While breasts are a prominent feature of a woman’s body, they can be overbearing if they are too large. Many women suffer from overly large breasts that affect their comfort as well as their appearance. There are a number of musculoskeletal issues that can come from large breasts, such as back pain, neck pain and poor posture. Dr. Esmailian is a specialist breast reduction surgeon in Orange County, allowing women to enjoy a life free from cumbersome mammaries. Some related procedures include breast augmentation and breast lift surgery.
BREAST REDUCTION OVERVIEW
Breast reduction, otherwise known as reduction mammoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure to remove tissue, fat and skin from the breasts when these have become excessive. Many women choose to have a breast reduction to relieve discomfort that comes from the weight and size of their breasts. Other women may receive a breast reduction to improve the proportion of their breasts to the rest of their body. In any case, candidates for breast reduction surgery will experience a boost in their quality of life following the procedure.
If you are considering a breast reduction, you will need more than the information on this website. It is recommended that you set an appointment with breast reduction surgeon Farbod Esmailian so you can get all the information needed for your unique case to ensure you receive the best breast reduction Orange County has available. This consultation will allow you to make an educated decision.
BREAST REDUCTION PROCEDURE
Once our board-certified anesthesiologist applies the anesthesia, Dr. Esmailian will begin the breast reduction procedure. The first step is the incision. In breast reduction, the shape of the incision will depend upon the amount of tissue to be removed and patient preference. During your consultation period, Dr. Esmailian will thoroughly review the incision options so you can make an informed decision.
Incision options for breast reduction include:
- A circular incision that traces the outer edge of the areola
- A lollipop incision, which circles the areola and goes straight down to the breast fold
- An anchor incision, which goes down the front to the breast fold and up either side of the fold
Once the incision is made, Dr. Esmailian can remove the underlying breast tissue. He uses expert techniques to lift and shape the remaining tissue so that the breasts sit higher on the chest. Each step of the procedure will be done exactly as the two of you have discussed.
Once Dr. Esmailian is satisfied with the amount and shape of the underlying tissue, he will close the incision. The first step is using sutures below the surface to support the newly reduced breast structure. He will then close the outer skin with precise sutures that produce minimal scarring.
Once the surgery is over, the results are immediately clear. As weeks pass, the breast will settle into its new shape and the scars will fade. Dr. Esmailian will request that you come back in for follow-up appointments so he can check on the healing process.
A PREMIER BREAST REDUCTION SURGEON IN ORANGE COUNTY – DR. ESMAILIAN
As a premier breast reduction surgeon in Orange County, Dr. Esmailian has the knowledge and experience to help women achieve their goals in breast reduction. His care and empathy are crucial to understanding the needs of his patients. Please call us today to schedule your initial consultation for breast reduction in Orange County.
ABOUT YOUR BREAST REDUCTION SURGERY
Many women in Orange County who have extremely large breasts have to limit their activities and are unhappy with their overall appearance. For these women, finding clothes that fit properly can be nearly impossible, they have permanent grooves where their bra straps sit, poor posture because they try to compensate for the size of their breasts; furthermore, they suffer with persistent shoulder, neck and back pain. In severe cases, women can have numbness and tingling in their hands. All of these issues can be addressed with a breast reduction surgery with Orange County Plastic surgeon, Dr. Farbod Esmailian.
BREAST REDUCTION HELPS WOMEN WITH EXTREMELY LARGE BREASTS
Dr. Farbod Esmailian is a board-certified plastic surgeon who performs breast reduction procedures to help women (and men) who want to reduce the size of their breasts. The goal of a breast reduction is to make the breast size proportionate to the patient’s body; thus, decreasing the physical issues and limitations caused by exceptionally large breasts in women and helping men feel more confident about their appearance. Breast reduction surgery is life changing, not only helping patients in a physical manner, but also mentally as well.
INSURANCE COMPANIES COVER BREAST REDUCTION SURGERY
Although there are no regulations stating how large breasts must be to warrant a breast reduction, insurance companies frequently cover surgery for women displaying symptoms of macromastia. Macromastia is the medical term for large breasts.
There are several aspects that insurance company reviewers look at to determine if the procedure will be covered by the insurance plan. At the time of the initial visit at Dr. Esmailian’s Orange County plastic surgery office, photos will be taken as well as measurement and a history. All of the information is submitted to the insurance company and the reviewer will determine if this is part of the policy and if it is medically necessary.
SYMPTOMS OF MACROMASTIA CAN INCLUDE:
- Difficulty Sleeping
- Shoulder Grooving
- Neck Pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Back Pain
- Trouble Exercising
- Lack of Confidence/Low Self Esteem (In Intimate and Social Situations)
FOLLOWING BREAST REDUCTION, PATIENTS CAN BE MORE ACTIVE
According to David B. Sarwer, PhD, who is a psychology professor and consultant for Human Appearance at Perelman School of Medicine in Pennsylvania, patients who have breast reductions tend to be very satisfied with the results. Sarwer believes the procedure profoundly impacts the way a patient feels; in addition, after a breast reduction, patients can participate in activities that they previously had to avoid.
BREAST REDUCTION OUTCOME STUDY
A Breast Reduction Outcome Study involving 73 patients finds that a breast reduction offers women numerous benefits:
- 93 percent of the respondents reported an improvement in the way their breasts looked
- 85 percent noticed an increase in their self-esteem
- 84 percent had better posture
- 77 percent increased their activity level
- 31 percent reported improved intimate relationships; whereas, 65 percent reported no change
Prior to the breast reduction, only 9 percent of the patients were free of back pain; however, following the breast reduction, 59 percent of the patients were free of back pain. Ninety-five percent of the patients felt that having a breast reduction was the perfect solution to their problem.
DETAILS OF BREAST REDUCTION SURGERY
The procedure is performed as an outpatient surgery. Depending on how large of a reduction is being performed, the surgery may take 3-4 hours to be completed. Patients are sent home with a surgical bra in place, which may be removed in 48 hours to shower. All the sutures that are placed are internal and there is no need for removal. There are drains that are placed which will be removed at the first postoperative follow up. The results are evident immediately with relief of the discomfort and the weight. Most patients resume full activity in 4 weeks. Patients are usually instructed to wear a regular bra in 2 months and the final result may take 3-4 months to be evident.
If your breasts are affecting your ability to remain active and causing you to feel insecure about your appearance,contact Dr. Farbod Esmailian’s office in Orange County today.
MEN WITH GYNECOMASTIA CAN ALSO BENEFIT FROM BREAST REDUCTION PROCEDURES
Gynecomastia is a condition that causes swelling of the breast tissue in boys and men. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, nearly 30,000 men with gynecomastia had procedures performed to reduce the size of their breasts. Dr. Esmailian performs breast reduction procedures to help men who have gynecomastia.