What is A Breast Reduction?
If you are living with overly large breasts, we encourage you at Vinyard Institute of Plastic Surgery (VIPS) to consider consulting with us about breast reduction surgery. Abnormally large breasts can cause social, functional, and physical setbacks that take their toll on your body and mind. In addition, uneven and very large breasts can create self-confidence issues and embarrassment, as well as joint pain, stretch marks, lower nipples, and more. Dr. William Vinyard is a board-certified cosmetic plastic surgeon in Port Saint Lucie, FL who treats women with large, uncomfortable breast through a surgical breast reduction. This aesthetic surgery at VIPS reduces excess breast tissue, fat, and redundant skin, to redefine and reshape the breasts to a smaller and healthier size. Breast reduction surgery also changes the size and location of the nipples/areolas so they are symmetrical with the new breast size. In most cases, a breast lift can also be performed to produce a tighter and younger-looking breast appearance after years of the heaviness has damaged the skin by stretching it.
Breast reduction is a surgical procedure that removes and repositions fat, breast tissue, and skin from the breasts, making them smaller and lighter while providing a cosmetic improvement. This procedure also provides physical relief for women who suffer from back, neck, and shoulder pain. It can also improve skin conditions underneath a heavy breast that may be chaffed or irritated by continuous sweat that collects below large breasts. Over time the constant pull of bra straps on the shoulders can cause neck and back pain. In addition, severe skin-on-skin contact of the breasts with the rib cage can cause irritation and even infection. Dr. Vinyard approaches breast reduction from a functional and cosmetic approach. The overall functional goal of breast reduction is to relieve tension on the neck, shoulders, and back plus decrease the skin-on-skin contact of the breast and the rib cage to decrease a rash-like irritation and possible infection. Dr. Vinyard’s aesthetic goal for breast reduction is to achieve a more youthful appearance to the breast by narrowing and elevating the breast on the chest wall and restoring the fullness in the upper part of the breast.
In a private consultation, we can discuss your goals for your breast reduction. Please allow 1– 1.5 hours for your breast reduction consultation with Dr. Vinyard. Consider this time to be dedicated to doing something for yourself and your health. Make your appointment at VIPS today.
Breast Reduction Reviews
"From my first phone call all the way through my last follow-up, Dr. Vinyard and his Staff were amazing!!! I had so many questions due to my breast reduction and lift being a revision and they never made me feel rushed or as if I was taking up their time. In fact they called me back in for a second consultation just to make sure that I was comfortable and understood all that was explained in my prior visit. I have recommended them to anyone whom I’ve discussed this with. Now I feel like I’m visiting family when I go in. And as a bonus the office and environment is beautiful!"- M.B. / Facebook / Feb 16, 2021
"Amazing Round 2 !!! - Back at it again for Round 2! Well after my lipo procedure I definitely knew that I needed a breast reduction. It’s something I’ve been wanting for years. I had super heavy asymmetrical breasts and was very scared about the procedure for some reason, but since having my lipo and the experience and trust I gained for VIPS I went through I knew Dr. Vinyard was the way to go. I Had my breast reduction and lift on 9/9. I am 3 days post op and not feeling as bad as u thought. I also had a bit of lipo on my upper back and axilla (under arm fat) I figured if I’m under you might as well get it all haha. Well I will share my pictures so far but can I just say this guy is truly a magician. Of course the staff especially Mary Louise and the nurses at the surgery center are so warm and accommodating. I literally love all of them. I feel amazing I can’t even believe when I look down what I’m seeing. Hoping the recovery process is quick and painless but well we all here know how that goes. So far so good!!"- S. / RealSelf / Sep 11, 2021
"Extremely Happy with my Results! - I’m an active mother of two by Cesarean(10-12yrs old). I on strict bedrest with both of them and carried all the weight in my belly. I have had a slim and athlete build all my life but after kids my tummy was never the same. I wanted to feel like myself and be secure with my mid section. I continued with my daily exercise regimen but noticed that I had a huge bulge when doing any core or ab workout(not to mention extra skin/distorted belly button/stretch marks). I was told by my gynecologist that I had diastases rectus and this could only be repaired via cosmetic surgery. I was floored to hear this news because I’m a low maintenance and “natural “ woman but this was a personal issue that was troubling me to the core. I never even thought of ever wanting/needing a cosmetic procedure. How could I be so selfish to spend money that could go towards the family for a cosmetic procedure?For the