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Breast Reduction

Breast reduction enhances the appearance and shape of the breasts by making them smaller, lighter, and firmer. By removing excess tissue, breast reduction improves the appearance of the breasts, boosts self-confidence, and alleviates many complaints associated with having overly large breasts. Women who undergo breast reduction are typically highly satisfied and experience a more comfortable life with a more beautiful and proportionate body.

The Benefits of Breast Reduction

Breast Reduction Techniques

Liposuction-only Breast Reduction

  • A liposuction-only breast reduction may be appropriate for women who desire breast fat removal but who do not need removal of excess breast tissue or skin.
  • Liposuction uses a suction device and cannula to extract excess fat from the breasts and diminish breast volume with minimal scarring.
  • Afterward, the breasts will be smaller and lighter, providing a more proportionate appearance and body shape.

Traditional Breast Reduction (Anchor Incision)

  • Most commonly, breast reduction is performed with an incision that encircles the areola, goes down to the breast crease, and follows the natural curve under the breast.
  • The surgeon removes excess breast tissue, fat, and skin to reduce breast size and correct any related sagging.
  • The surgeon relocates the nipples and areolas to a higher position.
  • Afterward, the breasts will be much smaller and lighter.
  • Breast reduction relieves unwanted symptoms and causes the body to look more balanced and proportionate.

Alleviating Your Concerns

Recovery
After breast reduction, bandages are immediately applied to minimize breast movement and aid in the healing process. Soon after, the bandages will be replaced by a surgical bra that you should wear for several weeks. Generally, it is best to get plenty of rest to speed up the healing process and reduce your recovery time. Patients may be able to return to work seven to 10 days after surgery. To reduce the risk of complications, you should avoid strenuous physical exercise for a full six weeks. Dr. Mesbahi will give you detailed postoperative instructions, and if you follow them carefully, you will have a better recovery experience and will minimize your risk of potential problems or complications.
Scars
Those patients who undergo liposuction-only breast reduction may have little to no visible scarring. Those who undergo traditional breast reduction with the anchor incision will likely have scarring in the location of the incisions. The extent of scarring is determined by how well you follow your postoperative instructions and how well your body heals. You should minimize sun exposure to the area to prevent the scar tissue from darkening in the sunlight. Women who elect to undergo breast reduction surgery report incredibly high satisfaction rates and consider any scarring to be well worth the improvements to their quality of living. Any scarring will fade with time.
Pain
Anesthesia ensures patient comfort during the breast reduction procedure. During recovery, some patients report minor amounts of pain. Oral pain medication can minimize any temporary discomfort.
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Candidates should be healthy non-smokers or be willing to quit smoking for at least six weeks before and after surgery. A good candidate for breast reduction may suffer from one or more of the following issues:
  • • Chronic back, neck, head, and/or shoulder pain caused by having heavy breasts
  • • Painful shoulder grooves caused by overburdened bra straps
  • • Skin rashes caused by chafing
  • • A disproportionate body frame due to having oversized breasts
  • • Limited physical activity due to the weight and size of the breasts
  • • Breast sagging caused by gravity pulling on the heavy weight of the breasts
  • • Pain while exercising attributed to oversized breasts
  • • Anxiety, discomfort, and/or unwanted attention attributed to having large breasts
  • • Difficulty finding clothing that fits and is flattering in the chest area
  • • Difficulty finding bras that provide necessary support
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Liposuction-only breast reduction is only recommended to a small minority of breast reduction candidates. Most women who desire breast reduction will need the traditional technique to achieve notable improvements in body shape and relief from symptoms. The appropriate technique is best determined during your initial consultation with Dr. Mesbahi.
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Your results from breast reduction surgery should be permanent as long as you avoid future weight gain and pregnancy.
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Breast reduction yields satisfying body-image changes. Patients with chronic pain in their shoulders, back, neck, or head may notice an immediate improvement in their symptoms. Exercise may become easier and less painful, and overall quality of life can significantly improve. Women will also have better body proportions, alleviation of anxiety or unwanted attention, better clothing fits, and greater self-confidence.

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