Large breasts can cause ongoing pain in the neck, shoulders, and back and create shoulder rashes from pressured bra straps.
At Los Angeles Center for Cosmetic Surgery, skilled plastic surgeons offer breast reduction surgery at the practice’s Downtown Los Angeles office. By having excess fat or skin surgically removed from their breasts, patients can find pain relief and achieve a more proportional figure.
If you’re curious about breast reduction LACCS can schedule an in-office consultation with our DTLA plastic surgeons today.
Breast reduction surgery, or reduction mammoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure that removes excess fat, skin and glandular tissues from breasts. Many women opt for this procedure when their breasts appear overly large or out of proportion with the rest of the body, or when they suffer back pain or shoulder pain. Many people with heavy breasts also have deep troughs in the shoulder tissue where bra straps have exerted significant pressure.
Overly large breasts can physically reduce daily activities for women and can cause shoulder and back pain. It can also make her self-conscious about her body and her own self-image. LACCS plastic surgeons can provide relief with a breast reduction surgery that can help correct asymmetry because one breast can be larger than the other. This can make it difficult to find bras that fit, for example.
A breast reduction can also decrease the size of the areolas and can be paired with a breast lift to add more support and reposition the breasts and nipples.
By decreasing the size and weight of large breasts, your surgeon can create a more aesthetically pleasing breast contour that will be more proportioned to your body and make your breasts lighter and firmer.
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Breast Reduction Procedure
Depending on your specific personal procedure, a breast reduction surgery usually involves general anesthesia and can be done in an outpatient facility or overnight in the hospital. The procedure takes between two to five hours.
Your surgeon can make an incision around your nipple and downward on the breast to remove extra skin tissue and fat from your breasts and reposition your nipple often to a higher, more forward position on your chest. The breast tissue and skin is then reshaped. The areolas can also be decreased to a more proportional size.
Drainage tubes may be used. Your breasts will be stitched up and wrapped in special gauze. It may be a good idea to wear a surgical bra for support.
Types of breast reduction
There are several different surgical techniques for breast reduction that will result in the best desired outcome. One of the most common methods is the inferior pedicle, which re-positions the nipples and reduces large, saggy breast tissue.
A vertical breast reduction involves a moderate decrease in the size of their breast, including reducing mild sagging. Also known as a lollipop breast reduction, there is some scarring on the breast usually below the nipple where it can be concealed underneath a bra or bikini top. Vertical breast reduction works well with patients who have good elasticity and do not have too much excess breast tissue.
An inverted-T breast reduction is utilized for patients who require the biggest reduction in breast size and has significant sagging or asymmetry that needs to be corrected. Also known as an anchor breast reduction, it is the surgery of choice when there is a lot of tissue that needs to be removed and reshaped. The scar usually runs along the crease underneath the breast and can be hidden by clothing. It fades quite a bit the first year after the procedure.
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Any woman in good physical health, a non-smoker, and who has a realistic goal of what a breast reduction can accomplish in your life. The best candidates are women who feel self-conscious about their large breasts and have difficulty participating in physical activities. By having a breast reduction procedure, a woman can become more active and have a healthier exercise regimen. And her clothes will fit more organically as well.
Will there be any scars after my breast reduction?
You can expect a scar after your breast reduction procedure. It will not disappear completely but fade over time. Make sure not to do strenuous activities such as heavy lifting in the first few weeks after your surgery.
What is the recovery from breast reduction?
You will need to take some time off as you recover from your breast reduction surgery. As mentioned, you may need to wear some support in the form of a surgical bra and/or special gauze. It’s important that you do not participate in any strenuous activities, including heavy lifting, for at least a month after your procedure. Walking, on the other hand, will give you some form of exercise and help the healing of your incisions.
You can expect to feel tired, have less energy and experience pain in your breast(s) following your procedure. Feeling soreness in the first few days once you get home is perfectly normal. Pain medication for comfort can be provided for you. An ice pack placed on top of your bandages can also decrease pain. Follow-up appointments will be scheduled to remove your bandages and stitches.
How long it takes to return to work depends on you and how you feel. All individuals recover at their own pace. Most patients take a week or so to recover. It depends on what type of work you do. Expect not to have full range of motion in your chest and shoulders for a few days. It is important to contact your surgeon if you have unexpected discharge from your incision or if any of your stitches come undone. Also, be on the lookout for any signs of infection or swelling, especially at the surgical site.
It will take two or three months to see your full final results and when you’ll be able to start shopping for new clothes. There will be more subtle changes over the first year after your procedure.
What are the results of breast reduction?
The results of a breast reduction surgery are long-lasting as long as you maintain a stable weight and follow a good healthy regiment. If you plan on having children, it is best to wait until after childbirth. And keep in mind that you will continue to age and your breasts will start to sag once again but not as much as with a breast reduction procedure. Overall, breast reduction surgery will definitely bring you great results and change your lifestyle.
Can men get breast reduction?
Yes, some men suffer from gynecomastia, a condition in which an imbalance of hormones causes enlargement in the breasts. There is usually no pain involved but it can make men feel uncomfortable about their bodies. Gynecomastia can develop at any stage of a man’s life, usually during puberty. And it is different from pseudogynecomastia or lipomastia that deals with fat deposits in the breast area of obese men.
Top 10 benefits of breast reduction
Here are some of the great advantages of getting a breast reduction in Los Angeles:
All forms of clothing, including swimsuits, will look better and fit more organically
Better quality of sleep
Bras to fit attractively and comfortably
Figure will appear more balanced
Firmer and lighter breasts
More proportioned body
More youthful appearance
Reduced back, neck and shoulder pain
Self-confidence with the new changes
Breast reduction in Los Angeles
A breast reduction procedure can alleviate pain in your back and other parts of your body and a better proportioned overall body. At Los Angeles Center for Cosmetic Surgery, you can get one of the best breast reduction Los Angeles has to offer you. Call us today and emerge from this procedure with renewed energy and perspective.