Not everyone is comfortable with having large breasts. For some women, having big breasts can make finding clothes a challenge. In some cases, breasts can be uneven due to their size as well. Dr. Bailey can address these issues with a simple breast reduction procedure. This operation can effectively reduce breast size and eliminate excess skin, giving you natural-looking, smaller, tighter breasts. Schedule a consultation at our Newport Beach office to learn more.
Breast Reduction Candidates
Large breasts can cause a variety of problems. Clothes do not fit well, heavy bra straps cut into the shoulders, altered posture causes neck and back pain, and the skin under the breasts can become irritated. Active sports and jogging can also become uncomfortable for large-breasted women. If you suffer from any problems, a breast reduction could be helpful.
Breast Reduction Surgery Procedure
Reduction mammoplasty (breast reduction) is the surgical reduction of the breast tissue and re-tailoring of the overlying skin. It includes correcting the droopy breast and removing excess skin. The operation involves cutting around the nipple, leaving it attached to the chest wall by a stalk of breast tissue, removing excess skin and glandular tissue in a reduction, and closing the re-shaped breast.
This process is performed under general anesthesia, typically as an outpatient. With good skin tone, a moderate reduction can be made with a scar around the outer border of the areola (the pigmented skin around the nipple) or even liposuction only. Most patients also need an incision down the lower surface of the breast, joining the nipple incision to one along the fold beneath the breast.
The most visible part of the resultant scar is around the nipple area to the lower border of the breast. Ironically, if your breasts are very droopy, you may be able to eliminate this incision and have a “no vertical scar” breast reduction. There would only be a circular scar around the nipple and a separate scar in the fold under the breast.
After the procedure, dressing must be worn under the bra for a week, and vigorous activity or lying on the breasts should be avoided for 4-6 weeks. This will minimize scar stretching. Most patients return to work 1-2 weeks after surgery. With more limited incisions, the skin may initially be bunched up or pleated along the incision line. This will usually settle over about three months.
After a breast reduction, you may still be able to breastfeed. It is, however, safer to assume that you may not be able to produce sufficient milk for any future child. Some degree of nipple numbness is also expected following reduction.
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A breast reduction may be needed if your breasts are causing you a great deal of discomfort or if you are unhappy with the size or symmetry of your breasts. Dr. Bailey can perform this procedure to give you the gorgeous, natural-looking results you deserve. To get started, simply fill out and submit the schedule form below or give our office a call by dialing (949) 650-6710.