For many women, the condition of large breasts (macromastia) can cause a number of physical and aesthetic complications, including chronic back pain, headaches, breathing problems, poor posture, neck strain, skin irritation, and deep, painful indentations from bra straps. Macromastia may also inhibit lifestyle choices, and make physical activity, sports, and exercise extremely challenging, leading to decreased mobility and increased potential for weight gain.
Fortunately, at Gabbay Plastic Surgery, Dr. Joubin Gabbay M.D. offers breast reduction surgery (reduction mammoplasty) as an option to decrease the size of one’s breasts and make the breast size more proportional to the rest of the body by surgically removing excess breast tissue, fat and/or skin. Breast reduction surgery can also reposition the nipple to a cosmetically appropriate position, and address the aesthetic issue of enlarged nipples, which sometimes accompanies the condition of macromastia.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reports that breast reduction surgery has increased 146% in the last decade, and classifies breast reduction surgery as a reconstructive, rather than cosmetic, procedure, because in most cases, it is performed to correct a physical or medical problem, rather than strictly to improve one’s appearance.
During your Beverly Hills breast reduction surgery, Dr. Gabbay will remove the necessary amount of fat, glandular tissue, and skin from your breast, and then reshape your breast to better contour to your specific body size and shape. There are many different types of breast reduction surgery, and the amount of reduction needed to restore your breast health, in conjunction with your specific breast reduction aesthetic goals, will determine your unique surgical details.
Common breast reduction surgical techniques include:
Breast reduction surgery consistently ranks at the top of patient satisfaction surveys for all procedures performed by plastic surgeons. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons recently surveyed patients after their breast reduction surgery and over 95% responded that they would have the surgery performed again if they needed to. This very telling statistic lends further evidence to the fact that breast reduction surgery continues to increase in popularity as a surgery with both medical and cosmetic benefits. At Gabbay Plastic Surgery, Dr. Gabbay and his dedicated team are committed to helping you achieve your aesthetic and medical goals and will tailor your treatment plan to meet your unique needs and objectives. If you would like additional information about breast reduction surgery, please contact Gabbay Plastic Surgery today. We look forward to speaking with you, and to scheduling a complimentary initial consultation with Dr. Gabbay.
Breast reduction surgery can address and correct many health complications resulting from enlarged breasts (macromastia):
If you have any of the symptoms listed above, you may be a good candidate for breast reduction surgery; however, the ideal breast reduction candidate must be in good health with no current or pre-existing medical conditions and with good skin elasticity. Contraindications for breast reduction surgery include smoking, blood clotting disorders, or heart or circulatory disorders.
If you think a breast reduction may be right for you, the first step is to call Gabbay Plastic Surgery and schedule a consultation with Dr. Gabbay. During your visit, Dr. Gabbay will discuss your specific surgical goals, take a detailed medical history, and assess your physical and emotional health. If it is determined that breast reduction surgery is a good option for you, Dr. Gabbay will explain to you how much breast tissue should be removed in order to achieve your desired outcome and will provide instructions on how to prepare for the surgery and plan for your recovery. You will be encouraged to voice any concerns in an open discussion so that you and Dr. Gabbay can reach an understanding of the best treatment options to achieve your aesthetic goals. He will then create a customized treatment plan based on the size and shape of your breasts, the quality of your skin, the position of your nipples, and your individual needs.
Breast reduction surgery is typically performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia and (depending on the extensiveness of the procedure) can take 2-3 hours to complete. Once the incision is made, Dr. Gabbay will remove excess skin, tissue, and fat, and will shift the nipple-areolar complex to a higher position for cosmetic purposes. Excess fat may also be removed through liposuction (along with various excision techniques). Drainage tubes will be inserted at the end of the surgery to drain fluid (drains will be removed 1-2 days after your surgery). The incision site will then be sutured with dissolvable stitches and your breasts will be wrapped in special gauze before you are taken to the recovery room.
After your breast reduction surgery, you may experience pain and discomfort, which can be controlled with pain medication as needed. Following surgery, your breasts will be significantly smaller, but the final shape and size may not be evident until healing is complete (this can take up to six months). All dressings should be kept clean and dry for at least 1-2 weeks to assist with optimal healing, and you will be required to wear a support bra for at least six weeks. Numbness can occur on the actual nipple and surrounding breast area, but in most cases this is temporary.
Post-operative instructions for breast reduction surgery call for rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and reduce recovery time. You may feel tired for 1-2 weeks and should plan to take off at least one week of work. You must avoid heavy exercise for at least six weeks, although light activity (i.e. walking) will help in your recovery. After several weeks, bruising and swelling will diminish, and after a few months, you should be able to resume most of your regular activities.
Breast reduction surgery is generally a very safe procedure; however, rare complications include inadequate healing of the nipple area, blood clots, bleeding, infection, and adverse reaction to anesthesia.
At Gabbay Plastic Surgery, our surgeon has decades of experience and can provide Beverly Hills breast reduction services with results you will love! Call today at (310) 928-2558 to schedule your consultation.