About Breast Reduction Surgery
Excessively large breasts can create physical and social issues for women. Furthermore, extremely large breasts can lead to insecurity issues and overall embarrassment, as well as neck and back pain. Dr. John J. O'Brien Jr. is a plastic surgeon in St. Petersburg, FL who has helped countless women regain their confidence and enjoy the life they want through a cosmetic breast reduction. This plastic surgery at St. Petersburg Center for Plastic Surgery removes excess breast tissue and skin to recontour the breasts to a more proportionate size. It also reconstructs the size of the areolas and nipples and moves them so they appear normal with the new size. In most situations, a breast lift can be implemented to provide a more taut and healthier appearance.
Ideal Candidates for Breast Reduction Surgery
If you suffer from large, heavy breasts that interfere with everyday life, a surgical breast reduction may be what you need to achieve the silhouette you want. Breast reduction is ideal for women who deal with stress and emotional anxiety or are not able to live a fulfilled and active life because of the heaviness of their breasts. If you also have consistent skin rashes or irritations (as well as back pain), breast reduction surgery can greatly diminish these medical conditions. It's crucial patients are at a stable weight, and choose a skillful surgeon like Dr. O'Brien who listens to their concerns and goals and has the training to create a normal and natural appearance.
Breast Reduction Reviews
"Sientra Opus Implants - 32A to 32DD/32DDD - 47 years old 121lbs - I wanted to share my story and experience with my breast augmentation in the hope it will help others make an informed decision about whether or not to go ahead with it. I was never a busty lady even when I was significantly overweight. Having lost about 45lbs over the years, my chest pretty much disappeared.... I actually waited a few years to make sure my weight remained stable and after 2.5 years, I decided to go ahead and get the surgery. I am very detail orientated, did a lot of research into different implant types etc. and decided to use Dr. John J. O'Brien here in St. Petersburg based on reviews, and website photos. I was very specific about the types of implants I wanted - Sientra gummy bear implants - and he was one of the only surgeons in the area that worked with this brand. I spoke with several surgeons but the other two were not a "hell yes" for me which was basically a "no". Words to live by - trust your own inner guidance. I will update my review in stages as I have a ton of photos. I am over a month post-op now.... back to business. I actually recovered very quickly - maybe between weeks 3 and 4? More to come! But this is what I started off at (see pics)"- O. / RealSelf / Jul 03, 2021
"I could not be happier with the results! - John O’Brien performed my breast reduction on March 4th, 2021, and I could not be happier with the results!! I have wanted this surgery for years, and I am so glad I went through with O’Briens team! It’s such an intimate procedure, but I felt comfortable immediately after waking into The St. Petersburg Center for Plastic surgery. I had giant breasts, measuring around a 34 H/I. I was so uncomfortable both physically, and from the stares my chest attracted on my 5 foot 4, 140 pound frame. I had daily shoulder pain and I had to special order my bras (which always left huge indents in my skin). I have wanted a breast reduction for about 5 years, but i needed to save up money (I had bad insurance that didn’t cover if). I love Dr. O’Brien and his staff. I’m always greeted kindly by Nicole in the office. She is so accommodating to any concerns/ questions I have. And I usually get the wonderful nurse Ana, and Medical assistant /surgical technologist Katie! I love them! So knowledgeable and such great people! I love my results. I wasn’t worried about scarring, but my scars are fading so quickly! I’m actually somewhere around a c/d cup, and I have NO more shoulder/neck and back pain! My breasts are beautifully lifted, perfectly round, and my nipples are placed gorgeously! I couldn’t be happier!!!!! Seriously, got to John O’Brien for your breast surgery! I couldn’t recommend him or his office more!"- P. / RealSelf / Dec 07, 2021
"Dr. O’Brien and his team are kind, knowledgeable and professional. I have nothing but good to say about the office and the people. My surgery was affordable, the after care was excellent the follow up encouraging. I’ve also started seeing the Esthetician, Dana. She is gentle, skilled, and super helpful. She knows her equipment and products well. She’s made excellent suggestions when I was interested in new skincare, she had samples I could try (I’m really weird about textures of products) I’m so happy with her recommendations."- W.W. / Google / Jan 26, 2022
"I already left a review before my surgery. This one is postoperative :-) My breast augmentation was a complete success, as I knew it would be. The "girls" look amazing for a 62 year old woman . I am so happy with the outcome. I had little to no pain the day of the surgery and just a little tightness around the stitches the day after. I highly recommend this surgeon and his staff for any procedure that you wish to have - they are truly amazing!!!"- D.R. / Google / Mar 04, 2022
