Breast Reduction, also known as reduction mammoplasty, is plastic surgery procedure for reducing and reshaping the breasts.
Anesthesia type: General
Facility type: Outpatient surgery center
Recovery time: 1-2 weeks
What to expect during recovery: Swelling, bruising, some discomfort, redness and itching along incisions, wearing a post-surgical bra or sports bra during healing to reduce swelling, and limitations with physical activity.
Deciding to have breast reduction –
If you are considering a breast reduction, please read through the information we have provided so you are informed about the procedure, then call our office to schedule a private consultation with Dr. Hurvitz at his Long Beach, CA. office.
During your visit, let Dr. Hurvitz know what your goals and expectations are from breast reduction surgery. This will help him understand your motives and expected outcome, as well as determine if your expectations are realistic. Dr. Hurvitz will evaluate your breasts and medical history to determine if you are a good candidate for breast reduction surgery. If so, he will go on to explain what procedure or combination of procedure will provide optimal results. Keep in mind, it is quite common to combine a breast reduction with a breast lift and/or breast augmentation. Lastly, Dr. Hurvitz will discuss the risks associated with surgery, as well as the healing time and what to expect during recovery. His staff will provide you with a detailed surgery quote outlining the cost. If you have medical insurance, please contact your provider to find out if you have benefits for reduction mammoplasty. Be sure to ask what is needed for your case to be considered for possible coverage. Let our staff know should you have benefits to find out if your surgery might be eligible for insurance reimbursement.
About breast reduction surgery –
Breast reduction surgery is done to change the size, weight, firmness, and shape of the breasts, which can result in feeling more comfortable. Large, heavy breasts can cause back and neck pain, skin irritation, and posture problems. Heavy breasts often times cause bra straps to leave painful indentations in a woman’s shoulders. Breast reduction surgery can eliminate these problems in most cases. Reducing breast size can also make physical activity more comfortable and provide more latitude with clothing options.
If the breasts consist of mostly fatty tissue and skin doesn’t need to be removed, liposuction alone may be enough. Otherwise, incisions will be needed to successfully remove excess tissue and skin. Sometimes the areola and nipple will need to be repositioned.
Women who have breast reduction surgery are extremely satisfied. It can make the breasts smaller, more comfortable and attractive.The results are considered permanent, however breasts may become larger or their shape may change as a result of pregnancy, weight gain, or weight loss.
Common procedures combined with breast reduction –