next 10 years I researched the procedure, surgeons in my area, before/after pics and support required for recovery. During this time, I also started to slowly save towards my procedure. After several consultations with surgeons, I came across Dr. Vinyard’s precise work. I scheduled my appointment for a consultation and then all of the emotions began. Thankfully at the consultation, all my anxiety/fears were removed. I did cry during the consultation but it was a sense of relief that I had finally found hands that I would trust for my procedure. I secured my surgery date the same day. Dr.Vinyard and Mary Louise guided me through each step in the process for my tummy tuck with muscle repair and breast augmentation. Dr. Vineyards attention to detail and his meticulousness is remarkable. I’m beyond happy with the results."- F. / RealSelf / Apr 18, 2021
"I had a breast augmentation for asymmetry and the results were life-changing - Best experience I had in a very long time. Such a warm and welcoming staff. They really care about you and want what’s best. Walked me through every step and supported me like family. I don’t think I would have found such a comfortable environment anywhere else. Dr. Vineyard is an amazing doctor. Listened to my concerns, answered ever question and really suggested the best options for me. He really cares about achieving the best result possible for you and making you very confident and informed in your journey. They did an amazing job. My results were phenomenal I could have never imagined they would turn out this good. I’m so happy with the entire experience. The healing process was smooth and fast. They checked up on me throughout the entire process. I had a breast augmentation for asymmetry and the results I got from VIPs changed my life. I always look forward to coming in for an appointment because it’s such a kind and comfortable place to be. I truly have so much respect for Dr. Vinyard and the VIPs staff. Thank you so much for everything you guys do."- A. / RealSelf / Dec 09, 2021
"Breast Reduction / Lift , & I Love My Results!!! - A Breast Lift & Reduction is something I’d contemplated since I was 16 years…..Fast forward 23 years later when I finally felt it was time! Time to find the right surgeon! I debated traveling to Miami, but in my search I came across Vineyard Institute of Plastic Surgery. I was Immediately impressed with the “before and after’s” on their site, and decided to request a consult. One phone call with Blair and I was even more excited to have schedule a consult and see if I had found the right surgeon! Blair was just the beginning, at my initial consult I met Mary Louise (So awesome!), who made me feel super relaxed and at ease. She talked me through what to expect, made sure my questions were answered and let me know I could reach out at any time if something ever came up, no matter how small; before or after the procedure. Dr. Vineyard is truly the icing on the cake! His whole demeanor is what sealed the deal for me; His approach is very calming and reassuring. He never made me feel rushed and answered all my questions thoroughly, even the ones I’m sure I asked more than once. He is so professional, yet very comforting! Dr. Vineyard and his entire team truly understand how to make you feel like a true VIP! The process was extremely smooth and one I’ll never regret. Surgery, the follow up appointments and most importantly the after-hours support was truly AMAZING! I LOVE MY RESULTS! & so I can guarantee Vineyard Institute of Plastic Surgery will definitely be my one only choice for any future procedures! Thank you Dr. Vineyard & your AMAZING TEAM!"- V. / RealSelf / Dec 22, 2021
Who Is A Candidate?
If you are challenged with heavy and overly large breasts that create obstacles in your daily life, cosmetic breast reduction may be a good option to get the body you wish for. This surgery is helpful for women who experience frustration and worry or find it difficult to lead an active life because of the weight of their breasts. If you also deal with ongoing skin issues (as well as back or neck pain), this surgery can reduce these annoyances. It is important that you are at a normal weight, and find a trained surgeon like Dr. Vinyard who understands their desired outcome and has the aptitude to produce a pleasing and natural appearance.
Once you are here for a consultation to see if you qualify for a breast reduction, we will escort you to our consultation room. There you will have photos taken for documentation and surgical planning. Next, our nurse or patient care coordinator will take your detailed health history. Once she has conveyed this information to Dr. Vinyard, he will then begin your breast reduction consultation. This will consist of an analysis and conversation about your breast size and shape, a physical exam, and a detailed discussion of your options. Lastly, you will meet with the patient care coordinator who will explain your quote to you if this is a cosmetic breast reduction. If it is a breast reduction requiring a pre-authorization, then we will file the necessary paperwork for you and get in touch once we hear back from the insurance carrier.
What's the Technique?
