Breast Reduction Newport Beach
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 discomfort 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 his office at 949 706 3100.
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). A consultation with Dr. Sundine will help you determine whether you are a good candidate for breast reduction surgery. If you are a male with enlarged breasts, please visit our page on male breast reduction.
The Breast Reduction Procedure in Newport Beach
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 three 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 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.
Dr. Michael Sundine is a plastic surgeon Newport Beach patients trust to deliver excellent care and remarkable aesthetic results. He has treated many breast surgery patients, including breast lift and breast augmentation Orange County patients. He also specializes in facial plastic surgery such as nose surgery, face lift and eyelid lift in Newport Beach.
Breast Reduction/Mastopexy After Care Instructions
Postoperative InstructionsAfter 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. You may require help the first few times you get out of bed.
It is important to get out of bed early and often after your surgery (with assistance) to prevent postoperative problems. This activity will greatly reduce the risk of blood clots in your leg veins. Please take deep breaths frequently to keep your lungs clear (15-20 per hour). Keep your head elevated about 30 degrees (two pillows) with the knees slightly flexed.
After surgery it is best to go to bed and elevate your head and shoulders on at least 2 pillows.
A light diet is best after surgery. Begin by taking liquids slowly and progress to soups or Jell-O. You may start a regular diet the next day.
Please take the pain medication only if you have pain. Take it with crackers, Jell-O, etc. You should need it the first 2-3 days after surgery as prescribed. Take the antibiotics as directed until they are completed. It is very important you take the antibiotics to prevent infection.
DO NOT SMOKE. This is very important. 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 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 cc within a 24-hour period.
Your initial dressing will be a padded breast dressing. This will stay in place for one week. Sponge bathe while the breast dressing is in place. You will change to a sports bra one week postoperatively. 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). 949-706-3100 (Irvine Office) or 949-677-5845 (Dr. Sundine’s cell).