Breast Reduction (Reduction Mammaplasty) near Los Angeles, CA – Adam Kinal MD
A breast reduction – also known as a mammaplasty – is a surgical procedure used to remove excessive breast tissue and achieve a smaller breast size. Disproportionately large breasts can cause insecurity in one’s appearance, as well as back pain and other physical discomfort. Women in South Florida who desire a smaller breast can consult with Dr. Kinal about Breast reduction surgery.
What you should know before your breast reduction surgery
Be prepared to discuss:
- Why you want the surgery, your expectations and desired outcome
- Medical conditions, drug allergies and medical treatments
- Use of current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drugs
- Previous surgeries
- Family history of breast cancer and results of any mammograms or previous biopsies
Your surgeon may also:
- Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
- Examine your breasts, and may take detailed measurements of their size and shape, skin quality, placement of your nipples and areolas
- Take photographs for your medical record
- Discuss your options and recommend a course of treatment
- Discuss likely outcomes of your breast reduction procedure and any risks or potential complications
- Discuss the use of anesthesia during your procedure for breast reduction
Your Surgeon will discuss with you the different and best options for your surgery
The different methods of reduction include:
Preparing for breast reduction surgery
Prior to surgery, you may be asked to:
- Get lab testing or a medical evaluation
- Take certain medications or adjust your current medications
- Get a baseline mammogram before surgery and another one after surgery to help detect any future changes in your breast tissue
- Stop smoking well in advance of breast reduction surgery
- Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding
Instructions we will provide for you to follow:
- What to do on the day of surgery
- Post-operative care and follow-up
You’ll need help
If your breast reduction procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you to and from surgery, and to stay with you the following night.
CRITICAL PRE-OP CAUTIONARY NOTE
It is absolutely essential that that you avoid all aspirin, aspirin-related, ibuprofen or blood-thinning medications for 2 full weeks prior to your surgery. In your pre-op consultation, we will give you a complete list of these drugs.
In person and in your post-op information packet, we shall explain everything you need to know for your aftercare at home.
When your breast reduction procedure is complete, dressings or bandages will be applied to the incisions. An elastic bandage or support bra may be worn to minimize swelling and support the breasts as they heal.
A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect.
You will be given specific instructions for breast reduction recovery that may include:
- how to care for your breasts following breast reduction surgery,
- medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the risk of infection,
- specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health,
- when to follow up with your surgeon.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for a breast reduction?
You may be a candidate for breast reduction surgery if you are bothered by the size of your breasts or experience musculoskeletal pain in association with your breast size. Breast reductions produce the best results when performed on breasts that are fully developed. Only non-smoking women who are in good physical health should undergo a mammaplasty. Your surgeon can help you determine whether breast reduction is right for you.
What should I expect during a breast reduction procedure?
Prior to your procedure, you’ll consult with your surgeon to ensure that you have realistic expectations concerning your outcome. You’ll undergo pre-operative lab work and be instructed to avoid food and drinks on the day of your procedure. While you are under general anesthesia, your doctor will either perform liposuction or remove excess tissue, fat and skin from incisions in your breasts. Your nipple will also be repositioned and if necessary, the size of your areola reduced. Every effort will be made to keep the nipple connected to the original blood vessels and nerves.
Will I need to follow any special post-operative instructions after my breast reduction?
When you awaken from surgery, your breasts will be wrapped in bandages to cover incisions and minimize swelling. You may need to wear a support bra temporarily until your breasts heal. Be sure to follow the post-operative instructions provided to you, including the use of prescribed medications and avoidance of forceful activities in the weeks immediately following the procedure.