Breast Reduction

Women who have heavy, pendulous breasts know that the discomfort of this body type is both physical and emotional. The women who visit Dr. Benedetti for breast reduction in the Tampa Bay area typically suffer from a variety of symptoms, including:

  • Back, neck, and shoulder pain
  • Deep grooves from bra strap pressure
  • Restricted physical activity
  • Rashes on the skin beneath the breasts
  • Difficulty fitting into bras and clothing
  • Diminished self-confidence and social discomfort

If you would like to learn more about breast reduction surgery, request a consultation with Dr. Jeremy Benedetti. Or you can call Benedetti Cosmetic Surgery at 727-289-7119 and we will schedule your appointment.

About Breast Reduction

Breast reduction surgery, also called reduction mammaplasty, is a procedure to reduce the size of overly large breasts by removing excess skin, fat, and glandular tissue. Women choose breast reduction for a variety of reasons, which include:

  • Alleviating physical and emotional discomfort
  • Balancing body proportions
  • Improving range of motion and the ability to participate in physical activities

Even teenagers may be candidates for breast reduction surgery, although Dr. Benedetti typically recommends waiting until the breasts are fully developed. A breast lift is often performed in conjunction with this procedure, given that overly large breasts have an increased tendency to sag.

The Procedure

Dr. Benedetti usually performs breast reduction with a vertical approach or "lollipop" incision. This pattern is comprised of a circular incision around the areola and a thin vertical incision down the underside of the breast. This approach eliminates the need for the long incision at the breast fold which is only required in some patients with extremely large breasts. Through these incisions, Dr. Benedetti will reduce the size of the breasts by carefully removing excess skin, fat, and tissue. In addition, Dr. Benedetti will internally reshape the breasts providing more roundness and creating internal support of the breast tissue. The result is breasts that are not simply smaller, but also lifted and reshaped to a more youthful appearance. Dr. Benedetti can also reduce the size of enlarged areolas and address issues with breast or areolar asymmetries during the breast reduction procedure.

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Recovery and Results

Prior to your surgery, you will be given detailed instructions – both written and verbal – about how to properly take care of yourself while you are healing from surgery. You should plan to set aside 5 to 7 days in order to rest while your body recuperates, and swelling, bruising, and discomfort subside. After two days, your bandages will be removed, and you will be fitted with a support bra that will help reduce comfort and promote healing. Dr. Benedetti will advise you as to when you can resume exercise. He typically allows patients to resume some light exercise such as walking on a treadmill or using a stationary bike at 2 weeks, increasing exercise intensity around the 4 week period and back to all exercise and heavy lifting at approximately 6 weeks.

Breast reduction results are immediate, though incisions will continue to fade over several months. Factors such as weight fluctuations, pregnancy, and the aging process can affect the longevity of your results. However, if your weight remains stable and you maintain a healthy lifestyle, you should be able to enjoy the results of your breast reduction for many years.

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