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Breast Reduction

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Breast Reduction

Also known as reduction mammaplasty, breast reduction surgery removes excess breast fat, glandular tissue and skin to achieve a breast size in proportion with your body and to alleviate the discomfort associated with overly large breasts.

Who can have Breast Reduction?

Breast reduction surgery is a highly individualized procedure and you should do it for yourself, not to fulfill someone else’s desires or to try to fit any sort of ideal image. Breast reduction is a good option for you if:

  • ou are physically healthy
  • You have realistic expectations
  • You don’t smoke
  • You are bothered by the feeling that your breasts are too large
  • Your breasts limit your physical activity
  • You experience back, neck and shoulder pain caused by the weight of your breasts
  • You have regular indentations from bra straps that support heavy, pendulous breasts
  • You have skin irritation beneath the breast crease
  • Your breasts hang low and have stretched skin
  • Your nipples rest below the breast crease when your breasts are unsupported
  • You have enlarged areolas caused by stretched skin

What kind of anesthetic is used during Breast Reduction?

Breast Reduction is normally performed under general anesthetic.

How long does Breast Reduction surgery take?

Breast Reduction Los Angeles can take from one to four hours to complete.

What do I have to do to prepare for Breast Reduction?

You will be examined by a physician and undergo blood work testing to ensure that you are medically fit for surgery. You should stop taking aspirin, or any anti-flammitory drugs.

You will be given a prescription to antibiotics and painkillers, which you should fill before your surgery so that you have them easily available on day of surgery and your driver and/or caregiver is not running around to drugstores on the day of your surgery.

What happens on the day of Breast Reduction?

A friend or family member must bring you to the Beverly Hills Institute of Plastic Surgery. Our Patient Care Coordinator will greet you and bring in into the an examining room, where your Plastic Surgeon will mark outlines on the parts of your body that will indicate where the treatment will be administered.

Photos will be taken of your breasts, so that you will be able to compare the results to another set of photos that will be taken after you have fully recovered from the surgery.

Following the surgery, you will be placed in a support/pressure garment that will help to reduce inflammation and bruising.

Since the first 24 – 48 hours after surgery is critical to optimal recovery, we suggest that patients consider being chauffeured to and recovering at Serenity.

Serenity is staffed by medical professionals that are specially trained in caring for patients immediately recovering from plastic surgery. If you do not elect to recover at Serenity, a friend or family member must come to our facility to pick you up after your surgery and bring you safely home. Someone must remain home with you for the first 48 – 72 hours, to assist you as you recover from your surgery.

Your surgeon will call you once you are safely home, to see how you are doing and to make sure you are recovering normally.

What is the Breast Reduction recovery process?

Breast Reduction recovery includes a post-surgical recovery period of 24 to 48 hours and an additional reduced-activity period of a few days. You will likely experience soreness and swelling for a few weeks.

Exercise and normal activity can resume at the direction of your plastic surgeon. Over time, post-surgical swelling will decrease and incision lines will fade.

Be careful

Following your physician’s instructions is key to the success of your surgery. It is important that the surgical incisions are not subjected to excessive force, abrasion, or motion during the time of healing. Your doctor will give you specific instructions on how to care for yourself.

What are the risks of Breast Reduction?

Like all surgery, they are always risks. Typical Breast Reduction risks include: unfavorable scarring, bleeding (hematoma), infection, poor healing of incisions, changes in nipple or breast sensation, may be temporary or permanent, capsular contracture, which is the formation of firm scar tissue around the implant, implant leakage or rupture, wrinkling of the skin over the implant, anesthesia risks, fluid accumulation, blood clots, pain, which may persist, deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications, possibility of revisional surgery.

Once you are deemed a good candidate for Breast Reduction Los Angeles, your Plastic Surgeon will discuss the risks in detail with you during your initial consultation.

What is the cost of Breast Reduction?

Costs are based on the unique needs of the patient. Your Patient Care Coordinator will discuss the cost of your Breast Reduction and the payment options available to you.