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Breast Reduction

By January 27, 2012 No Comments

Large breasts can cause pain, improper posture, rashes, breathing problems, skeletal deformities, and low self-esteem. Breast reduction surgery is usually done to provide relief from these symptoms.  Breast reduction surgery (reduction mammoplasty) is a surgical procedure where some of the tissue and skin from the breasts are removed to reduce the size and reshape the breasts, in addition to lifting them into a more youthful and perky position. Breast reduction surgery is done to change the size, weight, firmness, and shape of the breasts.

At Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery Group, both Dr. Layke and Dr. Danielpour specialize in performing Breast Reduction Surgery.  The surgery typically takes anywhere from 2-4 hours to perform and is commonly done in our Beverly Hills state-of-the-art,  fully- accredited ambulatory surgery center. The surgery can also be performed in a hospital. Both Dr. Danielpour and Dr. Layke have privileges at local hospitals here in Beverly Hills/Los Angeles such as Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Olympia Hospital, and Glendale Adventist.

During the procedure a lollipop or anchor-shaped incision is made from the new location of the nipple down to and around the crease beneath the breast. The surgeon removes excess glandular tissue, fat, and skin, relocates the nipple and areola, and reshapes the breast using skin from around the areola before closing the incisions with stitches. Liposuction may be needed to remove excess fat from the armpit area, and in some cases when only fat needs to be removed from the breasts, liposuction alone is used for breast reduction. While breast reduction surgery is an option for most, it is not recommended for women who intend to breast-feed, since many of the milk ducts leading to the nipples are removed.

While a little pain is normal after surgery, the recovery from breast reduction surgery is relatively quick and extremely tolerable. Swelling, bruising, crusting and slight changes in breast size are also common.  Scars fade with time but will not disappear, although they can be hidden with a bra, bathing suit or low-cut top. For a few days after surgery the breasts are bound with an elastic bandage or a surgical bra and you may be given surgical drainage tubes for fluid removal. Stitches come out in a week and the surgical bra must be worn for about a month. No strenuous exercise is typically advised for about 4 weeks following the surgery, but most are pleasantly surprised that they are back to driving, and a desk job in about 5-7 days.

Risks are minor but may include bleeding, infection, reaction to the anesthesia, small sores around the nipples, slightly mismatched breasts or unevenly positioned nipples, and permanent loss of feeling in the nipple or breast.

If you are thinking about having a breast reduction and have health insurance, you might want to consider contacting your health insurance company. Some insurance companies cover partial or even full costs of breast reduction based on the medical necessity for the surgery. Insurance will NOT cover breast reduction surgery if they see it in any way as being “cosmetic”.

So do you want to improve your self-image, get rid of back pain and improve your life? Call us today for your COMPLIMENTARY consultation.

Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery Group

(310) 853-5147