About Breast Reduction Surgery
Having excessively large breasts can create physical and social difficulties for women, including extreme back pain and insecurity with their appearance. To remedy this, board-certified plastic surgeon Roderick M. Urbaniak, M.D. has helped countless women regain their confidence and enjoy the life they want with cosmetic breast reduction surgery. We offer this life-changing service for patients who experience physical symptoms as a result of the size of their bust, like neck and back pain, bra strap grooving, and difficulty exercising. Additionally, Dr. Roderick Urbaniak performs breast reductions to help improve upon the self-esteem issues associated with possessing overly large breasts. Choosing to have breast reduction can be a very gratifying decision for many women. This cosmetic procedure at Urbaniak Plastic Surgery reduces excess breast tissue and skin to recontour the breasts, which creates a smaller and healthier size. This surgery also reconstructs the size of the areolas and nipples and repositions them so they look normal and proportional with your new breast size. In many cases, a breast lift is also performed to provide a tighter and healthier overall appearance.
If your heavy and overlarge breasts interfere with aspects of your daily life, such as exercising or even trying on clothes, then undergoing a surgical breast reduction could be the solution you've been seeking. This procedure is a wonderful option for women who are tired of dealing with the frustrations that come with having a prominently sized bust. Breast reduction surgery is also performed to recontour the breasts, which produces a smaller, desirable shape that is less hindering. To qualify for a reduction procedure, it is important to maintain a stable weight so your results are not altered later on.
Breast reduction surgery is an outpatient procedure and performed with the patient under general anesthesia. The timeframe for the surgery depends on many factors, such as the incision type employed, the overall surgical technique used, the amount of tissue removal that is required, and whether or not the nipple-areola complex needs to be repositioned. Typically, liposuction is incorporated for tissue and fat removal, which decreases the size of the breasts. During your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Robert Urbaniak, every step of your personalized reduction surgery will be discussed in full. With this procedure, there is a chance for scars to develop at the surgical sites. However, modern techniques have been designed to significantly decrease the overall amount of scarring that will occur. Depending on the severity of the reduction, either an anchor or a vertical incision will be made. Any excess breast tissue will be moved, and the surrounding tissue will be pulled tight and lifted. From there, the skin will be secured with sutures.
What to Expect
After your surgery, you will be observed closely in a designated recovery area for a period of time. After this, you will be sent home to heal. A thin draining tube will be placed near the surgical site to assist with bleeding. You will be required to wear a medical sports bra for several days — this medical sports bra will increase blood flow to the breasts during the initial stages of your recovery. Within a month or so, your breasts will naturally adjust to their new positions, and your post-operative side effects will cease. Most of our Urbaniak Plastic Surgery patients report that the new size of their breasts allows them to feel lighter, brisk, and more confident. After reduction surgery, you will be able to wear the clothes you want and feel thrilled and rejuvenated with your new look. Following your procedure, it is important to maintain a healthy weight so your results are not compromised with significant weight gain or loss.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does breast reduction surgery cost?
The cost of your breast reduction surgery will be discussed with Dr. Roderick Urbaniak during your private consultation. Once your customized treatment plan has been created, we will be able to more accurately estimate your costs, including anesthesia and facility fees. Because breast reduction surgery can create significant improvements in patients' lives, our team understands how important this procedure can be for many women. We will work with you to make your surgery is as affordable as possible by communicating with your insurance company or helping you find low-interest medical financing.
Will my insurance cover breast reduction?
In some cases, your health insurance may cover part of the cost of breast reduction surgery if it is deemed medically necessary. If you're considering using insurance, let Dr. Urbaniak know so we can help with your claim. You should talk to your insurance company to find out if your policy may cover the surgery and what information they require to approve it. Your insurance will most likely decide the necessity of the surgery based on measurements like your height, weight, body mass index (BMI), and body surface area.
Will my nipples be moved?
In most cases, the nipples and areola will be shifted upward to a higher position on the breast during your surgery. If a large amount of tissue and skin is being removed, your nipple-areola complex may need to be adjusted. Dr. Roderick Urbaniak will choose a technique that will allow the nipple and areola to be moved higher on the breast. It is also possible to reduce the size of the areola with an areolatome. All of these options will be discussed during your consultation so Dr. Urbaniak can help you decide on the best surgical plan to achieve your goals.
Can I breastfeed after a breast reduction?
Breast reduction surgery may affect your ability to breastfeed. While some women may still be able to breastfeed after a reduction, some cannot. It is difficult to predict whether your surgery will cause you problems with breastfeeding. For this reason, Dr. Roderick Urbaniak recommends patients to be done having children or willing to not breastfeed before deciding to have breast reduction surgery.
Can my breasts re-grow after surgery?
After reduction surgery, your breasts can get bigger or smaller with significant weight changes. This is why it's helpful to be at a healthy, stable weight before your surgery. During your consultation, Dr. Roderick Urbaniak will talk to you about the best ways to prepare for your procedure and what you should do after to ensure that you are happy with your results.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 3 weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 3 – 4 hours
Smaller Breasts, Larger Life
Dr. Roderick Urbaniak has helped countless women reclaim their health and live a fuller life with cosmetic breast reduction surgery. During your first visit at Urbaniak Plastic Surgery, we will talk you through all of your possible options to help you reach your desired outcome. From there, we will work with you to develop a customized treatment plan to fit your needs. There is no need to continue living with the discomfort or lack of confidence that can accompany oversized breasts. If you live in the greater Clearwater area or beyond, we welcome you to call our practice in Largo, FL to learn more about effective breast reduction surgery.