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Breast Reduction

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What is Breast Reduction Surgery?

For women who have large breasts that are usually out of proportion to the rest of their body, breast reduction surgery, or reduction mammaplasty provides an excellent solution. In addition to reducing the size of the breasts, the surgery also helps to make the breasts lighter and firmer as well.

Many women with large breasts suffer from back, neck and shoulder pain, along with skin irritation and difficulty breathing.  Breast reduction surgery helps alleviate all of these problems, while giving women an improved appearance and a better feeling about themselves as well.

Costs can vary based on individual patient needs and the amount of surgery required.The costs involved in this procedure include facility/hospital fees, medical tests, anesthesia fees, Dr. Jimerson’s fee and any medication or post-operative garments that may be required. Our staff will provide you with a detailed cost estimate for your procedure

As with most elective cosmetic procedures, there are several basic criteria that determine if you’re a good candidate for a breast reduction procedure. They include:

  • Your breasts are too large in proportion to your body
  • Your breasts are heavy and the nipple points downward
  • One breast is much larger than the other one
  • You have back, neck and shoulder pain from the weight of your breasts
  • You enjoy relatively good health without any medical conditions that could jeopardize your healing or present surgical risks

• You’re a non-smoker (smoking can impair the healing process), and you have realistic expectations on what the surgery can do for you

After your surgery you will be able to see the results almost immediately, but you will experience swelling and bruising. This can be helped with a cold compress, placing it on for 20 minutes, then leaving it off for 40 minutes. Your pain will be managed by the medication prescribed for you by Dr. Jimerson.Complete recovery can take several weeks to several months, but most patients return to work in about one week. You will need to wear a surgical support bra for 4-6 weeks after your procedure. Total healing can take up to six months.  During that time you will need to avoid bending over or lifting anything over 5 pounds. You will be able to get back to your exercise regime in 4-6 weeks.

Your smaller breasts will help you feel more comfortable, eliminating the back and neck pain and skin irritation common with excessively large breasts. The procedure will also help you with posture problems.Most patients are able to participate in sports activities that they were kept from due to their large breasts. Most importantly, you will begin to feel more confident without the embarrassment of breasts that are out of proportion to the rest of their body. You will no longer feel self-conscious wearing bathing suits or other forms of revealing clothing.

You will discuss various anesthesia options with Dr. Jimerson, including sedation and general anesthesia. He will determine the best type of anesthesia based on the procedure, your health history and his preferences.

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For the procedure, an incision is made in each breast, so that all excess skin, fat and tissue can be removed. Depending on your particular situation, liposuction may be used to remove additional fatty deposits.

If your breasts are extremely large and the nipple is pointing downward, it may be repositioned to give you the most pleasing appearance. Finally, the incisions are sutured together. A compression garment or surgical support bra will be placed to reduce swelling and help maintain your new shape.

As with any surgical procedure, there are some potential risks or complications. You have to determine if the benefits that you’ll obtain from your procedure outweigh the risks involved.Dr. Jimerson and his trained staff will do everything possible to minimize risks and postoperative complications. Risks of the procedure may include:

  • Anesthesia  • Bleeding  • Infection • Bruising • Scar irregularities • Blood clots • Breast asymmetry

It’s important to discuss any concerns you have with Dr. Jimerson prior to your surgery. If you have a question – please ask!

Prior to surgery you will have a consultation with Dr. Jimerson. This is an important appointment, as it will give you an opportunity to ask questions about the procedure and what you can expect from the surgery.He will discuss you specific goals, take a medical history and review your current medications. Photos may be taken, both before and after the surgery.

You will also be able to learn what options are available to you, along with the risks and possible complications of the procedure.

What happens prior to the breast reduction surgery? You will have lab tests, and the doctor may have you take new medications or adjust the medications that you’re currently taking.If you smoke, you must stop several weeks prior the surgery, as it can severely impeded the healing process.

Finally, you should arrange to have someone available to drive you home after your surgery, and to be with you for the first night.

Breast Reduction: a surgical procedure that removes excess skin, fat and tissues from breasts that are excessively large and out of proportion to the rest of the body

Excise: to cut out and remove

General anesthesia: Using drugs and gasses you’re put to sleep so you have no pain or awareness of the surgery

IV Sedation: Drugs are injected into your body to relax you

During your appointment, it’s good to ask Dr. Jimerson questions about your procedure.Here are some questions to consider:

–       What surgical technique is recommended?

–       How long will the recovery period be for my surgery?

–       What risks are associated with my surgery?

–       What type of complications can happen?

–       When will I be able to see the results of my surgery?

–       Do you think that I’m a good candidate for this procedure?

Bes sure to ask any other questions you have about Dr. Jimerson, the procedure or anything else that concerns you about your surgery.

Dr. Jimerson and his team have years of extensive training and experience in all areas of cosmetic surgery, liposuction and fat grafting. He has pioneered face and body sculpting techniques that bring patients exceptional, long-lasting results.The team is committed to meet your unique needs, with a natural, long-lasting look. Because of his expertise, Dr. Jimerson offers patients reduced operative times, which means faster recovery times. In addition, he strives to use techniques that are safer than traditional procedures.

The best way to determine if breast reduction surgery is right for you is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jimerson. The doctor will discuss the procedure, evaluate your concerns relating to your body and answer any questions you may have. To schedule your appointment, click here.