Dr. Hootan Daneshmand
Breast Reduction Surgery
Breast Reduction in Orange County & Bakersfield, CA
Women with very large breasts may experience a variety of medical problems caused by excessive breast weight. Back and neck pain, skin irritation, skeletal deformities, and breathing problems are only some of these. In addition to medical problems, overly large breasts can also make a woman or teenage girl feel extremely self-conscious.
Breast reduction, technically known as reduction mammaplasty, is designed for such women. The procedure removes fat, glandular tissue, and skin from the breasts, making them smaller, lighter, and firmer. It also reduces the size of the areola. The goal of this type of surgery is to provide the woman with smaller, more proportionate breasts.
If you’re considering breast reduction surgery in Orange County, our professionals at Silhouette Plastic Surgery Institute will give you a basic understanding of the procedure and what you can expect from it.
How Much Does a Breast Reduction Cost?
The average cost of breast reduction surgery varies significantly due to multiple different cost factors. Many times, a patient’s health insurance may cover the full or partial price of the surgery because of the medical problems associated with overly large breasts. There are also financing plans available to patients who may wish to make convenient monthly installments.
All things considered, the price of a breast reduction will likely range from $8,000 to $15,000. The factors that go into the price vary from place to place and person to person.
What are the Cost Factors of a Breast Reduction?
Cost Factors of a Breast Reduction?
- Location - The cost of living in the area where the surgery is performed has a significant impact on the price of a breast reduction, as it does with most services and products provided in the region.
- Surgeon’s fee - The fee for each surgeon also varies on the basis of their skill, experience, and reputation in that field.
- Hospital or surgical facility costs - The cost of the hospital or surgical facility where the procedure takes place may vary depending on the quality of facilities, technology, services, and staff provided.
- Anesthesia cost - The anesthesiologist may charge a fee according to their experience and qualifications.
- Other expenses - Other expenses that may affect the cost include medical tests, prescriptions for medications, and post-surgery garments.
Am I a Good Candidate for Breast Reduction?
Breast reduction must be carefully individualized to each patient's needs. A consultation to evaluate your breast exam and discuss your goals can best determine how well the procedure will work for you specifically. It is women with large, pendulous breasts who will benefit the most from a reduction procedure.
You may be a good candidate for a reduction mammaplasty if you:
- Are physically healthy
- Don’t smoke
- Are insecure about your large breasts
- Experience shoulder, neck, and/or back pain due to the weight of your breasts
- Have breasts that limit your physical activity
- Experience shoulder indentations from bra straps
- Have skin irritation beneath the crease of your breasts
- Have realistic expectations
Does a Breast Reduction Include a Breast Lift?
Yes. Lifting the breast is an integral component of the breast reduction procedure and is included in the operative planning. The overwhelming majority of women who wish to have their breasts reduced also require a lifting of the breast tissue and nipples to achieve an attractive result.
How is a Breast Reduction Done?
Reduction mammaplasty will take place either in a hospital or an outpatient surgical facility. During the surgery, you will be under general anesthesia.
The technique your surgeons will use to reduce your breast size may vary. They will either perform surgery through incisions or use liposuction to remove the excess fat. Generally though, the surgeon will make an incision around each areola and down the breast. From there, they will open up your breast and remove the excess fat, skin, and tissue.
Your surgeon will then reshape the breast and reposition the nipple and areola. The nipple and areola will typically remain attached to the breast, but in some cases might need to be removed completely and then reattached at a higher position using a skin graft. Your surgeon will make every effort to make your scars as inconspicuous as possible.
After a breast reduction, you may either recover at home, in an after-care facility with nurses, or in the hospital depending upon your needs. You will be up and walking the day of surgery with some discomfort and tightness in your chest.
The first evening, a large ace wrap will be applied to compress the tissue. A sports bra that buttons or zips in the front are generally the best dressing for the next few weeks as the tissue heals.
How Long is Recovery From Breast Reduction?
Generally patients are off of pain medication after a few days and back to work within a week or two. At 4 weeks, low-impact exercise is permissible followed by unrestricted activity after 6-8 weeks.
Although much of the swelling and bruising will disappear in the first few weeks, it may be six months to a year before your breasts completely settle into their new shape. Even then, their shape may fluctuate in response to your hormonal shifts, weight changes, and pregnancy.
Of all plastic surgery procedures, breast reduction results in the quickest body-image changes. You’ll be rid of the physical discomfort of large breasts, your body will look better proportioned, and clothes will fit you better.
Still, it’s important to remember that breast reduction scars are extensive and permanent. They often remain lumpy and red for months, then gradually become less obvious, sometimes eventually fading to thin white lines. Fortunately, the scars can usually be placed so that you can wear even low-cut tops.
However, as much as you may have desired these changes, you’ll need time to adjust to your new image. Be patient with yourself and keep in mind why you had this surgery. Chances are, like most women, you’ll be pleased with the results.
Contact Silhouette Plastic Surgery Institute For the Best Breast Reduction in Orange County
The Silhouette Plastic Surgery Institute is dedicated to offering a complete range of cosmetic and reconstructive surgical procedures, including reduction mammaplasty. Our surgeon, Dr. Hootan Daneshmand, provides the latest advances in reconstructive surgery in both Orange County and Bakersfield, California. If you’re considering a breast reduction or want to know more about your options, contact us today! To reach our Orange County location, call us at 949-359-8397. For our Bakersfield location, call 661-491-7673. You can also fill out our online contact form here.
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