A Basic Overview of Breast Reduction Surgery

Breast Reduction Surgery Orange County

breast-reduction surgery orange countyFE Plastic Surgery is a state of the art practice providing advanced breast surgery and other procedures for aesthetic as well as reconstructive purposes. The practice is headed by Dr. Farbod Esmailian, a double board certified plastic surgeon with expertise in procedures such as breast implants, breast lift and breast reduction, among others. Patients in Orange County, Newport Beach, Torrance, Los Alamitos, Long Beach, CA and nearby areas have an opportunity to receive outstanding, genuine, and salient treatments at Dr. Esmailian’s plastic surgery practice.


Reduction mammaplasty or breast reduction surgery is a procedure designed to reduce the size and volume of oversized breasts or macromastia. This condition of enlarged breasts is typically associated with health complications and painful physical symptoms caused due to the heavy weight of breasts. Macromastia or excessively large breasts can disrupt several body systems and potential cause obesity by reducing a patient’s ability to perform physical exercises and lead an active lifestyle.

Symptoms of macromastic include the following:

  • Numbness or tingling sensation in the hands
  • Persistent pain in the neck, back and shoulders
  • Deep grooves in shoulders due to stretched bra straps
  • Pain in the chest wall
  • Inconsistent sleep or insomnia
  • Unhealthy body posture
  • Headaches
  • Shortness of breath
  • Rashes between and under the breasts

Apart from the physical complications, macromastia can also disrupt the emotional well-being and a healthy lifestyle of the patient. Several restrictions may occur in physical activities due to excess breast tissue, and the patient may become self-conscious and emotionally distressed.

Benefits of Breast Reduction Surgery

Breast reduction surgery is the most effective treatment option to address the symptoms of macromastia. While procedures such as breast augmentation and breast lift are usually performed for aesthetic reasons, breast reduction surgery is primarily performed to treat the condition of macromastia. Dr. Esmailian is an experienced plastic surgeon for breast reduction, providing treatment to patients in and around Orange County, Newport Beach, Torrance, Los Alamitos, and Long Beach, CA.

Patients who have undergone breast reduction surgery generally report very high satisfaction levels as they receive lasting relief from the painful symptoms and complications arising from enlarged breasts. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) conducted a study that included participants who had receive breast reduction treatment six months ago. Ninety percent of women in the study rated the outcomes of the procedure as “good” or “very good.”

There have been other medical studies that have established the beneficial outcomes of breast reduction procedure. Some of the key benefits that patients usually report after this treatment include the following:

  • Relief from pain
  • Improved skeletal stability
  • Enhanced physical function
  • Improved lung function
  • Reduced frequency and intensity of headaches
  • Improved sleep
  • Better breast visualization during mammography


Just like breast augmentation or breast lift surgery, breast reduction surgery is also usually performed under general anesthesia. Dr. Esmailian performs this procedure for patients in Orange County, Newport Beach, Torrance, Los Alamitos, Long Beach, CA and surrounding communities on an outpatient basis in most cases. The procedure involves removal excess breast tissue, skin, and fat through a series of incisions. The following incision options are available:

  • Circular incision around the areola
  • Anchor-shaped incision
  • Racquet or keyhole shaped incision circling the areola and extending down to the breast crease

Following the incision, the plastic surgeon will reposition the nipple and lift and re-contour the breast shape, removing the excess breast tissue, and reducing the overall size and volume of the breasts.


The breasts will be wrapped in bandages or dressing, and a slender drain tube may be placed under each arm, following the breast reduction surgery. The patient may experience mild breast sensitivity and discomfort, and may have temporary swelling and bruising in the treated area. Most patients may need to take three to five days off from work to recover. Dr. Esmailian may provide pain relieving medication to his patients in and around Orange County, Newport Beach, Torrance, Los Alamitos, and Long Beach, CA to keep them comfortable during the recovery.

Each patient’s anatomy, extent of surgery, and healing ability is unique and the recovery period may vary accordingly. Patients should provide their body sufficient time to heal and allow the shift to take place from narcotic pain medication to over the counter pain relievers. The patient will need to wear a surgical bra for about one month following the surgery. Full and final shape of the breasts will become apparent within a few months, and signs of scarring will reduce with the passage of time.

For more information on procedures and treatments Plastic Surgeon, Dr Farbod Esmailian performs in and around Orange County, Newport Beach, Torrance, Los Alamitos, Long Beach, CA please visit:

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