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Opting for Smaller Breasts

Breast Reduction Encino CAIt seems the rest of the world is choosing to have larger breasts, as shown in the yearly increases in augmentation surgery procedures around the world. But for many women with overly large natural breasts, all they want is to get rid of the burden that their breasts can be. Physically and mentally, overly large breasts can take a toll on a woman.

Dr. Malamet performs breast reduction surgery to remove excess skin, tissue, and fat and bring a woman’s breast size more in line with her figure.

Why does a woman choose breast reduction?

Overly large breasts can be a real burden. The weight alone can cause back and neck pain, even leading to a hunched posture. Bra straps dig into the skin. The breasts can keep a woman from participating in certain types of exercise. And the undue attention they attract can make a woman avoid social situations.

What is breast reduction?

Dr. Malamet performs surgery to reduce the breasts, known clinically as reduction mammaplasty. The procedure involves the removal of excess skin, fat, and tissue from the breasts. The goal is to eliminate the physical and mental issues that large breasts can create, bringing the breasts down to a better size.

How is the procedure done?

Most cases of reduction mammaplasty involve an “anchor” incision. This incision circles the nipple-areolar complex, drops down vertically from the nipple to the crease at the bottom of the breast and then extends horizontally along the bottom of the breast. This incision may seem large, but it is necessary to access the amount of tissue needed. Excess breast tissue, fat, and skin are then removed. If the nipples are very large, Dr. Malamet will reduce their size and then move them upward to match the smaller, higher breasts. If the patient has a good deal of fatty tissue in her breasts, Dr. Malamet will include some liposuction with the surgery.

What is recovery like?

After reduction surgery, the patient will wear a surgical bra to decrease swelling and support the breasts. There will likely be drains at the base of both breasts. After the initial week, a support bra will need to be worn 24 hours a day for at least one month. Most patients can return to work in five days and resume most activities within one month. Strenuous exercise, particularly jogging or aerobics, will probably need to wait six weeks.

Had enough of your large breasts? Call Dr. Malamet at 818-380-3130 and schedule a consultation for breast reduction surgery.