Breast reduction surgery is an outpatient process and is performed with general anesthesia. The timing of surgery (3 – 4 hours) is dependent upon many factors, including the complexity of the incision, the overall reduction technique, and finally, how much reduction is required. The nipple and areola repositioning is also a time-cost factor. For most patients, liposuction is incorporated for fat and tissue elimination to decrease the breast size. During the private consultation, all of these factors will be discussed with Dr. Vinyard. The potential for scarring is also scrupulously discussed as it is common to occur. However, surgical skill and advanced reduction techniques have led to a noticeable reduction in overall scarring. Depending on the intricacy of the reduction, either an anchor or a vertical incision will be incorporated. The breast tissue will be removed with liposuction, and the existing tissue and skin will be pulled tight and secured. Most likely, we will also be repositioning your nipple/areola complex into a higher position. A small, tube-like draining device will most likely be placed near the surgical site to reduce bleeding and swelling. Once your incisions are closed. We will put you in a compression bra and send you to recuperate in our recovery room. After Dr. Vinyard discharges you from the surgery, you will return to the convenience of your home after your breast reduction and be accompanied by a responsible adult. However, a hospital stay may be recommended by Dr. Vinyard depending on your medical health.
What Can I Expect?
Within about a month, your lighter breasts will position themselves and settle as the post-op effects will dissipate. You may see bruising for two weeks and swell for six weeks post-op. Most patients are ready to return to sedentary work in 1 – 2 weeks. You will need to continue to avoid repetitive motions and heavy lifting for three weeks after surgery as this can cause unwanted complications. You will be able to return to most of your activities six weeks following your breast reduction. Many of our VIPS breast reduction patients have remarked that they feel more weightless, lighter, and loving their results. After breast reduction surgery, you can buy the clothes you could not wear before and feel enthusiastic about your new appearance. Remember, it is still important to stay at a healthy weight so the results are not affected in a negative way.
You may feel lighter immediately after the surgery, however, it may take three months following your breast reduction to see your result from the surgical procedure (because of swelling). The type of approach that Dr. Vinyard uses helps to prolong your results but takes a few months to develop the shape of the breast. At first, you will appear very full on the upper portion of the breast and over the course of three months, the breasts will take on the rounded appearance to the lower part of the breast as they will continue to reshape over the course of a year and the scars will continue to improve over 18 months to two years.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does breast reduction surgery cost?
The cost of your breast reduction surgery will be discussed with Dr. Vinyard during your consultation. Once he has developed your treatment plan, it will be easier to estimate your costs, including anesthesia, fees for the surgical facility, and more. Breast reduction surgery often causes a significant improvement in a patient's life, so our team will help you find low-interest financing to make your treatment affordable. We will provide you a written quote regarding the costs involved with a cosmetic breast reduction. Dr. Vinyard's professional fee, facility fee, anesthesia fee, initial consultation, all pre and post-operative visits are included in the cost of your surgery.
Are there financing options available for my breast reduction?
Yes. Our practice participates with CareCredit although we do not directly finance any procedures. You may also want to research options through your bank of choice. We also accept all major credit cards including VISA, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
Will my nipples be moved?
In most cases, the nipples and areola will be shifted up to a higher position on the breast during the surgery. If an extensive amount of tissue and skin are being removed, your nipple-areola complex may need to be moved upward. This is actually a good thing, especially if you have been living with nipples that point downward. Dr. Vinyard will choose a technique like a lollipop incision so the nipple and areola can be moved higher on the breast. It is also possible to reduce the size of the areola for a more pleasing, symmetrical look without stretched out skin. All of these options will be discussed during your consultation before Dr. Vinyard helps you decide on the right 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. Vinyard recommends that patients be done having children or be willing to not breastfeed future babies before having 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 that's easy for you to maintain. During your consultation, Dr. Vinyard will talk to you about the best ways to prepare for your surgery and what you should do after to ensure you are happy with your results.
Can my breast reduction be combined with other procedures?
Commonly, patients will also require liposuction of the breast near the underarm to achieve a better contour to the overall appearance of the breast. Additional surgeries will be assessed individually during your consultation.
Smaller Breasts, Larger Life
Dr. Vinyard has helped countless women reclaim their bustline for a more engaging life with surgical reduction of the breasts. During your first visit at VIPS, Dr. Vinyard will go over all of the options to reach your desired outcome and personalize a treatment plan to fit your needs. There is no need to continue living with the discomfort or lack of confidence that can sometimes accompany oversized breasts. Please call our practice in Port Saint Lucie, FL to understand more about this life-changing breast reduction surgery.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 1 Week
- Average Procedure Time
- 4 – 5 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 – 3 Days
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