Breast Reduction in Tampa, FL and Atlanta, GA
You do not have to suffer with back pain and discomfort from large breasts any longer. Dr. Mang is board certified and is an experienced breast reduction surgeon who is greatly admired for his strong commitment to helping people feel their best. Breast reduction surgeries are performed by Dr. Mang in his state-of-the-art cosmetic surgery center. Mang Plastic Surgery is proud to offer breast reduction and other plastic surgery procedures to residents of Tampa and St. Petersburg, Florida, as well as Atlanta, Alpharetta, and the neighboring communities in Georgia. His commitment to building specialized plans for every patient helps him acquire the most natural-looking results.
Many women seek breast reduction, also known as reduction mammoplasty or mastoplasty, because they are having back and neck problems caused by the excessive weight of their breasts. The main goals of this procedure are to give you smaller, lighter, aesthetically shaped breasts that will be in better proportion to your body and to relieve neck, back, and shoulder pain. You may want to consider liposuction to remove excess fat from the underarm area as well.
What Happens During The Procedure?
The breast reduction procedure can take between two to four hours depending on the complexity of your particular needs. The two most common methods for this procedure include: the inverted T and the vertical incision method.
Incisions with the inverted T go around the areola, straight down to the breast and runs from side to side in the crease beneath the breast. Excess glandular tissue, fat and skin will be removed. The nipple and areola are then moved to their new, higher location. If your breasts are very large, the nipples and areolas may need to be completely removed and reattached to a higher location. Skin from both sides of the breast is brought down and around the areola to contour the new shape of your breasts. Very fine sutures will be placed. Incisions will be glued with tissue seal to reduce scaring, and a compression dressing or support bra will be placed.
For women with moderately large breasts the vertical incision method may be the best option. Incisions will be placed around the areola and straight down to the bottom of the breast. Excess glandular tissue, fat and skin will be removed. The breast is reconstructed from the inside and secured in place by sutures. The nipples and areolas are then repositioned in a new higher location; drains may be placed to help remove excess fluid. Incisions will be closed with very fine stitches and tissue glue will be used to reduce scaring. A compression dressing or support bra will be placed.
What is the Cost of a Breast Reduction?
Dr. Mang is conscious of his patients’ budgets and keeps his prices competitive. Plastic surgery procedures can range depending on the needs and goals of each patient, therefore, it is important to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mang to discuss pricing. At Mang Plastic Surgery, we believe that a cosmetic procedure is an investment in your self-confidence, which will be beneficial for years to come. Sometimes that may be costly, and that is why we offer financing through CareCredit®.
Preparing For Surgery
Your initial consultation is extremely important. Every woman has a different idea of what the best size and shape for her breasts are, so it is important to discuss your expectations. During your consultation please be prepared to discuss your medical and surgical history as well as provide a list of medications you are currently taking. Our team will want to know of any existing medical concerns or habits that might impact your surgery, like smoking habits, high blood pressure, severe allergies or blood clotting issues.
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- Stop smoking. It is important to discontinue the use of cigarettes and other nicotine products as they constrict blood vessels and slow the healing and recovery process.
- Avoid alcohol. This is not long term, but alcohol use should be discontinued for at least two weeks before surgery and two weeks after surgery.
- Vitamins and other OTC drugs. Discontinue the use of these for at least two weeks before surgery.
- Pain medication. Dr. Mang may prescribe you pain medication to alleviate any discomfort. It is important to fill these prior to surgery and bring them to the procedure.
- Drink water. Water is a very helpful tool both before and after surgery. It is important to drink plenty of water before surgery and after. Water helps flush out toxins.
- Aspirin and Ibuprofen. Discontinue the use of both of these for at least two weeks before and after surgery. These products thin you blood and can interfere with your body’s ability to heal.
- Getting home. After surgery driving is prohibited. Arrange for transportation home.
What To Expect After Surgery
Work: Most patients with office jobs are back to work within two weeks after surgery depending on how they are felling. If a high level of activity is required for your job, talk with your doctor about a time frame that will be appropriate for you to return to work.
Swelling and Bruising: Your breasts will be bruised, swollen, and uncomfortable. This can last for approximately two to three weeks. To help minimize swelling, sleep with your head elevated for the first several days. Dr. Mang recommends using the herb arnica before and after surgery to help prevent and reduce bruising and swelling.
Showering: You may shower on the second or third day following surgery but you must put your support bra back on immediately. Be sure to dry the area around the incisions and the drains well.
Discomfort: Just after surgery, you will feel chest discomfort. Take the pain medication prescribed to help keep it to a minimum, however, if you begin to have severe pain, contact your surgeon immediately.
Recovery: Within a day after surgery, you should be up and walking around. You will need to wear a compression garment or support bra for four to eight weeks following surgery. Wearing an underwire bra is not allowed during recovery. Avoid any high impact activities for about two months. Lifting should be kept to a minimum for two weeks.
Results: Each patient heals and scars differently. It is vital to keep in mind that the results of this procedure vary from patient to patient. However, most patients will enjoy their final result within one to three months.
Breast reduction surgery is done to change the size, firmness, shape, and weight of the breasts. Surgery can also help alleviate back pain caused by large breasts. Breast reduction surgery is performed by Dr. Brandon Mang, a board-certified plastic surgeon, in the Tampa and St. Petersburg, Florida area and he also serves patients in Atlanta, Alpharetta and the neighboring communities of Georgia. Contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mang today.