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Breast Reduction Ft Myers FL | Cape Coral Florida

Considering a breast reduction in Ft Myers? Contact Audrey Farahmand, female board certified plastic surgeon. Women with large breasts can suffer from back pain or neck pain as a result of the increased weight of their breasts. Breast Reduction surgery involves removing excess skin and breast tissue while repositioning the nipple and areola. The incisions are placed around the areola, underneath the areola in a vertical line from the areola to the fold underneath the breast, and in a horizontal line in the fold underneath the breast. In appropriate candidates, vertical breast reductions can be performed which eliminates or minimizes the horizontal portion of the incision. The nipple and areola are repositioned by remaining attached to the breast tissue underneath and the breast tissue/nipple/areola unit is moved and reshaped. The skin envelop is then sutured around the new breast mound. Because the nipple remains attached to the breast tissue, sensation and sensitivity remain normal following recovery. Most patients are back to work after a week or two.

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  • For the first postoperative week, patients should rest and sleep elevated at 30 degrees.  You should not lay flat in bed.  Thirty degrees elevation can be achieved in a recliner or using several pillows behind you back and shoulders.  If you do not have a recliner, you must position pillows in bed so that you will not roll off your pillows and lose elevation.
  • Do not lift arms over the head for the first 2 weeks.  You may move the shoulder to avoid stiffness.   Avoid lifting anything over 5-10 pounds for the first 3 weeks.
  • You will be returning to the office for a postoperative check 24-48 hours after your surgery.   After your appointment, you will be allowed to shower.
  • Most patients find that wearing a bra provides support to the breasts and reduces pain, so a comfortable sports bra is recommended to be worn for the first few weeks.  Avoid underwire bras.  These are not allowed for the first 6 weeks.
  • Avoid strenuous activity such as jogging, swimming, skiing, tennis for the first 3-4 weeks after surgery.
  • Begin your postoperative antibiotics the night of your surgery and finish the entire prescription.
  • The following symptoms are completely normal:
  • One side hurts more than the other.
  • The feeling of Rice Krispies to the breasts.  This is a small amount of air and will resolve in 2 weeks.
  • Swelling to the top portion of the breasts is normal.  This will resolve at about 6 weeks.
  • Electric shocks, tingling, temporary numbness, hypersensitivity to the nipples, all of which are normal due to the stretching of nerves.
  • Uneven swelling or bruising.
  • Constipation from pain pills.  Plan on using a laxative if you have not moved your bowels in 2 days.
  • Itching from the pain pills is also very common, and we recommend that you take Benadryl 25-50 mg every 4-6 hours for itching.  This medicine is available over-the-counter.  The side effects are sleepiness, and you are not allowed to drive while taking your pain pills or large doses of Benadryl.  Driving is allowed as soon as you stop your pain medicines.
  • Postoperative bruising is normal, and this will vary from patient to patient.

Please call Dr. Farahmand’s office if your breasts become:

  • One breast twice the size of the other.
  • Red streaks extending from the the wound
  • Fevers over 100 degrees (fevers under 100 degrees for the first 48 hours are normal).
  • Do not take any aspirin products, ibuprofen or vitamin E or any homeopathic medicines 2 weeks prior to surgery and 2 weeks after surgery.  Medications for pain and antibiotics have been prescribed to you.  If your pain is not that severe, you may take Tylenol.

Breast Surgery – Home Care Instructions

by admin on July 30, 2009

  • For the first postoperative week, patients should rest and sleep elevated at 30 degrees.  You should not lay flat in bed.  Thirty degrees elevation can be achieved in a recliner or using several pillows behind you back and shoulders.  If you do not have a recliner, you must position pillows in bed so that you will not roll off your pillows and lose elevation.
  • Movement of the arms is helpful in softening your breasts.  By moving your arms, this moves your implants and keeps your pocket open to allow for soft breasts.  Avoid lifting anything over 5-10 pounds for the first 3 weeks.  If you are active in weight lifting, light weights 2-3 pounds with your arms is allowed after 3 weeks.  Avoid power lifting for 6 weeks.
  • You will be returning to the office for a postoperative check 24-48 hours after your surgery.  Massaging in the beginning is painful, so approximately one hour to your appointment have a light meal and a pain pill.  After your appointment, you will be allowed to shower.
  • Intermittent ice to the breasts is helpful for the first 24-48 hours.  After this time period, we recommend avoiding ice.  Most patients find that wearing a bra provides support to the breasts and reduces pain, so a comfortable sports bra is recommended to be worn for the first few weeks.  Avoid underwire bras.  These are not allowed for the first 6 weeks.
  • Avoid strenuous activity such as jogging, swimming, skiing, tennis for the first 3-4 weeks after surgery.
  • Begin your postoperative antibiotics the night of your surgery and finish the entire prescription.

The following symptoms are completely normal:

  • One side hurts more than the other.
  • The feeling of Rice Krispies to the breasts.  This is a small amount of air and will resolve in 2 weeks.
  • Sloshing or gurgling.  This is antibiotic solution around your implant.  This will resolve in 2-3 weeks.
  • Swelling to the top portion of the breasts is normal.  This will resolve at about 6 weeks.
  • Electric shocks, tingling, temporary numbness, hypersensitivity to the nipples, all of which are normal due to the stretching of nerves.
  • Uneven swelling or bruising.
  • Constipation from pain pills.  Plan on using a laxative if you have not moved your bowels in 2 days.
  • Itching from the pain pills is also very common, and we recommend that you take Benadryl 25-50 mg every 4-6 hours for itching.  This medicine is available over-the-counter.  The side effects are sleepiness, and you are not allowed to drive while taking your pain pills or large doses of Benadryl.  Driving is allowed as soon as you stop your pain medicines.
  • Postoperative bruising is normal, and this will vary from patient to patient.

Please call Dr. Farahmand’s office if your breasts become:

  • One breast twice the size of the other.
  • Red streaks extending from the the wound
  • Fevers over 100 degrees (fevers under 100 degrees for the first 48 hours are normal).

Do not take any aspirin products, ibuprofen or vitamin E or any homeopathic medicines 2 weeks prior to surgery and 2 weeks after surgery.  Medications for pain and antibiotics have been prescribed to you.  If your pain is not that severe, you may take Tylenol.

Breast Reduction Surgery

by mdranchak on July 29, 2010

This 60 year old woman was desiring a breast reduction. Dr. Farahmand performed a breast reduction. Her post-operative pictures were taken three months after surgery.
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Breast Reduction – Before and After

by admin on August 27, 2007

This patient is a 71 year old female with chronic back pain and size 38DD size breasts. Dr. Farahmand reduced each breast by 800 grams each. The post operative photos are taken 3 weeks after surgery. Her incisions will fade in color over the next year.