Breast Reduction

The Premier Center for Breast Reduction in Florida

The most advanced technology for the augmentation of the breasts through the elimination of excess size and restoration of their gorgeous, youthful shape.
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If you are living with overly large breasts, we at Vinyard Institute of Plastic Surgery (VIPS) encourage you to consider consulting with us about breast reduction surgery. Abnormally large breasts can cause social, functional, and physical setbacks that take their toll on your body and mind. Joint pain, stretch marks, and lower nipples are other symptoms. Dr. William Vinyard is a board-certified cosmetic plastic surgeon in Port Saint Lucie, FL who treats women with large, uncomfortable breast through a surgical breast reduction. This aesthetic surgery at VIPS reduces excess breast tissue, fat, and redundant skin, to redefine and reshape the breasts to a smaller and healthier size. Breast reduction surgery also changes the size and location of the nipples/areolas so they are symmetrical with the new breast size. In most cases, a breast lift can also be performed to produce a tighter and younger-looking breast appearance after years of the heaviness has damaged the skin by excess stretching. 

Why Breast Reduction?

Breast reduction is a surgical procedure that removes and repositions fat, breast tissue, and skin from the breasts, making them smaller and lighter while providing a cosmetic improvement. This procedure also provides physical relief for women who suffer from back, neck, and shoulder pain. It can also improve skin conditions underneath a heavy breast that may be chaffed or irritated by continuous sweat that collects below large breasts. Over time the constant pull of bra straps on the shoulders can cause neck and back pain. In addition, severe skin-on-skin contact of the breasts with the rib cage can cause irritation and even infection.

What Is Breast Reduction?

Dr. Vinyard approaches breast reduction from a functional and cosmetic approach. The overall functional goal of breast reduction is to relieve tension on the neck, shoulders, and back plus decrease the skin-on-skin contact of the breast and the rib cage to decrease a rash-like irritation and possible infection. Dr. Vinyard’s aesthetic goal for breast reduction is to achieve a more youthful appearance to the breast by narrowing and elevating the breast on the chest wall and restoring the fullness in the upper part of the breast.

Smaller Breasts, Larger Life

Dr. Vinyard has helped countless women reclaim their bustline for a more engaging life with surgical reduction of the breasts. There is no need to continue living with the discomfort or lack of confidence that can sometimes accompany oversized breasts. Please call our practice in Port Saint Lucie, FL to understand more about this life-changing breast reduction surgery.

Who Is A Candidate?

If you are challenged with heavy and overly large breasts that create obstacles in your daily life, cosmetic breast reduction may be a good option to get the body you wish for. This surgery is helpful for women who find it difficult to lead an active life because of the weight of their breasts. If you also deal with ongoing skin issues (as well as back or neck pain), this surgery can reduce these annoyances. It is important that you are at a normal weight, and find a trained surgeon like Dr. Vinyard who understands their desired outcome and has the aptitude to produce a pleasing and natural appearance.

What's The Surgical Technique Of Breast Reduction?

Breast reduction surgery is an outpatient process and is performed with general anesthesia. The timing of surgery (3 – 4 hours) is dependent upon many factors, including the complexity of the incision, the overall reduction technique, and finally, how much reduction is required. The nipple and areola repositioning is also a time-cost factor. For most patients, liposuction is incorporated for fat and tissue elimination to decrease the breast size. During the private consultation, all of these factors will be discussed with Dr. Vinyard. The potential for scarring is also scrupulously discussed as it is common to occur. However, surgical skill and advanced reduction techniques have led to a noticeable reduction in overall scarring. 

Depending on the intricacy of the reduction, either an anchor or a vertical incision will be incorporated. The breast tissue will be removed with liposuction, and the existing tissue and skin will be pulled tight and secured. Most likely, we will also be repositioning your nipple/areola complex into a higher position. A small, tube-like draining device will most likely be placed near the surgical site to reduce bleeding and swelling. Once your incisions are closed. 

We will put you in a compression bra and send you to recuperate in our recovery room. After Dr. Vinyard discharges you from the surgery, you will return to the convenience of your home after your breast reduction and be accompanied by a responsible adult. However, a hospital stay may be recommended by Dr. Vinyard depending on your medical health.

What To Expect After Breast Reduction.

Within about a month, your lighter breasts will position themselves and settle as the post-op effects will dissipate.  You may see bruising for two weeks and swell for six weeks post-op. Most patients are ready to return to sedentary work in 1 – 2 weeks. You will need to continue to avoid repetitive motions and heavy lifting for three weeks after surgery as this can cause unwanted complications. You will be able to return to most of your activities six weeks following your breast reduction. Many of our VIPS breast reduction patients have remarked that they feel more weightless, lighter, and loving their results. After breast reduction surgery, you can buy the clothes you could not wear before and feel enthusiastic about your new appearance. Remember, it is still important to stay at a healthy weight so the results are not affected in a negative way.

