Breast Reduction at our Baton Rouge office
Women who have extremely large breasts frequently suffer with back pain, neck pain and/or other physical ailments: The weight of the breasts usually causes these issues. The majority of women who decide to have a breast reduction with Dr. Thomas S. Guillot at the Oaks at Goodwood Medical Spa in Baton Rouge are pleased with their results. Males with abnormally large breasts, which is a condition referred to as gynecomastia, may elect to have a male breast reduction as well.
Common Reasons Women’s Decide to Have Breast Reduction Surgery in Baton Rouge
Women in Baton Rouge elect to have a breast reduction procedure with Dr. Guillot to resolve numerous troublesome issues, including:
- Deep shoulder grooves
- Chronic skin irritation beneath the breasts
- Enduring shoulder, back and neck pain
- Difficulty finding properly fitting clothing and bras
- A negative self-image due to the size of their breasts
- Activity restrictions
- Problems sleeping
Although there are instances when a breast reduction is performed during the teen years; however, waiting until the breasts have fully developed is recommended.
Breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammoplasty, removes excess breast fat, grandular tissue and skin to achieve a breast size in proportion with your body and to alleviate the discomfort associated with overly large breast. Some patients may need a implant for desired results.
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What to Expect at Your Breast Reduction Consultation in Baton Rouge
To ensure that you receive the best results possible, you need to be completely open about all the reasons you are interested in a reduction.
Prior to your breast reduction procedure with Dr. Guillot in Baton Rouge, you will discuss your medical history and your family’s medical history; in addition, if you have had medical conditions relating to your breasts, you need to be prepared to talk about these with Dr. Guillot.
Other issues addressed include tobacco use, medications, herbal supplements and vitamins you are currently taking, as well as whether you use recreational drugs.
Dr. Guillot may decide to take pictures of your breasts. He may also measure them and discuss how much tissue he needs to remove to accomplish your goal.
Breast Reduction Surgery in Baton Rouge
This procedure lasts anywhere from two to five hours. You receive general anesthesia; therefore, you will sleep throughout your procedure with Dr. Guillot. Generally, a breast reduction procedure is an outpatient surgery; consequently, you need to bring a licensed driver with you to The First Choice Surgery Center on the day of your procedure.
The Breast Reduction Procedure
Once the general anesthesia takes effect, Dr. Guillot makes an incision around the nipple: he continues the incision downward. When complete, the incision resembles a keyhole. Excess fat, tissue and skin are removed and the nipple is repositioned to a point higher on the breast. Dr. Guillot may use a drainage tube as a means to reduce the amount of swelling you experience following your breast reduction procedure. Once the breasts are stitched, they are wrapped with gauze. You will also receive a surgical bra to wear.
Preparing for Your Breast Reduction Surgery in Baton Rouge
You may need to have a breast exam and mammogram before your breast reduction procedure in Baton Rouge.
Dr. Guillot may order lab tests to be completed before your procedure.
You need to discontinue taking medications that thin the blood. These medications include aspirin, Aleve and Motrin.
Smoking inhibits the body’s ability to heal itself, you need to stop smoking for at least two weeks before and after your breast reduction procedure with Dr. Guillot.
Create an At-Home Recovery Station Prior to Your Breast Reduction
Before your breast reduction procedure with Dr. Guillot you need to create a recovery station.
Your recovery station should have:
- Clean towels and washcloths
- Creams and/or ointments Dr. Guillot recommends you apply to your incision sites
- Loose fitting, comfortable button down shirts/blouses
- Unless you purchase freezable gel packs ahead of time, you will need plenty of ice and Ziploc bags to put it in
Ask a trusted family member or friend to remain with you for the first night following your breast reduction procedure in Baton Rouge.
What to Expect After Your Breast Reduction Surgery
- As you recover, you need to relax, reducing your physical activity approximately a month after surgery.
- Following your breast reduction in Baton Rouge, you will feel tired. You will also experience breast pain; however, Dr. Guillot will supply you with medication to ease your discomfort during these first few days.
- Avoid heavy lifting, this includes lifting children and pets.
- It is not uncommon for women to feel somewhat depressed following their breast reduction surgery: Be sure to inform Dr. Guillot as to how you are feeling.
Returning to School or Work After Your Breast Reduction Procedure in Baton Rouge
The majority of women return to school or work about a week following their breast reduction procedure; however, there are people who need to rest for a couple of weeks. Dr. Guillot and his staff will assist you in scheduling your follow-up appointment for the removal of your stitches and bandages.
Insurance and Breast Reduction Surgery in Baton Rouge
This procedure is considered a reconstructive surgery; therefore, in the majority of cases, insurance will cover this procedure. However, each insurance company is different: Dr. Guillot recommends that his patients contact their insurance company prior to their breast reduction procedure to find out if it is covered under their particular insurance policy.
If you are interested in learning about a breast reduction in Baton Rouge, contact the Oaks at Goodwood Medical Spa today. We look forward to speaking with you.