Society often leads us to believe that large breasts are the modern-day ideal. However, many women suffer on a daily basis from breasts that are disproportionately large compared to the rest of their body. Breasts that are too big cause many health problems and can affect a woman’s self-esteem, which is why many patients come to Beautiful Breasts of Orange County to consult about a breast reduction procedure. Dr. Burr von Maur understands that bigger is not always better and are more than capable of reducing the size of ample breasts so that you can become more active and enhance your quality of life.
A breast reduction is often needed when the size of your breasts begin to interfere with daily living. Overly large breasts are known to cause back pain due to their weight and keep many women from participating in a more active lifestyle. Daily exercise and sports all become an uncomfortable hassle with breasts that are too large. Large breasts can also look disproportionate to the rest of your body, creating many self-image issues and affecting your confidence. When your breasts are causing you to shy away from social activities and refrain from all that life has to offer, then it’s time to do something about it.
Breast reduction surgery is an excellent option for women with overly large breasts, are in general good heath, experience pain due to the size of their breasts or discomfort from their bras, are limited in their physical activity and have irritation beneath the breast crease. If this sounds like you, contact Beautiful Breasts of Orange Country to get started on your breast reduction.
What to Know about the Procedure
Your breast reduction will typically begin with a consultation, where our surgeons will assess your candidacy and review your medical history. We want to know all about your lifestyle, your cosmetic goals as well as any questions you may have about breast reduction. Your breast reduction consultation is a time for you to discuss your desires and expectations for surgery openly while we make sure that a breast reduction is the best procedure for your needs.
Benefits of a breast reduction include:
- A more proportional physique
- Improved posture
- Reduced back pain
- Increased self-confidence
- More frequent physical activity
- Better-fitting clothing and bras
The risks, recovery, healing process and cost of your breast reduction will all be thoroughly explained during your consultation, and we will go over the surgical procedure in its entirety so that you have an understanding of what surgery will be like before, during and after its completion.
During Your Breast Reduction
Breast reduction surgery varies case by case and can depend on the conditions causing your breasts to be abundantly large. Larger breasts can be made up of either excess skin or fat that increases the weight of the breasts, and the surgical technique used will be based on the specific components that need to be removed. Liposuction focuses on reducing the amount of fat in the breasts, and additional excision may be required if any excess skin would hinder the creation of smaller breasts.
You will be placed under anesthesia, and an incision will be made either around the areola, down the breast crease and around the areola or in an anchor-like pattern. The incision chosen for your breast reduction will depend on the amount of fat and tissue within the natural breast as well as the desired shape. The nipple is repositioned, and the areola reshaped if necessary, and the tissues within the breast are reduced and lifted to the desired shape and size. Your incisions are closed using sutures, which are placed in such a way to support your breasts as much as possible.
The results of your surgery will be noticeable immediately, but you will need to take some time off to allow your incisions to heal. Recovery times differ for every patient and depend on the extent of the procedure performed, but if you follow the post-care instructions given to you by your surgeon, you should notice a significant reduction in swelling after three or four weeks. Because your breast reduction is an outpatient procedure, you will be able to walk around the day after surgery; however, you will more than likely require the help of a friend or family member who can help you get dressed and maneuver around the house. Follow-up appointments with your surgeon will be scheduled before your surgery begins and will like occur a few days after the healing process has begun.
We recommend organizing your household before undergoing breast reduction surgery. Preparing meals, clothing, and rearranging furniture to accommodate your condition will make your healing process more comfortable. After three or four weeks, and at the recommendation of your doctor, you can begin exercises other than walking and gradually return to your regular daily routine. You will notice less weight on your chest and the physical discomfort you experienced before surgery will be significantly alleviated. As you adjust to your brand new breasts, you should feel a renewed sense of confidence knowing that your body looks and feels more proportionate. You can wear clothing that fits better and participate in physical activities that were otherwise unbearable.
If you are suffering from overly large breasts and are ready for a breast reduction, contact Beautiful Breasts of Orange County and schedule a consultation with some of the best plastic surgeons in Southern California. To learn more about our breast reduction procedures, we offer or to book your consultation now, call our office at (949) 565-2114.