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A breast reduction is a cosmetic procedure that can reduce the size of the breasts and reshapes and lifts the breast tissue. This procedure can greatly improve a woman’s quality of life by relieving neck and back pain and making exercise more comfortable.
A breast reduction, or reduction mammaplasty, is a cosmetic plastic surgery procedure that reduces the size of the breasts and reshapes and lifts the breast tissue. For women with overly large breasts, the weight and size of their breasts can interfere with daily activities and even cause shoulder and neck pain.
Large breasts can make exercising difficult, interfere with patients’ ability to find comfortable clothes and bras, as well as cause skin irritation around tight fitting bra straps. Having to hold up excessive weight can also lead to posture problems. After undergoing breast reduction surgery, you can do what you want without the feeling of self-consciousness about the size of your breasts.
The overall goal of this surgical procedure is to create smaller, lifted breasts that are still harmonious with the rest of your body shape.
Breast reduction candidates in Newport Beach, CA are close to their ideal weight leading up to surgery (or within 10-15 lbs). Patients who are obese (BMI 30 or greater) or who smoke are at significantly higher risk of complications from anesthesia, wound healing complications, or postoperative complications such as a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism (PE). Because of this, Dr. Sadati may conclude you are not eligible for this plastic surgery procedure until you quit smoking or arrive at a healthy, stable weight.
Good candidates for breast reduction or any other plastic surgery procedures should have realistic expectations about both the final results the surgery can provide as well as the requirements during the recovery process.
To ensure your comfort and safety, Dr. Florin performs breast reduction surgery under general anesthesia. Your surgery can take from four to five hours depending on the complexity of the case and our surgical plan. As a cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Florin is both meticulous and able to see the big picture for the most natural-looking breast reduction results.
A breast reduction includes both removing and reshaping breast tissue as well as performing a breast lift. Breast lift surgery helps make breasts appear more youthful by restructuring tissue and repositioning the nipple. Part of this procedure also includes reshaping and reducing the areola size and repositioning the areola so that is centered on your breast.
During breast reduction surgery, an incision is made beneath the breast, hidden in the natural fold to reduce visibility. Then, excess breast and glandular tissue is removed from the sides and lower part of the breast. This procedure leads to a smaller and lifted breast with close cleavage and natural fullness to the upper portion of your breast. Excess skin may also need to be removed, depending on your beginning breast size and required breast reduction procedures. Your incisions will be closed carefully to create the best possible scar.
The use of an “internal bra” (a combination of meticulous internal sutures and/or a surgical scaffold) can be beneficial for some breast reduction patients. This technique can improve the longevity of your breast reduction by supporting the breast tissue during the healing process. If you would benefit from an “internal bra” along with your breast lift, Dr. Florin will discuss this in more detail.
Breast reductions at the Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery are performed in a state-of-the-art facility that is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) to provide the highest standard of patient care and safety. This accreditation ensures that our surgery center meets professional standards for equipment, operating room safety, and staff and surgeon credentials.
During your consultation with Dr. Florin, you will receive an examination and review the treatment plan options available for breast reduction patients. During your comprehensive evaluation, Dr. Florin will confirm that you are a good candidate for breast reduction surgery and craft a plan that is customized for you, your body, and your goals. She can discuss the different techniques for breast reduction Newport Beach and where the scars will be placed for minimal visibility.
Finally, Dr. Florin will review any medications you’re taking that need to be stopped before surgery as well as vitamins and supplements that may be recommended for after surgery to help with the healing process.
The decision to have cosmetic surgery can be scary and stressful. With the information that you need to plan ahead, you can feel comfortable with your decision to pursue the relief that comes from a successful breast reduction.
Breast reduction is a personal and individual choice and is certainly not a one-size-fits-all kind of surgery. Dr. Florin will work to understand what you are looking for and communicate with you what you can expect a breast reduction can achieve. One way to help fine-tune your vision is to bring in photos of breast reduction surgery outcomes that you like or do not like so that Dr. Florin has a clear reference point for what will meet your goals.
Key to a quick and successful recovery after breast reduction is having a clear understanding of your restrictions and recommendations as well as having a good support system in place to help after surgery.
After your breast reduction, you should expect a relatively short recovery and minimal pain. Most breast reduction patients take one week off work and one week off from driving. You will need someone with you for the first 24 hours after your surgery but after that, you should not require help around the house. You will come home in a specially designed surgical bra, and Dr. Florin will advise you on how long you will need to wear it before going back to normal bras.
Many patients feel quite good at around one week after surgery, at which point they can return to work. You can start light cardio (such as walking or using a stationary bike) at around two weeks. You can resume more strenuous activity (such as running, high-impact cardio, weight lifting, and engaging your arms and chest) at around six weeks. You can shower the day after surgery and can typically be submerged in water at around six to eight weeks.