You may feel lighter immediately after the surgery, however, it may take three months following your breast reduction to see your result from the surgical procedure (because of swelling). The type of approach that Dr. Vinyard uses helps to prolong your results but takes a few months to develop the shape of the breast. At first, you will appear very full on the upper portion of the breast and over the course of three months, the breasts will take on the rounded appearance to the lower part of the breast as they will continue to reshape over the course of a year and the scars will continue to improve over 18 months to two years.

Why Choose Breast Reduction?

No Downtime

#1. Improve Overall Body Aesthetic

When you have a breast reduction, the entire shape of your body will be improved, leading to a slimmer, more attractive shape.

Mommy Makeover

#2. Reshape & Tighten Breasts

Restore and rejuvenate your breasts with a reduction and lift so that they are smaller, tighter, and shaped more perfectly.

#3. Go Down A Bra Size (Or Several!)

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FAQs about Breast Reduction.

The cost of your breast reduction surgery will be discussed with Dr. Vinyard during your consultation. Once he has developed your treatment plan, it will be easier to estimate your costs, including anesthesia, fees for the surgical facility, and more. Breast reduction surgery often causes a significant improvement in a patient’s life, so our team will help you find low-interest financing to make your treatment affordable. We can also help you work with your insurance company to see if they will cover some of your costs. If your breast reduction is covered by your insurance company, then you will be responsible for your co-pays and coinsurance. If your breast reduction is not pre-authorized by your insurance company, then you will be responsible for the cosmetic breast reduction in advance of your surgery. You will need to pay in full two weeks prior to your surgery. 

If your breast reduction does not meet the criteria for coverage by your insurance carrier then, you will be financially responsible for the procedure. We will provide you a written quote regarding the costs involved with a cosmetic breast reduction. If your breast reduction is covered by your insurance company, we will file your procedure with the carrier on your behalf. If your breast reduction is considered cosmetic, then Dr. Vinyard’s professional fee, facility fee, anesthesia fee, initial consultation, all pre and post-operative visits are included in the cost of your surgery.

Yes. Our practice participates with CareCredit although we do not directly finance any procedures. You may also want to research options through your bank of choice. We also accept all major credit cards including VISA, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.

In some cases, your health insurance may cover part of the cost of breast reduction surgery if it is deemed medically necessary. If you are considering using your insurance, tell Dr. Vinyard so he can help with your claim. In certain cases, insurance will cover a breast reduction if it meets certain criteria for coverage. A breast reduction will need to be pre-authorized by your insurance company. We will provide all the necessary documentation for your insurance company to make a determination. (Note: a pre-authorization does not guarantee payment by the insurance company). You should talk to your insurance company to find out if your policy may cover the surgery and what they need to approve it. Your insurance will most likely decide based on measurements like your height, weight, body mass index (BMI), and body surface area.

In most cases, the nipples and areola will be shifted up to a higher position on the breast during the surgery. If an extensive amount of tissue and skin are being removed, your nipple-areola complex may need to be moved upward. This is actually a good thing, especially if you have been living with nipples that point downward. Dr. Vinyard will choose a technique like a lollipop incision so the nipple and areola can be moved higher on the breast. It is also possible to reduce the size of the areola for a more pleasing, symmetrical look without stretched out skin. All of these options will be discussed during your consultation before Dr. Vinyard helps you decide on the right plan to achieve your goals.

Breast reduction surgery may affect your ability to breastfeed. While some women may still be able to breastfeed after a reduction, some cannot. It is difficult to predict whether your surgery will cause you problems with breastfeeding. For this reason, Dr. Vinyard recommends that patients be done having children or be willing to not breastfeed future babies before having breast reduction surgery.

After reduction surgery, your breasts can get bigger or smaller with significant weight changes. This is why it’s helpful to be at a healthy, stable weight before your surgery that’s easy for you to maintain. During your consultation, Dr. Vinyard will talk to you about the best ways to prepare for your surgery and what you should do after to ensure you are happy with your results.

Commonly, patients will also require liposuction of the breast near the underarm to achieve a better contour to the overall appearance of the breast. Additional surgeries will be assessed individually during your consultation.

Before And After Breast Reduction.

Dr. Vinyard’s VIPS is proud to be the premier breast reduction center in Port St. Lucie, Florida.  As a huge proponent of breast reduction, VIPS continues to invest in their every technological advance, ensuring you always receive the best, highest-caliber treatment available on the market. Your loyalty allows us to provide you with the newest innovations in cosmetic surgery. 

