Before and After
“I considered a breast reduction for years – but never imagined that it would be possible. A friend that knew of Dr. Franks recommended that I schedule a consultation with him. My first thought was, “There will never be a plastic surgeon that will take on my case,” and it took a few months to finally work up the courage to meet with him. They say that first impressions are key. I was incredibly nervous before my appointment but as I stepped into Dr. Franks’ office, I felt like I was “home.” Dr. Franks and his staff welcomed me as if they had known me for years. I immediately knew that this was the right place to be. From working with my insurance company to obtain prior authorization for my breast reduction procedure, to helping me on my journey to quit smoking prior to surgery, Dr. Franks and his staff have been right next to me. I was so impressed with the amount of follow up phone calls and appointments following my surgery. I knew that Dr. Franks or his staff were just a phone call away if I had any questions or concerns. After removing ten pounds from my breasts, Dr. Franks has completely changed my life! Thank you, Dr. Franks for helping my dreams become a reality!” Melissa T., Dallas Center, IA.
Also known as a "reduction mammoplasty", breast reduction surgery reduces the size of the breast and repositions the nipple and areola to a higher location on the breast. There are several different surgical techniques used to perform breast reduction surgery. The most common technique used in the United States is called an "inferior pedicle reduction mammoplasty". The "pedicle" is the breast tissue that is not removed and supports the blood supply to the nipple and areola. It is a very time efficient surgical procedure and it accomplishes the goal of making the breast smaller and raising the position of the nipple. My concern with this particular technique is that as the swelling following the surgery subsides and the remaining breast tissue settles, the breast appear "boxy" with the nipple and areola sitting too high on the breast. The reason this occurs is that the breast tissue which has been most affected by gravity, the lower breast tissue, has been retained (inferior pedical), while tissue which could have been used to construct a pleasant breast form was removed. To me, this doesn't make sense.
So why is the inferior pedicle technique still being used? I believe the reason that an inferior pedicle reduction mammoplasty is the technique most commonly peformed in the United States is that it does not take long to complete and offers predictable survivability of the nipple and areola. You see, reduction mammoplasty is one of the few surgical procedures that still may be covered by your healthcare company. However; as with most reimbursments from healthcare companies, the financial payback to plastic surgeons has decreased tremedoulsy. So it is much more cost effective for a surgeon to perform a quick procedure which accomplishes the goal of making the breast smaller while raising the position of the nipple and areola regardless of the eventual aesthetic result.
I believe it is possible to construct a more aesthetically pleasing breast by first removing the heavy tissue located on the lower part of the breast (inferior pedicle) then sculpting the remaining tissue into an attractive breast form. The nipple and areola are now supported by the upper breast tissue. This is referred to as a "superior pedicle reduction mammoplasty". Excess skin is then removed and the soft tissue is carefully drapped over the sculpted breast. My goal is to construct a breast which is proportional to your body helping to alleviate the discomfort often associated with overly large breast. I want to not only reduce the breast size but also create a breast with appears fuller and natural with the nipple located at a more desired position.
You may be a good candidate for a reduction mammoplasty if you have one or more of the following conditions:
1) Heavy, pendulous breasts
2) Breast Asymmetry
3) Back, Neck, Shoulder pain caused by the weight of your breasts
4) Skin irritation beneath your breast folds
5) Shoulder grooving (from your bra straps)
6) Restriction of activity due to the size and weight of your breasts
Earlier, I mentioned that a reduction mammoplasty may be approved as medically necessary by your medical insurance company; however, they usually require a minimum of six weeks to as long as six months of documented history by your family physician of issues related to your large breast. Some of these requirements include:
1) Back, neck, shoulder pain with treatment(s) by a physical therapist or chiropractor.
2) Frequent rashes beneath the breast fold which have failed to resolve with the use of topical
At your consultation, I will record your health history and review with you any issues pertaining to your large breast. I will perform a complete and thorough breast examination. You should be current on having received a mammogram if you are at least fourty years of age or have risk factors for developing breast cancer. I will request additional information from your primary care physician, as needed, that may be of benefit when seeking prior authoirization for a reduction mammoplasty on your behalf from your healthcare company.
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wdf cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery 980 237 6958
7731 Little Ave. Suite B.
Charlotte, NC 28226