You will receive a clear postoperative medication schedule to mitigate any pain or discomfort you may feel after breast reduction surgery. It is common to feel mild tightness or soreness to your chest which may last for a week after surgery. It is also common to feel sensations such as burning, stinging, aching, or sharp/shooting pains in your breasts.
You will likely experience numbness or decreased sensation in your nipples and breasts in the days following your breast reduction, which is usually temporary. This feeling of numbness may also be accompanied by increased sensitivity and will gradually return to normal.
Your breasts typically take about 3 months to “settle” into their final position. As they settle, they will look softer and rounder and your cleavage will improve. It is helpful to wear soft, non-underwire bras until about the six-week mark.
In addition to these recovery guidelines, Dr. Florin will also guide you on how to take care of your scars so that you can have the most natural results from the procedure. Scar treatments include using scar cream or scar tape starting around six weeks after your surgery and continuing for at least one year.
Dr. Florin will monitor your progress through scheduled follow-up appointments or as needed when complications arise.
If you’re tired of chronic back and shoulder pain or the numerous other daily hassles caused by your large breast size, cosmetic surgeon Dr. Whitney Florin is here to help. As an experienced surgeon who has performed dozens of breast reductions in the Orange County area, Dr. Florin is committed to giving patients exceptional results and creating a calm, comfortable environment in all steps in the process. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Florin by calling us at (949) 304-2562 or filling out a contact form online.
Can breast grow back after reduction?
Its possible for breasts to grow back after a reduction procedure because of occurrences like weight gain or pregnancy. For this reason, its best to be at a stable weight and have no future plans for pregnancy when considering breast reduction.
Can you drink alcohol after breast reduction?
You should plan to wait at least one week before resuming alcohol use after breast reduction. This is because it can interfere with your healing, circulation, and pain relief medications.
Do you lose feeling in your nipples after breast reduction?
Its possible to lose feeling in your nipples with certain incision patterns - it can be temporary or long-lasting. Make sure to discuss your options with your plastic surgeon if youre concerned about losing feeling.
Do you lose weight after breast reduction?
Breast reduction can achieve a negligible amount of weight loss because of the breast tissue and fat removed. It should not be considered a weight-loss procedure.
How can I reduce my cup size?
Breast reduction is one of the best ways to reduce cup size, especially for women who are at a stable and healthy weight. For other women, losing weight can sometimes impact the size of the breasts.
How dangerous is breast reduction surgery?
Every surgery comes with risks, and your board-certified plastic surgeon can discuss them during your consultation.
How do breast reductions work?
Breast reduction works by surgically removing breast tissue and fat from the breasts. Its typically performed as an outpatient procedure with general anesthesia.
How do I know if I need a breast reduction?
If you regularly experience symptoms like back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, rashes under your breasts, and difficulty exercising because of overly large breasts, a breast reduction may benefit you.
How long does it take for swelling to go down after breast reduction?
It can take up to 3 months for most of your surgical swelling to subside after surgery. However, you’ll see a big change in swelling within a few weeks of surgery.
How long does it take to recover from a breast reduction?
You should plan to take 1-2 weeks away from work or school for your recovery. Although you can generally return to your regular schedule at this point, you should still avoid intense exercise until around 6-8 weeks after surgery.
Does insurance pay for breast reduction?
Insurance will sometimes pay for breast reduction if the surgery is deemed medically necessary. However, breast reduction is also considered a cosmetic surgery procedure so whether insurance will cover your surgery varies.
Does weight gain increase breast size?
Yes. Changes in your weight will affect breast size since your breasts are partially made up of fatty tissue. Weight gain can cause a slight increase in the size of your breasts.
Dr. Florin specializes in breast, body, and facial cosmetic surgery. She strives to provide you with natural results that compliment your body and your goals. She understands that when you look your best, you feel your best and she is dedicated to help you on that journey. She feels blessed to have patients put their trust in her and she takes this honor very seriously. Patients are put at ease by Dr. Florin’s warmth and honesty. In the operating room, Dr. Florin is meticulous and artful with your surgery. It is through careful planning and outstanding skills, that you will end up with beautiful and natural results.
Dr. Whitney Florin is a top body and breast surgeon in the Newport Beach and Orange County area with experience. A maxillofacial surgeon and Diplomate of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery and the American Board of Facial Cosmetic Surgery, she is particularly known for her incredible, natural-looking results. Dr. Whitney Florin is a bilingual cosmetic surgeon, speaking both English and Spanish. After years of studying under some of the cosmetic surgery worlds’ top minds, she has helped thousands of men and women love the way they look in the mirror. Dr. Whitney Florin specializes in Mommy Makeovers, Breast and Body Augmentation, Liposuction, Tummy Tucks, and Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty. She is a true artist that will help you love what you see in the mirror.
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