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Diana L Elias MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Average rating 4.6 stars out of 5 (37 ratings)
3900 Central Avenue
Saint Petersburg, FL

Dr. Diana Elias is a plastic surgeon. Dr. Elias's clinical interests include eyelid surgery, dermabrasion, and inspira breast implants. She is rated highly by her patients. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University, Dr. Elias attended Emory University School of Medicine. She has received professional recognition including the following: Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society Trebor Medical Scholarship and Award RealSelf Top Doctor. Dr. Elias is conversant in Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Bardmoor Surgery Center, and Physicians Surgery Center.

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Relevant Interests: , Breast Reduction

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Ptosis Repair, Endoscopic Surgery, Pec Implants, Chin Implants, I ... (Read more)

Mr Antonio J Gayoso MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery
Average rating 4.82 stars out of 5 (50 ratings)
1515 22nd Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL

Dr. Antonio Gayoso's areas of specialization are plastic surgery and hand surgery. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Gayoso's areas of expertise include dermabrasion, breast augmentation, and labiaplasty. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital and Physicians Surgery Center. He graduated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Gayoso trained at a hospital affiliated with Medical University of South Carolina for residency. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO.

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Relevant Interests: , Breast Reduction

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Labiaplasty, Endoscopic Surgery, Butt Augmentation, Lip Implants, ... (Read more)

Michael Charles Gallant MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
601 5th Street S; Department 70-7895
St Petersburg, FL

Dr. Michael Gallant is a plastic surgery specialist in Saint Petersburg, FL. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University, Dr. Gallant attended Yale School of Medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: general reconstruction, tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), and tattoo removal. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Gallant is affiliated with All Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Breast Reduction

All Interests: Breast Augmentation, Down Syndrome, Nose Surgery, Pec Implants, Breast Reduction, Cleft Lip and Pala ... (Read more)

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What is Breast Reduction?

Breast reduction is a surgery to remove excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin from the breasts in order to ease discomfort.

When women have unusually large breasts, the weight of the breast tissue can cause significant pain in the back, neck, and shoulders. If the breast tissue pulls the shoulders down in a certain way, nerve problems can result, leading to a feeling of pins and needles in the arms and hands. The skin underneath large breasts can suffer from rashes. Women with unusually large or heavy breasts might not be able to participate in sports or other activities that they would like to do. Large breasts can also lead to unwanted attention and a significant loss of self-esteem for many women.

Some men may also seek to have breast reduction surgery. Due to certain hormonal disorders, men can sometimes develop enlarged breast tissue, called gynecomastia. This condition can be a source of great emotional distress.

During a breast reduction surgery, the patient is usually ‘put to sleep’ with general anesthesia. An incision is made around the areola, the dark area around the nipple, and sometimes down the underside of the breast as well. Through this incision, the breast tissue is removed, lifted, and shaped. The areola and nipple are repositioned higher on the breast. Then the new breast is sutured, or sewn closed. The entire procedure takes between two and five hours. For several weeks after the reduction, the new breasts will be swollen from surgery, and their size will continue to change until healing is complete. Scars are usually small but visible right after surgery, but they fade after several months.

In order to be a good candidate for breast reduction surgery, a patient must be in good general health, not significantly overweight, not a smoker (or able to stop smoking temporarily), and old enough that the patient’s breasts have finished developing. Although there are several good reasons to undergo breast reduction surgery, there are risks as well. Some of these risks are related to surgery in general, such as risks for anesthesia or blood clots. Others are specific to breast reduction surgery, and they include the risk of asymmetrical breasts, decreased sensation in the breasts, or an inability to breastfeed in the future.
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