Who is a good candidate for a breast reduction?
Our patients in Fort Lauderdale and throughout South Florida who have heavy, pendulous breasts might be interested in learning more about the breast reduction procedure. Dr. Jon Harrell has nearly 24 years of experience and is a board certified plastic surgeon; he can walk you through the entire process and explain what will happen during your breast reduction.
Ideal breast reduction candidates are in good overall health, have large, heavy, pendulous breasts that cause neck and/or back pain and come in with reasonable expectations for the procedure.
What happens during my breast reduction?
First, you will be put under general anesthesia for your safety and comfort; your breast reduction procedure usually only takes between two and three hours.
Then, Dr. Harrell will make a small incision in your breast around the nipple. He will then remove excess fat and tissue.
After re-sizing your breasts to the volume you and Dr. Harrell discussed, he will then re-shape your breasts. The end result is smaller, more comfortable breasts with an attractive shape and feel.
Is breast reduction safe?
The breast reduction procedure is common and safe. Dr. Harrell has more than two decades of experience and will do all he can to reduce your risk of complications.
For an example of Dr. Harrell’s work, you can view our breast reduction gallery.
What about recovery from breast reduction?
Dr. Harrell will discuss the recovery process with you before your procedure. It’s important to follow the doctor’s instructions, as they will allow you to recover faster.
Generally speaking you can expect the full recovery from your breast reduction to take up to six weeks. However, you will usually be able to return to week within a week of your procedure. There will be some swelling and bruising immediately after the procedure. This is nothing to worry about, and Dr. Harrell can prescribe you pain medication if necessary.
You should avoid strenuous activity for a few weeks after your breast reduction. Dr. Harrell will be able to tell you which specific activities you should not engage in if you are curious.
How will I pay for my breast reduction?
As with all procedures, we offer a variety of financing options for our patients. The good news is that because a breast reduction offers concrete medical and therapeutic benefits, many insurance plans cover the procedure.
You should speak to your insurance company and find out if they cover breast reductions.
If you’re looking for a qualified plastic surgeon in the Fort Lauderdale area to perform your breast reduction, or have additional questions about breast reduction, please contact The Weston Center for Aesthetic Medicine and Surgery online or call (954) 526-0066 today to arrange a consultation.