BREAST REDUCTION in Newport Beach
Living with oversized breasts can be uncomfortable, painful, and embarrassing. Finding bras and clothing that fits well is often times challenging and frustrating. Breast reduction surgery provides the ability to have normal sized breasts with a youthful, perky appearance, which can lead to improved self-confidence, health, and overall wellness. Dr. Horowitz and Dr. Nichter have been performing breast reduction surgery for over 20 years and many of their patients find the procedure to be life changing.
Some of the common complaints we hear from our female patients are:
- Uncomfortable with people staring at their breasts
- Tired of trying to find bras and clothing to contain their breasts
- Frustrated with wardrobe limitations
- Back, neck, and shoulder pain
- Breathing issues
- Hygiene problems
- Feeling humiliated or embarrassed in public
- Lack of self-confidence
BREAST REDUCTION CANDIDATES
Breast reduction is a surgical procedure intended to reduce the size of a woman’s breasts while also improving overall shape and position. Oftentimes, the areola is enlarged, so a reduction is necessary to provide proper proportion. Functional symptoms caused by excessive breasts may be relieved or improved with surgery.
- Breast reduction is ideal for any woman who feels her breasts are too large and heavy.
- Other issues such as movement restriction, pain, poor posture, indentations from bra straps, chafing or irritation under the breasts may or may not be present.
- Women with excessive breast size who feel a lack of attractiveness and self-confidence.
- Women with large breasts that interfere with normal daily activities or the ability to exercise.
Breast Reduction Results
The end results should speak for themselves, and should include:
- Smaller breasts and a more attractive breast shape and position.
- Freedom from health problems associated with having large breasts.
- Improved self-image and confidence.
- More wardrobe options available.
- Ability to enjoy normal daily activities and physical activity.
During the consultation process, your selected surgeon will meet with you to discuss your goals with having breast reduction surgery. Your health history will be discussed to ensure you are a candidate for surgery (please bring a list of prescribed medications with you ). Assuming you are medically qualified for surgery, Dr. Horowitz or Dr. Nichter will then measure your breasts and chest wall, as well as evaluate your overall body shape and size. Recommendations will be given as to which procedures is necessary to achieve your desired look.
Breast reduction surgery is performed in our affiliated Newport Beach outpatient surgery center. General anesthesia is used under the guidance of a board-certified anesthesiologist.
There are a various techniques used for breast reduction surgery. The most common one used by Dr. Horowitz and Dr. Nichter is the “Vertical” technique. We call this a “lollipop reduction.” An incision is made around the margin of the areola, while another incision is made vertically down the lower breast starting from the bottom of the areola to the breast crease. The circular incision combined with the straight line creates a “Lollipop” appearance. This options requires half the scar of the standard Anchor (inverted “T”) incision. This method also does a better job of narrowing the breast and providing outward projection, resulting in better shape with less scarring.
Women with massive breast size will likely require the Anchor incision, which is essentially a Lollipop incision with an added horizontal incision in the breast crease. In extreme cases the areola and nipple is reduce in size and transplanted as a graft to the preferred position.
An important issue to understand after having breast reduction surgery is the possibility of the breasts sagging again in the future. After surgery gravity will continue to take effect, and there can be a tendency for the breasts to sag over a period of time. Women vary a great deal in this respect. In general, the smaller the breasts the less tendency for sagging to reoccur. If the breasts sag again, further excision of the skin on an outpatient basis can be used to correct the problem. If we lift heavy breasts without making them smaller, sagging will persist. Again, to avoid this, it is necessary to remove enough excess breast tissue to prevent this issue. Another option is to aggressively remove breast tissue and replace it with implants. Implants will provide a longer lasting perky result.
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Oftentimes additional procedures may be recommended to enhance your breast reduction result.
Common add-on procedures include:
- Breast Lift
- Breast Augmentation
- Liposuction of the breast roll and/or back
- Liposuction of the abdomen
Large breasts can occur for a variety of reasons including family genetics, post-pregnancy changes, excessive weight gain, or over-active adolescent growth. Common problems associated with larger than normal breasts may include back, neck, and shoulder pain, poor hygiene and breast pain or tenderness. Other problems include skin irritation, skeletal abnormalities, breathing troubles, emotional issues, and interference with physical fitness and normal daily activities.
In some instances, breast reduction surgery may be covered by insurance. After meeting with on of our breast reduction doctors, we recommend contacting your insurance company to discuss possible reimbursement of your surgical expenses. We are a cash based practice, so we cannot bill your insurance on your behalf. We will provide you with any documentation needed.
What to Know as You Heal
The most important advice we can give our patients is to take it easy after surgery. Don’t push yourself to do things at a faster pace than your body is ready for. When you get home after surgery, you will still be groggy from the anesthesia, so try to sleep. When you feel up to it, have a shake, smoothie, crackers, Sprite, or similar to settle your stomach so you can take your medications. Don’t eat large meals or greasy meals right away. Try to eat foods which promote going to the bathroom. Constipation can be a problem during recovery, so eat vegetables or drink prune juice.