Breast Reduction Surgery (Reduction Mammaplasty) in Long Beach, California

Women who are unhappy about having large breasts and/or want to treat symptoms such as back pain, breathing problems and poor posture, may benefit from reduction mammaplasty (breast reduction), during which fat, glandular tissue and skin are removed from the breasts. The resultant smaller breasts increase patient comfort, and look more in proportion to the rest of the body. Ideal candidates for breast reductions are women with oversized breasts that are causing medical problems, low self-esteem, and/or physical or social discomfort. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding cannot undergo breast reduction surgery.

The Breast Reduction Procedure

Breast reductions are performed under general anesthesia. Depending on the technique used and the individual case, it takes from 2 to 5 hours to perform. One of the following incisions is often used:

  • Two rings, one larger than the other, around the areola
  • A keyhole shape, around the areola and down to the breast crease
  • An anchor shape, beginning in the breast crease, and extending up to and around the areola

An anchor shape, beginning in the breast crease, and extending up to and around the areola

Recovery From Breast Reduction Surgery

After breast reduction surgery, patients typically experience soreness, swelling and bruising for several days. Bandages are removed after 2 days, and replaced with a surgical bra. Physical activity should be limited for 1 to 2 weeks, while exercise and other strenuous activity should be avoided for at least 4 weeks. Stitches are removed after 2 to 3 weeks, at which point most patients return to work and other regular activities.

The results of breast reductions are noticeable immediately after surgery. As swelling and bruising subside, the breasts’ appearance improves. Scars fade with time, and usually cannot be seen when a patient wears a bathing suit or low-cut top.

Risks Of Breast Reduction Surgery

In addition to the risks associated with any surgery, risks related to breast reductions, depending on the technique used, include the following:

  • Loss of sensation
  • Scarring
  • Asymmetry
  • Excessive firmness
  • Inability to breast-feed
  • Loss of skin/tissue where incisions meet
  • Partial or total loss of areola and nipple

Although breast reduction provides long-lasting results, breasts are still subject to the effects of aging and gravity.

Who Is A Candidate For A Breast Reduction?

The ideal candidate for breast reduction is a woman with oversized breasts that are causing medical problems, low self-esteem, and/or physical or social discomfort. A woman who is pregnant or breastfeeding cannot undergo a breast reduction. Breast reduction, usually using liposuction, is also used on men whose breasts are enlarged.

Are Breast Reductions Covered By Insurance?

Medical insurance may cover the cost of a breast reduction if it is being performed to alleviate physical discomfort and pain. Depending on the particular insurance provider, eligibility factors may include the amount of breast tissue to be removed, and whether more conservative steps to reduce pain have been attempted.

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