Breast Reduction in Boca Raton

Reduce the size of your breasts for a more proportionate body contour

Women with very large, pendulous breasts may experience a variety of medical problems including back pain, neck pain, skin irritation, skeletal deformities and breathing problems caused by excessive breast weight. Bra straps may leave indentations in their shoulders. And unusually large breasts can make a woman, or a teenage girl feel extremely self-conscious.

If you’re considering breast reduction, this will give you a basic understanding of the procedure- when it can help, how it’s performed, and what results you can expect. It can’t answer all of your questions, since a lot depends on your individual circumstances. Please be sure to ask your doctor if there is anything about the procedure you don’t understand.

What is Breast Reduction?

Breast reduction, technically known as reduction mammaplasty, is designed for such women. The procedure removes fat, glandular tissue, and skin from the breasts, making them smaller, lighter, and firmer. It can also reduce the size of the areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple. The goal is to give the woman smaller, better-shaped breasts in proportion with the rest of her body.

Who is a Candidate?

Breast reduction is usually performed for physical relief rather than simply cosmetic improvement. Most women who have the surgery are troubled by very large, sagging breasts that restrict their activities and cause them physical discomfort.

In most cases, breast reduction isn’t performed until a woman’s breasts are fully developed; however, it can be done earlier if large breasts are causing serious physical discomfort. The best candidates are those who are mature enough to fully understand the procedure and have realistic expectations about the results. Breast reduction is not recommended for women who intend to breastfeed.

How is a Breast Reduction Performed?

The breast reduction procedure is often performed on an out-patient basis. After Dr. Berman removes excess breast tissue, fat, and skin, the nipple and areola will be shifted to a higher position. The areolas may also be reduced in size.

There are a number of incisions options to choose from to achieve this procedure, including the “donut” incision, which is created around the areola and nipple, the “keyhole” incision, which is created around the areola and vertically down to the breast crease, and the “anchor” incision, which is created around the areola, down to the breast crease, and horizontally across the crease. The incision pattern that is right for you will depend on the amount of improvement desired.

Recovery and Results

Following your breast reduction procedure, you will have surgical dressings placed and drains in each breast. You may also have compression garments on to support your new body contours. Redness, swelling, and bruising may occur during recovery, and any discomfort can be controlled with pain medication. Exercise and strenuous activity should be avoided for at least 3-4 weeks. Dr. Berman will provide you with specific post-op instructions to help ensure a smooth and comfortable recovery.

If you are interested in learning more about the breast reduction procedure in Boca Raton, contact our office today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Berman.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can breast grow back after reduction?

Yes, under certain circumstances, though it's not very common.

Can you drink alcohol after breast reduction?

You should avoid alcohol for 48 hours after having breast surgery and while you are taking medications.

Do you lose feeling in your nipples after breast reduction?

Some women lose sensation in their nipples after a breast reduction.

Do you lose weight after breast reduction?

Yes you do lose some weight.

How dangerous is breast reduction surgery?

Your plastic surgeon and/or plastic surgery staff will explain in detail the risks associated with surgery.

How is the recovery from breast reduction?

You will need to take at least one week off from work or school for breast reduction surgery. Some people need two weeks, but each situation varies.

How long do stitches stay in after breast reduction?

Sutures are usually placed and remain in place for approximately 2-3 weeks.

Is it OK to wear a sports bra after breast reduction?

Wearing a sports bra after a breast augmentation, reduction, lift or reconstruction can be uncomfortable but some may need to wear a sports bra.

Does insurance pay for breast reduction?

Breast reduction is not always medically necessary. If the breast reduction is for cosmetic purposes, then most insurances will not cover it. If enlarged breasts are causing health issues, then this surgery may be fully or partially covered depending on your insurance plan. For any questions regarding payment and financing, please feel free to talk to Dr. Berman or our patient care coordinator.

Does weight gain increase breast size?


Has anyone had a second breast reduction?

Yes just depending on the person it's a case by case situation.

How do you know when you need a breast reduction?

Women choose a breast reduction for different reasons. Whether it be for beauty reasons or health concerns, oversized breasts are linked to many health problems, agony, and discomfort but it's truly up to the person.

How do breast reductions work?

The surgeon has to remove excess breast tissue, fat and skin and raise the nipple and areola.

How do I know if I need a breast reduction?

Depends on the patient's health, wants and needs.

How long does it take for swelling to go down after breast reduction?

It can take 6-9 months but each person has different healing times.

How long does it take to recover from a breast reduction?

Varies on the person but anywhere from 3 to 6 weeks.

How many cup sizes can you go down with breast reduction?

Depends on the person.

How much do breast reductions cost?

Every plastic surgeons office varies but it depends what is needed for the patient to have the best results.

What causes breast reduction?

The person's discretion and a medicals doctors opinion

What happens after breast reduction?

During your Pre-OP appointment with your surgeon, you will be given take-home instructions.

When can I sleep without a bra after breast reduction?

Depending on your healing discussed in your post-op appointments because everyone heals differently.

When can I wear a normal bra after breast reduction?

Depending on your healing discussed in your post-op appointments because everyone heals differently.

Does breast size affect weight?

Yes depending on the person.

How long does it take breast reduction to heal?

Depending on the person it can take a few weeks or months.

How much is 500 grams breast reduction?

1 lbs

How painful is a breast reduction?

Depending on the pain tolerance of the person but you can have some discomfort for a few days or weeks after your procedure.

Is it worth getting a breast reduction?

That depends on the person.

Why do breasts grow back after a reduction?

The breast reduction procedure removes a portion of glandular tissue (as well as fatty tissue and skin), but the remaining glandular tissue can enlarge after surgery due to pregnancy, breastfeeding, medications or other hormonal changes. But it all depends on the person.

Why do my breasts hurt and feel heavy?

There can be a variety of possible causes that a doctor will need to do a medical examination to diagnose the problem.

What are the symptoms that require a breast reduction?

Typically, patients who require breast reduction suffer from back and neck pain, skin chafing, and restriction of the activities that they wish to do, such as exercise. Many patients also experience discomfort from their bra straps, posture issues, and even numbness or tingling in their hands and fingers.

What causes extremely large breasts?

Most often, large breasts are simply genetic. However, pregnancy and breastfeeding or hormone imbalances can also cause extremely large breasts.

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Dr. Jonathan Ross Berman is a Boca Raton plastic surgeon who has been certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology / Head and Neck Surgery with over 25 years of practice experience specializing in Breast Augmentation, Rhinoplasty, Face Lift, Liposuction, and many other types of plastic surgery in Boca Raton, FL.

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