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Breast Reduction in West Palm Beach, FL
The problem of heavy breasts that are too large for your frame can cause physical and emotional discomfort. In addition, aesthetic and medical issues can significantly affect your quality of life. Harvard-trained plastic surgeon Dr. Jason Cooper offers breast reduction surgery for women who seek to look and feel their best, fit into fashionable clothing, and reduce or resolve shoulder, back, and neck pain.
Improving Confidence and Quality of Life by Reducing Breasts
Though many of our patients from South Florida, including Wellington, Boca Raton, and surrounding areas, request breast augmentation or a lift, many women we see struggle with the daily challenges posed by oversized breasts.
Dr. Cooper considers breast reduction to be one of the most gratifying procedures he performs. His patients typically experience significant improvements in their confidence and quality of life after surgery. Unfortunately, many have suffered years of pain and postural problems caused by their breasts’ weight or have had to limit their activities and wardrobes.
Learn why women considering breast reduction come to Dr. Cooper’s Jupiter 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?
When performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon with Dr. Cooper’s experience and skill, breast reduction results in improved size, shape, position, and symmetry of the breasts. He accomplishes this correction by removing excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin, while making every attempt 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 heavy, pendulous 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
During your consultation, Dr. Cooper will evaluate your physical characteristics and customize a surgical plan to create your desired results. The incisions used for your procedure depend on the surgical techniques Dr. Cooper believes are necessary to improve your breast shape and alleviate any discomfort you may be experiencing.
Dr. Cooper uses two incision patterns to perform breast reduction.
This pattern is the most common used for this procedure and is often the best choice for women with overly generous breasts. Dr. Cooper makes incisions around the areolar borders, followed by vertical incisions on the underside of each breast. He creates a third horizontal incision near the crease where the breasts attach to the chest.
The “lollipop” incision is similar to the inverted T, but without the horizontal incisions. It is appropriate for patients whose breasts require only a moderate reduction.
During your consultation, Dr. Cooper will recommend one of these two patterns and explain why he feels is the best choice for your case.
What to Expect During Breast Reduction Recovery
Women who get breast reductions, are typically among the most satisfied of all cosmetic surgery patients. They enjoy more options regarding clothing and physical activities, and they usually feel more confident in their appearance.
Most women take a week off from work to heal, asking friends or family for help with errands or other daily activities during that time. Dr. Cooper will provide you with 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 typical following an operation that involves general anesthesia, so work your way up to eating solid food.
First Week After
You’ll need to return to our office within the first 24 to 48 hours after your surgery so Dr. Cooper can remove your bandages and any drains. After that, you’ll only need to take prescription pain medication for a few more days. Some light activity is OK in the first week after surgery, but please do not lift anything heavy.
A Few Weeks After
Avoid vigorous exercise in the first four weeks after your breast reduction. Bruising and tenderness gradually diminish during this period. Some numbness or tingling may also occur and typically fade over time. Scars will gradually become less prominent, but may take up to a year or more to fade into your skin.
Breast Reduction Benefits
There is a reason Dr. Cooper has earned a reputation as one of South Florida’s premier plastic surgeons – the consistently beautiful results only a specialist with his experience and training can deliver.
Why Dr. Jason Cooper?
Dr. Jason Cooper is a well established, highly experienced, American Board of Plastic Surgery Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with extensive experience and expertise in the areas of Plastic Surgery to the Face & Breast. Dr. Cooper’s Facelift and Necklift surgery volume is consistently in the top 1% of all Plastic Surgeons in the United States. His detail and results oriented philosophy and natural aesthetic leads to surgical outcomes that are natural, predictable and safe. In addition to his extensive training in the Harvard Plastic Surgery program, Dr. Cooper is consistently on the cutting edge and incorporates best practices and the newest techniques being developed in Plastic Surgery around the world.
Dr. Cooper has a practice philosophy developed from his nearly 20 years of experience which centers around highly selective patient qualification and an individualized and detail oriented surgical plan and process with the goal of the best outcomes and patient experience possible. Dr. Cooper limits the number of patients he will operate on in one day and is highly regimented in his lifestyle in order to ensure that he is always at his best for his patients.
Dr. Cooper is a Stuart, Florida native and attended the University of Miami School and Medicine and then went onto the Combined Harvard Plastic Surgery Residency Program, one of the most prestigious programs in the country. Dr. Cooper then grew a successful practice at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Dr. Cooper has spoken nationally and internationally on such topics as anesthesia during face lifting, and laser techniques.
After 10 years in Boston, Dr. Cooper returned to South Florida in 2014 and established his practice with a private AAAASF Certified Surgical Center in Jupiter, FL and a second office location in Palm Beach, FL. Since the inception of Jason Cooper MD Plastic Surgery he has become known nationally for several cosmetic surgery procedures including facelift, eyelid surgery, and cosmetic breast surgery.
Dr. Cooper reside in North Palm Beach, Florida with his wife and two daughters and also spends time in his home in Park City, Utah. Dr. Cooper enjoys spending time with his family while alpine skiing, skinning, mountain biking, and hiking.
Learn why South Florida women and men seeking plastic surgeons in the Palm Beach Gardens area choose Dr. Cooper’s Jupiter, FL, practice. Request a consultation online to meet with Dr. Cooper, or call our office at (561) 406-6574 to schedule an appointment.
West Palm Breast Reduction FAQs
All surgeries have risks. However, breast reduction is typically safe when performed by a skilled plastic surgeon.
Common breast reduction complications include visible scarring, infection, and loss of nipple sensation. The scar will be red at first but will fade dramatically over the next year.
Dr. Cooper will administer anesthesia during breast reduction, but you should expect soreness for two to three days post-surgery. We will give you prescription pain medication and may advise placing ice packs over sore areas to help with inflammation and discomfort. Contact Dr. Cooper immediately if the discomfort lasts longer than a few days or becomes unbearable.
Dr. Cooper does not accept any insurance in his practice.
Tell Dr. Cooper if you plan to lose a significant amount of weight. Weight loss before or after breast reduction surgery can affect your results.
Sometimes liposuction is combined with breast reduction for the best results. It is not typical to do lipo to breasts instead of breast reduction.
Dr. Cooper will provide you with a surgical bra for two weeks after surgery. At your follow-up visit, we will let you know if you should continue wearing this bra or if you can wear a similar support garment. We will also inform you when it is appropriate to wear a traditional bra. Please avoid underwire bras for at least three months after having breast reduction surgery.
Breasts often change in size and shape during and after pregnancy, so it’s helpful to talk to your surgeon about the possibility of becoming pregnant after breast reduction surgery.
If you plan to get pregnant and breastfeed in the future, breast reduction surgery may limit your nursing ability if Dr. Cooper must remove a large amount of breast tissue or if the surgery affects your milk ducts. These are good questions to discuss during your breast reduction consultation.
Breast cancer risk varies from woman to woman, and studies have not shown breast reduction to increase or decrease this medical issue. If you have questions about breast cancer risk, speak to your gynecologist or Dr. Cooper during your consultation.