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Downsizing Your Breasts

breast reductionThese days, it seems everyone wants to have larger breasts. That explains why breast augmentation was the most popular cosmetic surgery in the U.S. in 2014.

But not everyone is of that mindset. For some women, their breasts have become a true burden, causing back and neck pain, chafing, embarrassment, and a host of other problems. For these women, smaller breasts are the goal.

Breast reduction surgery with Dr. Malamet can deliver the results they seek.

Who could use breast reduction surgery?

Very large breasts are anything but desired by many women who have them. The excess weight can cause back and neck pain and damage. Bra straps dig into the shoulders. Finding clothing can be difficult. Overly large breasts can become a hindrance when pursuing certain sports and exercise routines. And the attention they merit is unwanted. This undue attention can make some women with very large breasts shun social interaction.

Breast reduction surgery is known as reduction mammaplasty. The procedure involves the removal of excess skin, fat, and tissue from the breasts. The end goal is to have breasts that are smaller, lighter, and proportional to the body.

The procedure

When Dr. Malamet performs reduction surgery it is an involved procedure with the patient under general anesthesia. As with most cosmetic surgeries, every case is unique, but Dr. Malamet usually opts to make an “anchor” incision around the nipple-areolar complex. The incision extends vertically below the nipple down to the breast crease and then horizontally along the bottom crease of the breast. The nipple-areolar complex is moved upward to the desired position and excess tissue and fat are removed. The entire procedure usually takes from two to four hours.

Sometimes, scarring can be minimized by using liposuction to remove the excess fat in the breasts. Obviously, this option is only a possibility if a woman has a good deal of fatty tissue in her breasts. Women with more glandular breasts cannot have liposuction alone.


Patients usually return home the same day of the surgery. A surgical bra will need to be worn for a couple weeks to provide support and decrease swelling, and a bra must be worn 24 hours a day for four to six weeks. Swelling can persist for up to eight weeks, and a patient’s final results won’t be fully realized until six months after surgery.

If it seems your overly large breasts are a burden you no longer want to live with, call Dr. Malamet at 818-380-3130 and set up a consultation on breast reduction surgery.