast Reduction Consultation (in our Lake Mary office)
Dr. Shoukas will examine and take detailed measurements of your breasts and may also take photographs for your medical record.
During your consultation in our Lake Mary office, Dr. Shoukas will discuss your goals and expectations along with likely outcomes and any potential risks or complications. The success and safety of your breast reduction depends very much on your being completely honest during your consultation. Any problems, concerns or questions you may have can be addressed by Dr. Shoukas at this time.
During your consultation, you should be prepared to discuss:
Breast reduction is usually performed in the operating room under general anesthesia. (Not in our Lake Mary office)
Recovery from Breast Reduction
Dr. Shoukas will recommend rest for the first few days following surgery. You may feel sore and tired during this time. Most discomfort associated with breast surgery can be treated with oral pain medication. Dr. Shoukas may also prescribe an antibiotic. You may experience mild swelling, tenderness, and bruising that should subside after a short time. Depending on occupation, most patients may resume work within the first week. Regular physical activity may be resumed after six weeks.