Breast Reduction

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What is breast reduction and why should I consider it?

Breast reduction, or what is also known as reduction mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure that is being used in cosmetic surgery to remove excess fat, skin, and other tissues from the breast. In Newport Beach, women have been undergoing breast reduction to diminish discomfort that is often brought about by breasts that are too large for their frames. Getting a breast reduction not only improves the patient’s perception of her body and her self-confidence, but it also improves the patient’s ability to participate in physical activities that larger breasts would have prevented. This procedure can also be used to resolve physical issues, including low hanging breasts and stretched skin, a recurring rash under the breasts because of constant friction, back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain and poor posture. Women with excessively large breasts often must restrict activity, have difficulty fitting into bras and clothing, and even get deep bra strap marks in the shoulders because of pressure from excessively stretched out straps that are typical in larger breast sizes.

What should I expect from breast reduction?

The procedure is usually done under general anesthesia to eliminate discomfort during surgery. Once the patient is under, the surgeon will make strategic incisions on each of the patient’s breasts, generally one around the areola and another one down to the crease underneath the breast. Excess fat, breast tissues, and skin will then be removed from each breast to reduce them to the ideal size. More often than not, the nipple and the areola will remain attached to the breast and repositioned during the latter part of the surgery to a position that is symmetrical to the new breast size. In some cases, when the breasts are too large, the reduction may call for the removal and reattachment of the areola and nipple at a higher position.

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What about after the procedure?

When breast reduction surgery is done, the breasts will be covered with bandages or gauze dressing and a drainage tube will most likely be placed under each arm to drain out any excess blood or fluid from the site of surgery. At this point, the surgeon will prescribe pain medication to alleviate pain and discomfort, as well as antibiotics to prevent infection. Patients will be highly discouraged from strenuous physical activities during the initial recovery period because the breasts will be tender and sensitive to even minimal pressure. Swelling and bruising may also occur around the affected area, accompanied by itchiness and numbness around the nipples, which are all normal outcomes of the surgery. Scar tissue will develop and these will be permanent but will usually fade gradually over time.

What results should I expect from breast reduction?

When carried out successfully, breast reduction can relieve chronic back, neck, and shoulder pain. Having more suitably sized breasts will also give the patient freedom to participate freely in physical activities and promote a positive self-image. Results from the procedure will be seen immediately. However, it may take several months for the swelling to subside and the scars to fade.

If you have any questions, or if you want to learn more about breast reduction, please call Dr. Ip at (949) 548-0300. For a consultation, or to setup an appointment click here. Proudly serving Newport Beach and Beverly Hills.

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