Large, pendulous breasts can lead to neck and back pain, make certain physical activities difficult, and even lead to emotional anxiety. A mammoplasty, commonly referred to as a breast reduction, is a surgical procedure that can make the breasts smaller, firmer, and lighter. During a breast reduction, excess fat, skin, and tissue are removed from the breasts, which alleviates pain and makes the breasts appear more proportionate to one's body size. Click here to learn more of the benefits of breast reduction surgery.
Breast Reduction Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon
Double board-certified Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Firouz can help you achieve the breast reduction surgery results that you are looking for. He understands that each patient is unique and has a different view of what they want their breasts to look like. During your initial consultation, the surgeon will explain the breast reduction surgery process, what preparations need to be made as well as post-operative care instructions.
Reasons for Undergoing Mammoplasty
Each woman has her own reasons for wanting to reduce the size of her breasts. Plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Firouz may determine that a breast reduction is appropriate in cases where the woman is experiencing:
- breast sagging caused by large breast size;
- neck, shoulder, or back pain;
- difficulty participating in physical activities;
- painful marks from bra straps; or
- breasts that are out of proportion to their body size.
What to Expect During Mammoplasty Surgery
Based on the patient's situation and desired goals, the specific breast reduction technique may vary. For example, it may consist of surgical excision alone or in combination with liposuction where beneficial to the patient and dependent on her body type. To determine the most appropriate technique, the surgeon will consider the composition of the patient's breasts as well as the desired amount of breast reduction. In most cases, an incision will be made around the areola that will extend to underneath the curve of the breast. Once the excess tissue, skin, and fat are removed, the areola and nipple are repositioned and secured in place with sutures. The results of the breast reduction are noticeable almost immediately following surgery. As a result, patients enjoy a more proportionate body, less physical discomfort, and increased self-esteem.
Recovery After Mammoplasty Procedure
Complications following breast reduction surgery are unusual; however, it is important to follow the surgeon's post-surgical instructions closely to ensure proper healing and to minimize the possibility of any problems or complications. Patients are encouraged to rest as much as possible following the procedure and to limit their physical movement to prevent damage to the incisions. Immediately following the surgery, the breasts will be heavily bandaged to promote healing and limit breast movement. Once the incisions are healed, the bandages can be removed. At this point, patients typically wear a prescription surgical bra for several weeks to provide additional support as the breast tissue continues to heal. Minor discomfort and bruising are normal following any surgical procedure. In most cases, any discomfort is easily managed with over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers.
Women considering a breast reduction should consult with an experienced plastic surgeon before deciding to proceed with the procedure. Beverly Hills breast reduction surgeon Dr. Firouz's experience and expertise allows him to select the right surgical option for each patient's unique needs. With the right mammoplasty process, patients are able to enjoy less discomfort and a better quality of life.
To learn more about breast reduction surgery, please contact our office for a consultation today at 310-274-4321.