Dr. Elliott B. Black, III

Dr. Summer Black

Board-Certified Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons

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Breast Reduction Surgery – Reduction Mammaplasty – Greater New Orleans, LA Area

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About Breast Reduction

If you ar considering Breast reduction surgery like the many women that have visited us from New Orleans, Metairie, Houma, Baton Rouge and beyond please come in for a free consultation.  Sometimes having less means more to you when you live with overly large breasts.  At our Metairie, LA office, our board-certified plastic surgeons, Dr. Elliott Black and Dr. Summer Black have consulted with many patients in regards to having excessive breast tissue, and have offered their services for breast reduction surgery.  Known as reduction mammaplasty, a breast reduction removes fat, glandular tissue, and skin from the breasts, resulting in a smaller, firmer appearance.

Some of the problems experienced by women with large breasts include:

  • Medical: Pain in the back, neck, shoulders (plus bra strap indentations), skin irritations, skeletal deformities, and breathing problems
  • Physical: Poor posture, limited movement or restricted physical activity
  • Emotional: Self-esteem issues, unwanted attention from large breasts and/or ill-fitting clothing

Breast reduction surgery may improve back and neck pain related to hypertrophy of the breasts.  Dr. Blacks' patients are grateful for their care and surgical skills.  During a private consultation, you will have an examination and a review of your medical history.  Dr. Black will talk to you about the amount of breast tissue you would like removed, and our plastic surgeons will make a recommendation based on your size and body shape.  Dr. Elliott Black and Dr. Summer Black believe there is a "happy medium" when determining the final cup size and meeting our patients body goals and desired cup size.

Do I Qualify?

Many women, who have large breasts, put off seeking out the help of a talented, trusted plastic surgeons, mainly because of lack of information.  Breast reduction is appropriate if you experience:

  • Disproportionate breasts to the body
  • Painfully heavy breasts
  • Bra strap grooves in the shoulders
  • Limitations on activity
  • Slumped posture

It is important to seek out medical treatment for excessive breast tissue (once the breasts are fully developed) to not only look better, but feel better.  We encourage you to seek out a trusted plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Elliott Black or Dr. Summer Black, to get started today.

What to Expect

During a reduction mammaplasty, your plastic surgeon will skillfully remove excess skin and tissue before re-contouring the breasts, and will choose to implement on of these incision patterns:

  • Incision around the circumference of the areola
  • Vertical incision from the bottom edge of the areola to the breast line
  • Horizontal incision on the breast line

Liposuction may also be used to safely remove excessive tissue in the breast and will minimize scarring as it requires a much smaller incision. It also reduces the risk of losing nipple sensation and discoloration of the areola due to poor blood flow during surgery. Your plastic surgeon will discuss the difference between the techniques and help you determine which is best for you.

Other Considerations

After breast reduction surgery, you may feel immediately lighter, due to the amount of tissue removed.  After the surgery, you should wear a compression bra to support the healing process for the first couple of weeks. You will also be given post-operative care instructions and you can pre-schedule your follow up appointments to help you stay on track during your recovery process. You will need to rest for at least 7–10 days before returning to work, however, we encourage you to ambulate frequently after surgery to help prevent a blood clot or pulmonary embolism.  Regular physical activities can be resumed within 6 – 8 weeks.  In some patients, it may take 12-18 months for nipple sensitivity to return to normal.

Keep in mind that age, hormone changes, pregnancy, and weight gain or loss can affect the shape of your reduced breasts.  Maintaining a healthy diet and stable weight will prevent your breast from returning to its pre-surgery weight.

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Finding a "Happy Medium"

Imagine living with lighter, more proportionate breasts that allow you to be comfortable in your clothes. Relieve your neck, shoulders and back of the aching from carrying around extra weight.  Contact our office at Dr. Black Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery in Metairie, LA to schedule your initial consultation and learn more about breast reduction surgery.

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