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.
Breast Reduction Reviews
"I went to see Dr. Black for the purpose of discussing breast reduction. He was honest and forthright about the risks that could result from that type of procedure. I knew immediately that he was the best possible doctor I could have found. I went from an H cup to a perfect C cup. The change for me was life altering, after many years of shoulder, neck and back pain. He and Dr. Summer Black treated me with such compassion and care. Their skills were far above any other surgeons I met. I will be grateful to them for the rest of my life."- P.F. / Google / Jul 03, 2020
"My procedure was performed by Dr. Elliot Black, He is straight to the point and blunt. I love his honesty and felt extremely comfortable with him as my surgeon. I had originally wanted Breast Implants but Dr. Elliot explained the risks of implants vs using my own body fat to enhance my breasts. He even gives you his personal cell phone number and encourages you to call whenever you feel the need. He answers promptly and is very down easy to talk to. I had scheduled other consults with 2 other doctors. I saw Dr. Elliot first and cancelled the other 2. I decided that I wanted Dr. Black as my PS after our initial consultation. No need to look further! I also adore his daughter Dr. Summer and had originally requested her , but Patti explained that Dr. Elliot would be the one for me. I didn't ask why. I met Dr. Summer on my consult and she added her opinion and suggestions. It was very nice having the two together. They make a great team!"- S. / RealSelf / Jun 19, 2020
"I can't say enough about Dr. Black and her entire staff. I had surgery to remove my breast implants on June 8th. She is such an compassionate lady, very up to date on everything I asked her. She explains everything so there are no unanswered questions. The entire experience was something I totally did not expect, in a very good way. I am 64 years old and have had quite a few surgeries and at no time have I ever been treated so kindly by every single person there. I had my surgery at the Crescent City Surgical Centre, and again an amazing experience, everybody was so nice. I will recommend Dr Black to anyone that is wanting to have any kind of plastic surgery done, she is absolutely on top of her game and will treat you with nothing but respect and kindness. Thank you Dr Black, I truly feel like you saved my life, I feel like a new person."- C.F. / Google / Jul 13, 2021
"Dr. Summer Black is outstanding in every way. I had consultations with a handful of plastic surgeons about removing my breast implants during the ten years I had them, and every surgeon dismissed my concerns — except Dr. Black. She listened to what I wanted for my body and constantly reassured me that I would have a good result aesthetically after the implants were removed. She never rushed me to make a decision and also discussed a plan with me in case I had regrets. In the end, I wish I had not waited so long to remove them. I am thrilled with the results! After my surgery with Dr. Black my breasts look great, and I feel so much more confident and free. She even discovered a rupture in one of my implants, so I am especially grateful that Dr. Black listened to me and took extra care during surgery to ensure that everything was removed properly. Dr. Black is an excellent and skilled surgeon who understands women and the female body and has an artistic eye. She and her staff are warm"- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Aug 07, 2021
"Dr. Summer Black Understands Women and the Female Body! - Dr. Summer Black is outstanding in every way! I had consultations with a handful of plastic surgeons about removing my breast implants during the ten years I had them, and every surgeon dismissed my concerns — except Dr. Black. She listened to what I wanted for my body and constantly reassured me that I would have a good result aesthetically after the implants were removed. She never rushed me to make a decision and also discussed a plan with me in case I had regrets. In the end, I wish I had not waited so long to remove them. I am thrilled with the results! After my surgery with Dr. Black my breasts look great, and I feel so much more confident and free. She even discovered a rupture in one of my implants, so I am especially grateful that Dr. Black listened to me and took extra care during surgery to ensure that everything was removed properly. Dr. Black is an excellent and skilled surgeon who understands women and the female body and has an artistic eye. She and her staff are warm and professional and treat their patients with care, respect, and kindness. I’m looking for reasons to go back to Dr. Black's office; I had such a positive experience."- R. / RealSelf / Aug 04, 2021
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.
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.