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Improving Confidence and Quality of Life by Reducing Breasts
Although many of our patients from South Florida, including Wellington, Boca Raton, and surrounding areas, request breast augmentation with breast implants or a breast lift, many other patients we see are burdened by oversized breasts. One of the most gratifying plastic surgery procedures Dr. Jason Cooper performs is breast reduction. At our practice, breast reduction patients typically experience significant improvements in confidence and quality of life after surgery. Many have suffered back and neck pain caused by the weight of their breasts, or have been restricted in their activities and wardrobes.
Learn why women considering breast reduction come to Dr. Jason Cooper’s Jupiter, Florida practice from throughout the Palm Beach area, including Palm Beach Gardens. Request a consultation online to meet with Dr. Cooper, or call our office at 561-406-6574 to schedule an appointment.
What Is Breast Reduction?
Breast reduction surgery, when performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon with the experience and skill of Dr. Cooper, results in improved size, shape, position, and symmetry of the breasts. This is accomplished by removing excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin. Every attempt is made to create minimal scarring and preserve nipple sensation.
Top Reasons for Considering Breast Reduction Surgery
Women seeking breast reductions typically experience one or more of the following conditions:
- Breasts that are disproportionate to the rest of their body
- Back, neck, or shoulder pain caused by the weight of the breasts
- Painful bra strap grooves and chafing
- Inability to participate in sports or other physical activities
- Self-consciousness because of unwanted attention
Your Customized Breast Reduction Procedure
At your consultation, Dr. Cooper evaluates your physical characteristics and designs a surgical plan for creating the results you want. The incisions used for your breast reduction procedure depend on the surgical techniques Dr. Cooper believes are necessary to improve the shape of your breasts and alleviate any discomfort you may be experiencing.
There are 2 incision patterns Dr. Cooper uses to perform breast reduction:
This is the most common incision pattern used for this procedure and is often the best choice for women with extremely large breasts. An incision is made around the areolar border, followed by a vertical incision on the underside of the breast. A third, horizontal incision is made near the crease where the breast attaches to the chest.
Similar to the inverted T, except that no horizontal incision is made. Also known as a “lollipop” incision because of its shape, a vertical incision is appropriate for patients whose breasts require only a moderate reduction.
What to Expect During Breast Reduction Recovery
Women who get breast reduction surgery are typically among the most satisfied of all cosmetic surgery patients. They enjoy more options in terms of clothing and physical activities, and they typically feel more confident after reduction surgery. The procedure itself may take anywhere from 2 to 3 hours.
Most women take a week off from work to recover, and ask friends or family help with errands or other daily activities during that time. Dr. Cooper provides detailed instructions about what to expect during the recovery and will prescribe pain relief medication to help with any discomfort you may experience.
Recovery times are different for each patient, but here are some general guidelines:
Return home and rest, following Dr. Cooper’s detailed instructions for caring for and monitoring your drains (if you have them). Walking helps with circulation and accelerates the healing process. Nausea is fairly common following an operation that involves general anesthesia, so work your way up to eating solid food.
First Week After
Bandages and possibly drains, if used, are removed at follow-up appointments with Dr. Cooper within the first 24 to 48 hours. Prescription pain medication will be needed for the first few days only. Some light activity is ok in the first week or so after surgery.
Few Weeks After
Rigorous exercising should be avoided during the first 4 weeks following the procedure. Bruising and tenderness gradually diminish. Some numbness or tingling may also occur and typically fade over time. Scars will become less prominent but may take up to a year or more to fully fade.
Why Dr. Jason Cooper?
Dr. Jason S. Cooper is a Harvard trained, board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon in practice in Jupiter, Fl. Dr. Cooper graduated from medical school at the University of Miami in 2004 with AOA honors and went on to the Harvard six-year combined plastic surgery residency program. After completing his residency at Harvard in 2010, Dr. Cooper held an academic appointment at Harvard Medical School and was on staff as a plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital for more than 4 years.
“The breast to abdominal relationship is something I focus on greatly because the breasts should be in harmony with the remainder of the body. Clothing should fit better after surgery. My patients often have more confidence as a result of their improved body shape and more congruent body proportion.”