Plastic Surgery involves many choices and the first and most important is selecting a surgeon you can trust and feel comfortable with. Making sure your Doctor is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon is key. Ask for certification from the (ABPS) the only one of 24 boards approved by the American Board of medical specialties that certifies physicians in Plastic Surgery can operate on the face and all areas of the body. There are rigorous standards to meet to qualify and that is most important when considering a surgery like Breast Reduction.

Overly large breasts can cause some women to have both health and emotional issues. In addition to self image problems you may also experience physical pain and discomfort. The weight of excess breast tissue can impair your ability to lead an active life. The self consciousness of having large pendulous breasts is as important an issue for many women as physical discomfort.

Breast reduction removes the excess breast fat and glandular tissue and skin to achieve a breast size in proportion with your body and to alleviate discomfort associated with overly large breasts. It is a very personal decision and one that you will reach with Dr. Harrell as you discuss your wants and desires.

You are a good candidate if you are healthy; you have realistic expectations, and don’t smoke. Also if you are bothered by your breasts being too large, experience neck and back pain, have indentations from bra straps, skin irritation underneath your breasts, if they hang low and are stretched out and if your nipples rest below the breast crease and on your ribs.

When deciding to have Dr. Harrell do your breast reduction surgery be prepared to discuss your expectations and desired outcome. Make sure you tell the nurse about your current medications and alcohol, tobacco and drug consumption. Dr. Harrell will examine your breasts to determine if you are a good candidate. He will discuss what can be done and the outcome you can expect. He will go over incisions and pre and post operative care. In order to get all your questions answered we suggest you have a list of what you would like to ask and have them ready for the consult. This way you can get all your questions answered by Dr. Harrell.

Many patients like to do imaging to help them get a visual idea of what they will look like. Our patient coordinator will be able to do imaging for you prior to your surgery. She can also go over what to expect prior and post surgery.

Dr. Harrell has done thousands of Breast Reduction surgeries over the past 25 years.

Breast reduction surgery can be long lasting. Your new breast size should relieve you from discomfort that large breasts can create and your new breast size will allow you to be better proportioned and you will look better in clothes and they should fit better. Your new figure will likely enhance your self image and boost self confidence.


Are You a Breast Reduction Candidate

Typically, patients over the age of 18 years of age are candidates for breast reduction surgery. It is important to discuss with your surgeon your health history. If you are over the age of 40, a recent mammogram should be done prior to surgery.

In order to determine if you are a candidate for breast reduction surgery you should schedule a consultation with our Tampa Plastic Surgeon for a complete evaluation.

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Consultation in Palm Harbor

When you arrive at the Fountain of Youth Institute®, you will be greeted by our warm and caring staff. During the consultation, you will have an opportunity to meet with the doctor and his staff in order to discuss your specific areas of concern and together develop a treatment plan that will provide you with your desired results.

The consultation is a great time to ask any questions about the procedure, recovery period and to address any concerns you might have.

Recovering from a Breast Reduction

You will be given specific instructions as it relates to the post operative period, but generally you can expect 24-48 hours of discomfort followed by several weeks of restricted physical activity. Pain medication is prescribed to you prior to surgery to minimize your discomfort. Many of our patients return to work within a week but strenuous physical activity is limited for a few weeks. Any concerns you have about recovery should be discussed with Dr. Harrell.