Breast Reduction Surgery
Women with large and pendulous breasts often experience neck and back pain and discomfort due to the excess weight and strain their breasts put on these muscles. For some women, large breasts lead to self-consciousness and low self-esteem. Breast reduction surgery, or reduction mammoplasty, can alleviate these problems, resulting in smaller, firmer and perkier breasts.
Men, too, can benefit from male breast reduction surgery, particularly if they are suffering from Gynecomastia. This swelling of the breast tissue isn’t usually serious, but it can be embarrassing or even painful. Breast reduction surgery can remove the excess tissue causing the swelling and restore male breasts to their natural appearance.
The Reduction Mammoplasty Procedure
During breast reduction surgery excess fat, tissues and skin are removed from the breasts to make them smaller and more in proportion to the body. This is done under general anesthesia.
The necessary incisions include:
- Around the areola
- A vertical line running from the bottom of the areola to the crease underneath the breast
- The natural curve of the breast crease
Once incisions have been made, fat, tissue and skin are removed. The areola and nipple are shifted higher on the breast and the areola may be reduced in size to complement the new breast size.
While some scarring is unavoidable, the incisions are made in ways that minimize the appearance of scars and allow for the most natural-looking results.
Ideal Candidates for Breast Reduction Procedures
Good candidates reduction mammoplasty are healthy women who have:
- Overly large breasts resulting in physical discomfort or pain
- Stretched skin and/or areolas as a result of heavy, pendulous breasts
- Breasts that restrict physical activity
- Low self-esteem due to large breasts
- Nipples that rest below the breast crease when unsupported
- Skin irritations below the breast crease
Breast Reduction Cost and Recovery
The cost of breast reduction surgery varies from person to person and based on the type of procedures necessary to give you the results you desire. If the procedure is medically necessary, your insurance may cover all or a portion of these costs. Dr. Lombardo offers a free in-office consultation and price quote after assessing your individual needs and goals. To schedule your free breast reduction consultation, call: (760) 610-8990.
Immediately after your breast reduction procedure, the area will be wrapped in a compression bra and bandages to protect the incision sites and speed healing. Expect to see some bruising that fades within 10 days of the procedure.
You will be sore for several weeks after your procedure. Plan to reduce your normal activities for the first few weeks as your body recovers. During this time, you should wear a support bra to help minimize swelling. Medications will be prescribed to help you deal with the discomfort and help prevent infection. As the incisions heal, you may experience some itching but this will fade with time. Once swelling has subsided, you will be able to see the new contours of your breasts.
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