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Breast Reduction Surgery
In Vero Beach, FL

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“Downsize” Beautifully and Safely!

Whether for medical, cosmetic, social, or emotional reasons, many women desire to reduce the size of their breasts. Dr. Alan Durkin has personally designed and perfected surgical breast reduction techniques that will safely provide you with the beautiful results you want.

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What is breast reduction?

Medically known as reduction mammaplasty, breast reduction is a surgical procedure that reduces breast size by removing excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin. The goal is to achieve desired proportionality with your body size and type.

Reasons for seeking breast reduction

Disproportionally large breasts can cause both physical and emotional distress. Excessive breast weight is often painful and can limit physical activity. Specific problems that can result from overly large breasts include:

  • Chronic back, neck, or shoulder pain
  • Rashes or skin irritations under the breasts
  • Nerve pain
  • Poor self-image
  • Wardrobe concerns
  • Social stigmas

In addition to these motivations for eliminating life challenges, perhaps you simply desire smaller breasts.

Are there disqualifiers for breast reduction candidates?

Breast reduction surgery may not be recommended if you:

  • Are very obese
  • Smoke
  • Are diabetic
  • Have heart disease
  • Want to avoid any scars on your breasts
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Selecting the Right Doctor for Your Breast Reduction Surgery

Great doctors produce great results. Partnering with the right surgeon is the most important decision you will make in optimizing the results and safety of your breast reduction procedure. Board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Alan Durkin has received worldwide acclaim and has been named one of the “Best Doctors in America” by Castle Connally. In addition, he is the author of more than 25 peer-reviewed publications.

Preparing for Your Breast Reduction Surgery

Make sure you have arranged for someone to drive you home after your surgery and have some help around the house for a few days.

In advance of your procedure, fill all of your recovery prescriptions, and stock up on and organize necessary supplies such as:

  • Ice
  • Loose and comfortable clothing
  • Gauze
  • Clean washcloths and towels
  • Ointments and creams as recommended by your doctor to care for incision sites

Your Procedure

Breast reduction surgery is performed using general anesthesia. While many procedures are done in an outpatient facility—meaning you can go home on the same day as your surgery—some may be performed in a hospital and require an overnight stay.

Your surgery typically will take 2-5 hours and may utilize surgical incisions, liposuction, or both. While nipples and areolae usually remain attached to your breasts during surgery, they may, in some cases, need to be removed and then reattached at a higher position if your breasts are very large.

Recovery and Aftercare

Following your surgery, your breasts will be covered with gauze dressings or bandages, and you will likely need to wear a surgical bra. Underarm tubes may be inserted to drain excess blood and fluid. In addition, you will be prescribed pain medication as appropriate, as well as antibiotics to guard against infection.

Up to a week after your procedure, your breasts will be tender and sensitive, and you may experience some swelling and bruising.

Plan to take a week or more away from work or school. Keep all follow-up appointments, such as those needed for removing bandages and stitches, and wait about a month until you return to strenuous exercise.

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Your Results

You’ll see a reduction in breast size immediately, but it will take months for your swelling to subside completely and your surgical scars to fade. While the final results can be considered permanent, breast shape and size may change because of age and fluctuations in body weight.

Schedule a Breast Reduction Consultation at Ocean Drive Plastic Surgery

As Dr. Durkin puts it, “Our goal at Ocean Drive Plastic Surgery is to provide you with the best possible outcome in the safest possible fashion with the least amount of surgery.”

Ocean Drive Plastic Surgery is recognized as a global hub for innovative plastic surgery treatments that produce absolutely stunning results. So let’s have a conversation about breast reduction. We invite you to schedule an appointment by calling us at (772) 234-3700.

Dr. Durkin will carefully review your medical history and ask you to provide a list of all medications and supplements you are taking. Before and after your surgery, you will need to suspend the use of any substance—such as aspirin—that can elevate bleeding. Be open about your expectations and your reasons for seeking breast reduction. Dr. Durkin will discuss how much tissue will need to be removed to achieve your goals.

Additionally, Dr. Durkin will describe the type of anesthesia recommended for your surgery and will measure and take photographs of your breasts. You may also need to complete some basic lab tests and get a baseline mammogram.

Finally, during your consultation, you will learn how to prepare for your recovery.

FAQs

You will feel nothing during surgery, since you will be under general anesthesia. Your doctor will prescribe postsurgical pain medication as needed and appropriate.

Yes, but they will fade over time. More importantly, Dr. Durkin is a master at making minimal and tiny incisions and placing them in virtually unnoticeable places.

Diet and exercise can often make some difference by helping to reduce chest fat.

Industry figures indicate most breast reduction surgeries cost between $7,700 and $9,700.

All surgeries carry risks, including infection, bleeding, poor wound healing, adverse reaction to anesthesia, and allergic reaction to materials and medications.

Complications specific to breast reduction surgery include:

  • Loss of sensation in breasts or nipples
  • Nerve damage
  • Breast asymmetry
  • Difficulty in breastfeeding

Call your doctor immediately if you notice any sign of infection.

You can have a breast reduction at any age. But if your breasts are not yet fully developed, you may need additional surgery later. Consider postponing breast reduction if you are planning future childbirths or significant changes in your weight.

If your surgery is performed, at least in part, due to address medical issues, your insurance may cover all or some of the costs. We will help you in determining whether you are eligible for coverage.

At Ocean Drive Plastic Surgery in Vero Beach, Dr. Alan Durkin and his team of providers deliver incredible results tailored to your needs in a relaxing and uplifting atmosphere. Learn more about the Ocean Drive difference by scheduling your one-on-one diagnostic consultation with Dr. Durkin today.