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Get To Know Dr. William Vinyard

Dr. William Vinyard is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has devoted his professional life to the study and practice of cosmetic plastic surgery and advanced breast reconstruction techniques. Dr. Vinyard earned his way into a prestigious and rare Aesthetic and Breast Surgery Fellowship to become one of the few surgeons to complete four full surgical training programs in General Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Advanced Breast Reconstructive Surgery and Aesthetic (Cosmetic) Surgery. His love for education is apparent in his consultations, as you will find his explanations are richer and fuller than most. He is recognized by his patients and peers for his meticulous technique, eye for detail, and ability to create beautiful, lasting results.

Education and Training

Dr. Vinyard continued his undergraduate education at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS. During this time, he was awarded membership into the Golden Key National Honor Society. Knowing he wanted to pursue a surgical career, he felt it imperative to learn as much as he could about the Health Care profession. While keeping up with a full-time course schedule in Lawrence, KS, he made time to work as a Phlebotomist, an ECG technician and an Emergency Room Health Care Assistant at the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, KS. Dr. Vinyard also offered complimentary tutoring for several classes that he attended. In 1997, he graduated with Departmental Honors in Human Biology.

Advanced Specialties

Although Dr. Vinyard had developed the surgical skills necessary to begin his plastic surgery practice, he still felt that there was more to learn. With the desire to perfect his technical skills and surgical judgment in the area of Cosmetic Plastic Surgery and Advanced Breast Reconstructive Surgery techniques, he sought additional training from a world-recognized leader in plastic surgery. In 2009, Dr. Vinyard moved to Birmingham, AL with his wife and two children. He spent the next year in an Advanced Breast and Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship. Under the tutelage of Dr. Grotting, he learned the latest techniques in Breast Reconstruction, Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift, Breast Reduction (using the Superior-Pedicle Sculpted Pillar technique), treatment of Gynecomastia, along with the Endoscopic Brow Lift, Facelift, Mini-Facelift, Rhinoplasty, Blepharoplasty, Otoplasty, Abdominoplasty, Brachioplasty, Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction, Lower Body Lift, and non-surgical cosmetic procedures such as BOTOX Cosmetic Injection, Dermal Filler Injections, Laser Facial Resurfacing and Skin Care Assessment/Management.

Honors and Awards

  • Golden Key National Honor Society member.
  • Student Leadership Award nomination.
  • Alpha Honor Medical Society nomination.
  • Dr. Thomas G. Orr Award for “The Outstanding Student in Surgery.”
  • J.K. Hardesty Award for “The Best Resident Paper.”
  • 2012 – 2018: “America’s Top Surgeons Recognition for Cosmetic Plastic Surgery.”

Dr. Vinyard's Cutting-Edge Facility

Dr. William Vinyard runs Vinyard Institute of Plastic Surgery (VIPS), the leading provider of breast reductions in Port St. Lucie, Florida. His dedication to providing cutting-edge treatment—balancing the most advanced surgical technology available with the procedures that guarantee the best possible results for his loyal patients—sets his center apart from every other provider in Florida. 

Contact our office today for your complimentary breast reduction consultation and begin your body contouring journey. 

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The Reviews Are In!

5 star reviews
"I can't say enough about doctor Vinyard and his great staff. I've had more than a few procedures done in his office and have had surgery done as well, both went great the staff are always very caring and concerned for my comfort. I'm always called after a procedure to find out how I'm feeling, if I'm in any discomfort. Which I can't say I get that type of treatment from any other doctors office. I absolutely recommend VIPS for all your beauty needs."
C.B.
5 star reviews
"Doctor Vinyard is amazing as well as his staff. From the moment I walked into the office I felt welcomed. Everyone was so nice and friendly. They listened to my concerns, which was more about me being nervous than the actual procedure. I had my procedure/surgery done on October 10th. I was up and moving around on the 11th without pain or discomfort. I just went back for my 1 week check up today and again it felt like walking into a friends home rather than a doctors office. Made me feel like I was their only patient. I would HIGHLY recommend Dr. Vinyard and his staff."
M.P.
5 star reviews
"Dr. Vinyard was recommended to me by my breast surgeon and I have been nothing but impressed with every step of the process, from my consultation to surgery to follow ups, he and his staff have been nothing but kind, caring and compassionate. A breast cancer diagnosis is scary and knowing that you can trust your surgeon to give you the best possible outcome eases some of the worry. I highly recommend Dr. Vinyard to anyone!"
K.S.

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