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Is Breast Reduction Surgery Right for You?

Many women contact our Newport beach/Costa Mesa office daily inquiring about breast reduction surgery. It’s not a procedure that gets a lot of publicity so we thought we’d put together a little guide on breast reduction surgery:

First, who should consider breast reduction surgery?

A good candidate for breast reduction typically has one or more of the following:

  • One breast is significantly larger than the other
  • Self-consciousness about the largeness of your breasts or dissatisfaction about their size.
  • Breasts that are largely disproportionate to your body frame
  • Restrictions in physical activity due to the size and weight of your breasts
  • Heavy, pendulous breasts with nipples and areolas that point downward
  • Back, neck or shoulder pain caused by the weight of your breasts
  • Skin irritation beneath your breasts
  • Pain and skin irritation or indentations from tight bra straps

After deciding that they are candidates for breast reduction surgery a lot of Newport Beach/Costa Mesa clients next ask how is breast reduction is performed?

Typically breast reduction surgery uses a method that involves three incisions. The first incision is made around the areola then another runs vertically from the bottom edge of the areola to the crease underneath the breast. Lastly a third incision follows the natural curve of the breast crease.

Next comes the removal of excess breast tissue, fat and skin. Then the nipple and areola are shifted to a higher position. Often in large breasts the areola has been stretched, so during breast reduction the areola also is reduced in size. Also skin that was located above the nipple is moved down and brought together to reshape the breast. Additionally liposuction may be used to improve the contour under the arm.

Most often, the nipples and areolas remain attached to underlying mounds of tissue, so that loss of sensation doesn’t occur. This method also preserved the ability to breast-feed although it unfortunately can’t be guaranteed.

There is much more to the breast reduction surgery so if you live in the Newport beach/Costa Mesa area, contact our office today. We will happily go over all that breast reduction surgery can do for you.