"I already left a review before my surgery. This one is postoperative :-) My breast augmentation was a complete success, as I knew it would be. The "girls" look amazing for a 62 year old woman <wink wink>. I am so happy with the outcome. I had little to no pain the day of the surgery and just a little tightness around the stitches the day after. I highly recommend this surgeon and his staff for any procedure that you wish to have - they are truly amazing!!!"- D.R. / Google / Mar 05, 2022
Surgical Technique for Breast Reduction Surgery
Surgical breast reduction is an outpatient procedure and is conducted with the patient under general anesthesia. The time frame for the surgery depends on various factors, including the incision type, the general surgical technique, and finally, the amount of tissue removal needed. The areola and nipple area repositioning is another factor. Typically, liposuction is used for tissue and fat reduction to reduce the breasts size. At the time of the initial consult, all of these aspects are addressed with Dr. O'Brien. The issue surrounding scarring is also carefully examined and talked through as it is likely to occur. However, modern techniques have led to a significant decrease in the visibility of scarring. Based on the difficulty of the size and overall reduction, either an inverted-T or a straight line (vertical) incision will be made. Breast fat and tissue will then be removed, and the surrounding skin and tissue will be pulled and lifted.
What to Expect from Breast Reduction Surgery
Once surgery has been completed, our patients will be monitored closely in our quiet recovery room and then sent home to begin the healing process. A thin tube for draining is usually inserted near the incision area to assist with bleeding. A compression bra will be worn for a few days that will increase blood circulation to the breasts during the immediate recovery. In a month or so, the breasts will naturally fall into position and the post-surgery effects will go away. Most of our patients at St. Petersburg Center for Plastic Surgery say they feel less weighed down and more confident. Following surgical breast reduction, you can enjoy the clothes you so desire and feel excited with your new figure. Keep in mind it is important to maintain a healthy body weight so the outcomes are not compromised.
Frequently Asked Questions for Breast Reduction Surgery
How much does breast reduction surgery cost?
Your cost for breast reduction surgery can be reviewed with Dr. O'Brien in your consultation. When he has created your treatment plan, it is easier to calculate your costs, including facility fees, anesthesia, and more. Reduction surgery usually leads to a dramatic improvement in all aspects of life, which is why our staff will help you find low-interest financing to make your treatment easy to afford. We will also help you talk to your insurance provider to see if your policy covers some of your expenses.
Will my insurance cover breast reduction?
Your health insurance might pay part of the cost of your surgery if it's considered medically necessary. If you want to use your insurance, talk to Dr. O'Brien so he can help with your claim. You should contact your provider to find out if your policy might pay for the surgery and the information they need. Your insurance might need measurements like your weight, height, body surface area, and body mass index (BMI).
Will my nipples be moved?
Usually, the nipples and areola will be moved up to a central position during breast reduction surgery. If a significant amount of tissue and skin needs to be removed, your nipple-areola area may be cut out and moved. Dr. O'Brien will select an incision technique so the nipple and areola are easy to move higher. It's also possible to perform an areolatome to reduce the size of the areolas. Your options will be explained in your consultation before Dr. O'Brien helps you choose the best plan to meet your goals.
Can I breastfeed after a breast reduction?
Reduction surgery can affect breastfeeding. Although some women can still breastfeed after a surgical reduction, other women cannot. It's difficult to know whether your breast reduction will interfere with breastfeeding. This is why Dr. O'Brien suggests that patients be done with breastfeeding before considering breast reduction surgery.
Can my breasts re-grow after surgery?
Following reduction surgery, your breasts may get smaller or bigger with dramatic weight changes. This is why it is better to be at a healthy weight prior to your surgery that you can easily maintain. In your consultation, Dr. O'Brien will discuss the best ways to prepare for your reduction and what you can do after to help make sure your results last.
Smaller Breasts, Larger Life
Dr. O'Brien has helped so many women regain their body, mind, and spirit for a fuller life with cosmetic breast reduction. During the consultation at St. Petersburg Center for Plastic Surgery, Dr. O'Brien will talk through all of the steps to attain your aesthetic desires and develop a customized surgical plan to fit your goals. There's no reason to continue simply accepting the lack of confidence or discomfort that can accompany large breasts. We welcome you to call our office in St. Petersburg, FL to discover more about this exceptional breast reduction procedure.