Women with large breasts frequently endure symptoms (including back pain, skin infections from tight bra straps, dermatitis in the breast folds, unwanted attention, problems exercising, and trouble finding clothes that fit on top) that can be improved with a breast reduction surgery. A reduction mammaplasty reshapes the breasts to a smaller size by removing breast tissue and fat. Triple-board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Douglas Hendricks helps women in Orange County, Los Angeles, and around the world at Pacifica Cosmetic Surgery Center in Newport Beach, California with his skill and artful technique during a breast reduction. Dr. Hendricks will concentrate on reaching the patient’s ideal size, plus removing excess skin and lifting the position of the breasts for a firm, perky bust that improves the patient’s self-image and confidence.
During breast reduction surgery, surgeon skill is important. In addition to minimizing scarring, there will be a focus on maintaining a healthy blood supply to the nipple areola complex. This is essential because once the nipple and areola are repositioned, blood vessels will work to reestablish blood flow in order to prevent discoloration of the nipple and loss of feeling. Excess breast tissue is generally removed through a liposuction method and loose skin will also be surgically removed.
An “anchor” incision is one of the most commonly used techniques during this surgery. During this approach, an incision is made around the areola, which extends down to follow the natural curve and crease of the breast. It is also referred to as a vertical “T”. Once the breast is resized and reshaped, the nipple and areola will be repositioned and then the lift will be performed so the breast sits higher on the chest. The incisions will generally include absorbable stitches on the inside of the breast. There are variations to this incision pattern that can be used depending on breast size and aesthetic goals.
Breast Reduction Reviews
“Amazing Results – Newport Beach, CA – Nine years ago I found Dr. Hendricks through a friends' recommendation. I met with him for a breast lift and reduction consultation and immediately booked my surgery with him. He is professional, caring, skilled and knowledgeable. I was so happy with my results. I am still happy with the results today! I wanted Smartlipo on my arms, armpits, upper back and abdomen and only thought to go back to him for the procedure. He stays up-to-date on the latest procedures and treatments. Some of the areas I knew would be difficult due to the pockets of fat (bra overhang). Dr. Hendricks went over what could and couldn't be achieved and what to expect after surgery. He told me he would do his best to treat my areas of concern. I couldn't be happier with my results!! He treated every area and they look great! No more fat or loose skin. The post-op care has been top notch. He answers all of my questions, address my concerns, takes the time to talk about how recovery is going at each appointment and make sure I have the right compression garments as the size decreased, including sending them to my house if needed. Dr. Hendricks fixed my problem areas that diet and exercise couldn't. If you are looking for a plastic surgeon, I would highly recommend going to see Dr. Hendricks!”– S. / RealSelf / Jun 30, 2015
A breast reduction is performed under general anesthesia at an accredited surgical facility as an outpatient procedure. It typically takes about 2-4 hours to complete. During surgery, a training tube may be placed to control bleeding and swelling. For the first several weeks, patients will be directed to wear a surgical bra or compression garment. Most patients are able to return to work within 1-2 weeks, and may begin exercising by 4-6 weeks. The visible results of a breast reduction will be immediate. However, it may take 6 months or longer for nipple sensitivity to return.
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The results following breast reduction surgery should remain the same as long as a significant amount of weight gain does not occur. The natural aging process and gravity will, over time, change the laxity of a woman’s breast, but the size should remain steady if there is not a pregnancy or weight gain that follows.
One of the drawbacks to having excessively large breasts is an enlarged areola (the slightly darker area surrounding the nipple). Thankfully, breast reduction surgery corrects this. Since the incision occurs around the areola, it is a relatively simple technique to trim away the desired amount of areola and reshape it into a smaller size so it looks proportional with the new breast size and shape.
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This varies depending on the patient’s aesthetic and physical goals. After breast reduction surgery, it is common to go down a complete cup size, if not two.
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