Introduction to Breast Reduction

At our practice in Newport Beach, Breast reduction is a popular procedure performed for a variety of reasons. Some women may not like having large breasts for aesthetic purposes or may find them difficult to deal with due to clothing restrictions. Others may experience chronic joint and muscle pain or other medical issues due to the size of their breasts. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Sundine is an Orange County breast reduction specialist and looks forward to becoming part of your journey and helping you meet your aesthetic desires.

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The Benefits of Breast Reduction

Breast reduction will alter the size of your breasts if you think they are too large and not in proportion to your body. Abnormally large breasts are usually hereditary and can cause a range of problems, including low self-esteem and physical discomforts such as shoulder and back pain. In some cases, large breasts that sag may also cause skin rashes. Dr. Sundine performs both male and female breast reduction surgery to deliver aesthetically pleasing results and alleviate any physical discomfort associated with enlarged breasts. For more information on breast reduction surgery in Newport Beach, please read the paragraphs below. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Sundine, please contact us today.

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Who Is a Candidate for Breast Reduction Surgery?

The best candidates for breast reduction surgery are healthy women who are experiencing physical discomfort and/or emotional distress due to abnormally large breasts. However, breast reduction surgery candidates should not be extremely overweight, because weight gain and loss can affect the size of the breasts. Breast reduction surgery can also be performed on men who suffer from a condition known as gynecomastia (enlarged male breasts). If you’re interested in a male breast reduction, also referred to as gynecomastia, please visit our dedicated page on the procedure. A consultation with Dr. Sundine will help you determine whether you are a good candidate for breast reduction surgery.

What to do Before Breast Reduction Surgery

The first step to breast reduction surgery is becoming knowledgeable about the procedure. Hopefully, the information provided will be able to answer most questions. The next step will be to book a consultation with Dr. Sundine. During the consultation, he’ll provide his recommendations and answer all of your questions. It’s very important that you are upfront and honest about your aesthetic goals and any pre-existing conditions. Great communication with your surgeon leads to the best results.

Dr. Sundine and the caring office staff will then give you pre-opt instructions and book your surgery. Your breast reduction will be performed in Orange County by Dr. Sundine. This surgery in particular is very rewarding as the procedure can feel life-changing for many of our patients.

The Breast Reduction Procedure in Newport Beach

Your Newport Beach Breast Reduction will be performed by Dr. Michael Sundine in Orange County. Breast reduction is always performed under general anesthesia at a local hospital or accredited surgery center. Your time in the operating room may be anywhere from two to four hours. The procedure involves the removal of excess breast tissue and skin. In order to accomplish this, Dr. Sundine makes an incision that starts around the areola and extends vertically down to the fold of the breast. This allows him to trim excess tissue and lift the breasts to a higher position on the chest. If you have very large breasts, nipple surgery may be performed in conjunction with breast reduction in order to reduce the size of the areolas. Lastly, the incisions are closed with sutures and surgical garments are placed around the chest.

Recovering from Breast Reduction Surgery

Immediately after surgery, you will feel sore and numb. Your breasts will be wrapped in surgical garments and you will be kept at Dr. Sundine’s recovery center for observation, but you may go home later that day. At home, you will be advised to rest and refrain from any physical activities. You will experience mild discomfort, which is treated with pain medicine. You may also experience a loss of sensation, which returns over time. You will be able to return to work within one to two weeks, depending on the nature of your job. You will not be able to lift heavy objects or exercise for up to three months, so plan accordingly. Dr. Sundine may also ask you to wear a postoperative bra for an extended period of time. Routine follow-up care will be provided to you by Dr. Sundine.

The Expertise of Dr. Sundine

Dr. Michael J. Sundine is a Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon that patients trust to deliver excellent care and remarkable aesthetic results. He has provided many breast surgeries over years for breast lift, breast augmentation, and breast reconstruction. As a renowned plastic surgeon, he also specializes in facial plastic surgery such as rhinoplasty, facelift, and eyelid surgery in Newport Beach. It’s critical that when choosing a breast reduction surgeon, that you pay attention to his credentials, education, training, and experience. As a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive training, Dr. Sundine is an unparalleled choice in Orange County.

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How Much Does Breast Reduction Cost in Newport Beach?

Breast reduction in Newport Beach is a highly personalized surgery. Dr. Sundine carefully crafts a custom procedure based on the information provided during the consultation so that he can provide you with your ideal results. Financing options are available which can make the payment more manageable for our patients.

Schedule Your Consultation

If you are interested in our Newport Beach breast reduction and would like to know if you’re a good candidate for the procedure, contact our office today to schedule a consultation. Dr. Sundine has provided the surgery for numerous women in all areas of Orange County and can address any questions or concerns you may have about the breast reduction procedure.

Breast Reduction FAQs

Your Breast Reduction Questions Answered

Is Breast Reduction Surgery Permanent?

Yes, the surgery is permeant. However, there are factors that can increase the size of your breasts over time, such as:

  • Gaining weight
  • Becoming Pregnant
  • Aging
  • If the patient develops new breast fat or tissue

How Long Does Breast Reduction Surgery Take?

The surgery time can vary, but typically the operation takes between two and four hours.

Does a Breast Reduction Leave Scars?

With many surgeries, scarring is unavoidable. However, by choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon, like Dr. Michael J. Sundine, he will be able to minimize the scars so that they are barely noticeable.

