Breast Reduction in Jupiter, FL
Ladies with large breasts oftentimes suffer from back pain and shoulder pain as a result of the large size and weight of their breasts. Alleviating the pain and increasing the patient’s range of motion may require the breasts to be made smaller. Fortunately, ladies in Vero Beach, Wellington, and Palm Beach County areas know where to find help – Kim Edward Koger, M.D., F.A.C.S., of Koger Cosmetic Clinic and Medspa in Jupiter, FL.
Breast reduction surgery performed by Dr. Koger not only assists women with overly large breasts feel better physically, but it also boosts their self-esteem, confidence and body acceptance.
Back and neck discomfort paired with other issues, such as bra straps biting into the shoulders and rashes or infections under the breasts, are all common problems ladies with large breasts may experience. Surgical intervention to reduce breast size will minimize both the volume and weight of a woman’s breasts while also reshaping them and giving them a younger, perkier, more uplifted appearance. In certain cases, health insurance may cover all or part” the expense of breast reduction surgery, especially if the patient’s health is being negatively impacted.
The Best Candidates for Breast Reduction Surgery
Most reduction surgery is performed on women who find their large breasts restrict their mobility and cause physical discomfort.
In most cases, reduction surgery isn’t considered until a woman’s breasts have fully developed. There are cases where the surgery may be performed earlier if a young woman is suffering severe physical discomfort solely because of her breast size. It is best for a prospective breast reduction have realistic goals and understand what the surgery and recovery entail.
Planning Your Breast Reduction Surgery
During your initial consultation, Dr. Koger will perform an examination and measure your breasts. Next, pictures will be taken that will later be used for reference during the procedure. They also may be used for securing approval from your health insurance company. Dr. Koger will speak with you about your specifics that will factor into your procedure, such as your age, your natural breast shape, their size and the health and condition of your skin.
Many insurance carriers will cover all or part the cost of breast reduction surgery, provided it is a medical necessity. However, they may require that a certain amount of breast tissue be removed. Due to this stipulation, it’s important to read your insurance policy.
Preparing for Your Breast Reduction Surgery
Dr. Koger may request that you have a mammogram or breast X-ray performed before your procedure. He will also give you concise instructions detailing the preparation process you will need to follow to get ready for your operation. These will include rules regarding what you can eat and drink, your smoking habits and directions regarding supplements and medications you should stop or start taking. Dr. Koger may also advise that the patient change their diet prior to the surgery.
When arranging your schedule for your procedure date, be certain to ask a friend or family member to take you back home and assist you for a few days, if needed.
Types of Anesthesia
Breast reduction surgeries are typically done under general anesthesia. This means that you will be asleep throughout the entire procedure.
The Breast Reduction Procedure
Several different techniques for breast reduction exist. One typical procedure uses an incision that is shaped like an anchor. It goes around the areola and extends downwards below the areola and then follows the natural curve of the crease under the breast. During the surgery, Dr. Koger removes excess breast glandular tissue, skin and fat. The nipple and areola will be moved up to their new more natural position. Then, the breast skin will be retailored to form the new shape of the breast. Excess fat under the arm may also be removed using liposuction.
During most breast reductions, the nipples are not detached from the blood supply or nerves.
Typically, sutures are placed around the areola in a vertical line that continues down and then follows the crease under the breast. All sutures are internal and therefore there are no stitches that need to be removed.
After Breast Reduction Surgery
After your procedure is complete, you will have a light gauze dressing over your breasts. The day after surgery you can remove the dressing and shower. After showering patients only need to wear a camisol or loose shirt. Small tube drains are placed in each breast to remove any excess fluid. These are removed after a few days. You can expect to feel some moderate discomfort for the first few days after your procedure, especially when moving or coughing. There will be residual discomfort for at least two weeks. Dr. Koger will prescribe medication to manage your discomfort.
After your reduction, your first menstrual period may cause breast swelling and discomfort. It is normal to experience some temporary change in sensation of your nipples and the skin of your breasts. This happens because of the swelling and usually resolves within the first few months. In some circumstances, patients may need a year or more to recover normal sensation.
How Much Does Breast Reduction Cost?
Many insurance carriers will cover some or all of the cost of a breast reduction surgery if it is a medical necessity. To help make breast reduction affordable and available to everyone, Koger Cosmetic Clinic and Medspa in Jupiter, FL offers financing options through CareCredit®. We also accept cash, personal checks, and all major credit cards.
Getting Back to Normal
After the first few days, you can resume most of your normal routine. However, you will likely still have an occasional discomfort in your breasts for the first several weeks. In order to minimize swelling, Dr. Koger instructs his patients not to run, jog or do any upper body exercises such as pushing, pulling or lifting heavy objects for the first month. Core exercises, walking, activities of daily living, etc., are fine. Following these instructions help to keep swelling at bay.
Dr. Koger will advise you as to when you can resume all of your normal activities. Most patients are back to work and normal social activities in about two weeks, as long as those activities are not very strenuous. You should expect a reduction in stamina for a few weeks.
Your New Look
Most of the swelling and bruising will subside during the first few weeks. However, it may take between six months to a year for you to see the true, final results of your surgery. With that said, your breasts may still fluctuate in size and shape if your weight changes, you experience hormonal shifts, or you become pregnant.
While Dr. Koger will do everything possible to make the surgical marks thin and small, breast reduction marks are permanent by nature of the procedure. For the first few months, they are often red and bumpy before gradually beginning to fade into narrow lines.
Out of all the cosmetic surgery procedures available, a breast reduction will result in the quickest change to your self-esteem and confidence. The physical discomfort and burden caused by your large breasts will fade away. Your proportions will be well-balanced, and your clothing will fit better.
It will take time for you to get used to your new appearance. Be patient with yourself and remember your motivations for improving the size and shape of your breasts. If you keep your reasons in mind, you will be thrilled with your beautiful results.
If you live in or around Wellington, Vero Beach or anywhere in Palm Beach County, and are frequently having symptoms such as back or neck pain, due to your large breasts, you don’t need to suffer anymore. Take action to improve your problem, contact us to set up a breast reduction appointment with Koger Cosmetic Clinic and Medspa in Jupiter, FL.