Post-Operative Instructions

After breast reduction surgery, it is important for you to have someone available to stay with you for the first 24-48 hours, as you will be weak and drowsy. After the operation, you may need help the first few times that you get out of bed. It’s vital to get out of bed early and often after your surgery (with assistance) to prevent postoperative issues. Activity will reduce the risk of blood clots in your leg veins. Please take deep breaths frequently to keep your lungs clear (15-20 per hour). You should elevate your head and shoulders about 30 degrees (two pillows) and keep your knees slightly flexed.

We recommend a light diet after the surgery. You should start by drinking liquids slowly and then progress to soups or Jell-O. The following day you can go back to your normal diet.

Medication & Antibiotics: Please take the pain medication only if you have pain. Take it with crackers, Jell-O, etc. You should only need it the first 2-3 days after surgery or as prescribed. Take the antibiotics as directed until they are completed. It’s vital that you take antibiotics to prevent infection.

No Smoking: DO NOT SMOKE after your breast reduction surgery. This is very important as smoking causes vasoconstriction and impedes healing.

For the first 72 hours keep your arm movements to a minimum. Your arms should not be used to support your body or lift anything heavy. Do not push with your arms to lift yourself in bed. Keep your arms as close to your body as possible.

Frequently small drains are used to draw off any accumulating fluid after breast reduction surgery. The bulb should be collapsed at all times. The fluid will need to be removed from the bulb every 3 hours. Please keep a record of what time and how much fluid is emptied from the bulb. Bring this record with you to the office appointment. Usually drains are removed 24 hours after surgery. The drains will not be removed if you have drained more than 30 ccs within a 24-hour period.

Dressing: Your initial dressing will be a padded breast dressing which will stay in place for one week. Please sponge bathe while the breast dressing is in place. You will change to a sports bra one week postoperatively. You should avoid an underwire bra for 4-6 weeks.

*Do not submerge yourself in a bath, swimming pool, whirlpool, or ocean for 2 weeks.

Begin massage of the incision scars two weeks after the surgery. They can be massaged with vitamin E, aloe vera, or moisturizing cream. You may also purchase a cream to help minimize scarring, please ask our nurse if you are interested.

*Call our office if you have any questions, if any problems should arise, or if you have been having any signs or symptoms of infection (redness, fever, drainage).

Professional Memberships:

American Society of Plastic Surgeons
American College of Surgeons-Fellow
American Academy of Pediatrics-Fellow
International Society of Craniofacial Surgeons
American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons
American Cleft Palate- Craniofacial Association
American Association of Pediatric Plastic Surgeons
California Society of Plastic Surgeons
Orange County Society of Plastic Surgeons
American Association of Plastic Surgery

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    I gave Dr. Sundine the highest possible review in each category because he truly deserved the highest reviews on every level. I am a very well recognized lawyer on the West Coast. My firm has spent millions of dollars on television advertising in which I appear. I could not afford to have a bad face lift or even for people to notice I had a face lift at all. I interviewed many physicians including some of the “celebrity” physicians. Ultimately, I chose Dr. Sundine because he performs highly complex complete facial reconstruction procedures on children. I figured if he was so skilled that he could perform such incredibly difficult procedures on a child, I was confident he could perform a face lift with which I would be happy. The results were so far beyond my expectations that I could hardly believe. I look literally ten years younger. I am incredibly happy with the results and they seem to get better and better as the healing continues. I never had a problem getting a return call or making an appointment. Dr. Sundine is always pleasant and answers all of my questions. I would recommend him to anyone!!!

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    I was referred to Dr Sundine by the Pelican Hill Resort while I was a guest there and I suffered serious facial injuries from a mountain biking incident. Dr Sundine and his staff were concerned and caring and extremely qualified. the work performed by Dr Sundine on my face is simpl astounding. I was so impressed with the quality of care and results I received that I have had additional voluntary facila work performed by Dr Sundine. My wife and some friends have also become patients of Dr Sundine's with the same results. It is a difficult decision to entrust someone to repair and maintain one's appearance. I trust Dr Sundine.
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  • "Thanks, Dr. Sundine!"

    After much research and multiple visits to other surgeons, I knew right away that Dr. Sundine was the perfect choice for me. He is gentle and kind and genuinely listens to you. I felt completely confident in his ability from the first visit to the last. Even the day of the procedure, he spent ample time talking to me, taking measurements, and making marks on my body so as to get the perfect results. I have been singing his praises to all of my friends and will recommend him to anyone searching for a plastic surgeon. Thanks, Dr. Sundine!

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  • "Excellent Plastic Surgeon!"

    Dr. Sundine is an excellent plastic surgeon! I have been using his services for almost 5 years. The office setting is state of the art and his office manager Toni makes sure that everything runs efficiently. They really listen to your needs before and after surgery to make certain that you walk out fully satisfied. If you want to look years younger and fully refreshed I highly recommend that you use his services. This is not your typical Newport Beach plastic surgeon’s office. Patients walk out looking naturally gorgeous, not overdone like some of the women in Orange County! The office offers a full range of injectables, peels, and lasers in addition to major cosmetic surgery procedures. Whether you need a little tweak or surgery this is the physician that you should see!
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  • "You are the Best Surgeon!"

    Dr. Sundine is the best plastic surgeon. Dr. Sundine’s excellent skills and knowledge has made my surgery turn out so well. But more importantly, it made me feel better about myself. Again, thank you Dr. Sundine for all you have done for me. You are the best surgeon!
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