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Breast Reduction Surgery

Reduction Mammoplasty Surgical Procedure

Anita Patel MD Beverly Hills Breast Implant Removal & Replacement

Breast Reductions in Beverly Hills: What You Need to Know

Breast reduction is a procedure that is associated with both physical relief and cosmetic enhancement. There are many reasons why a patient would choose to undergo a breast reduction, or reduction mammoplasty. The surgery is generally performed to reduce the size of the breasts, improve the shape and nipple position, and lessen associated symptoms such as neck or back pain, shoulder grooving, and rashes below the breasts.

The breast reduction procedure results in smaller, lifted, more proportional breasts and lessening of (or resolution of) neck and back discomfort due to breast size. Many patients feel substantial mental and physical relief after undergoing the procedure, and are able to engage in a wider range of activities without discomfort, including exercise such as jogging or aerobics.

TREATMENT OVERVIEW

First, you will meet with Dr. Anita to share your concerns and discuss the results that you hope to achieve. This will be followed by a review of your medical history and a focused physical exam. Dr. Anita will then go over the risks and activity restrictions, and give you time to ask questions.Prior to the surgery, you will fill out consent forms.

Breast reductions involve the removal of excess breast tissue above the nipple, and the reduction of areola size to stay proportionate with the smaller breast size. While the skin of the breast will be tightened to suit the smaller breast size, the underlying muscle is unaffected. The nipple is not removed, but rotated upward to a higher position on the breast mound, enhancing the breast shape and creating a lifted, more youthful, appearance.

There are many different techniques for breast reduction, and they vary mainly in where the remaining breast tissue gets its blood supply. Breast reduction surgery typically involves an “anchor” type scar that circles the areola and moves down to the breast crease, and along the crease (inframammary fold).

General anesthesia will be administered for this surgery and we recommend that you arrange to have someone drive you to and from the surgery appointment.

Length of Surgery

4 hours.

Anesthesia

Anesthesia

General

Post-op Activity

Walking same day is encouraged. Avoid strenuous activity for 6 weeks.

Return to work

1 week

Please Note: These are general estimates that may or may not apply to you individually.

FINANCING AVAILABLE

Payments for nonsurgical treatments are made prior to or on the date of service, and payments for surgery are required to be paid in full 3 weeks prior to the surgical date.

We accept all major credit cards, debit cards, cash, and cashier checks. We also work with two third-party financing companies, Care Credit and Alphaeon Credit. You can find more information and apply for credit online using the links below.

STEP BY STEP PROCESS

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AT THE CLINIC

During your consultation, Dr. Anita will take time to learn more about your motivations and goals, understand your concerns, and discuss the treatment in detail. She will go through your medical history and perform a physical exam in order to determine the best plan to reach your goals, and make sure you are a good candidate for surgery.

THE SURGERY

The day of surgery, Dr. Anita will meet with you in the preoperative area, review the planned procedure, and mark the surgical site. This is also a time you can go over any additional questions you may have prior to surgery. Breast tissue that is removed is typically sent for pathology evaluation.

POST-SURGERY

After surgery, you will be provided with postoperative care instructions, and instructions for follow-up. Dr. Anita will see you for the first postoperative visit 1-2 days after surgery and place you in a post-surgical bra, with an additional visit the week after for drain removal if appropriate. Additional postop visits are typically spaced at 2 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months, and 1 year after surgery.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does a breast reduction work?

Breast reductions involve removing excess breast tissue, and tightening the skin to suit the smaller breast size. They typically involve reducing the areola size to stay proportionate with the smaller breast size. There are many different techniques for breast reduction, and they vary mainly in where the remaining breast tissue gets its blood supply.

What happens during breast reduction surgery?

During a breast reduction surgery, the excess breast tissue is removed according to the surgical technique chosen by the surgeon. The underlying muscle is not affected, and the nipple is not removed. Rather, it is simply left attached to the breast tissue and rotated north to its new position on the smaller breast mound, with the skin tightened around it.

Do I need a breast reduction?

The main symptoms leading women to seek a breast reduction are neck pain, upper/mid back pain, shoulder grooving from bra straps, rashes below the breasts from skin-on-skin irritation, inability to find properly fitting clothing, exercise or activity limitations due to discomfort from the breast size, and/or embarrassment or dissatisfaction with a large breast size. Sometimes it is simply a matter of aesthetic preference.

Is breast reduction painful?

Breast reduction surgery, as with any surgery, will involve some temporary pain or soreness in the early postoperative period. To minimize this pain, numbing medication may be injected to the area during surgery, and once it wears off, oral pain medication may be used for the first few days after surgery, and then tapered off.

Is breast reduction surgery safe?

Breast reduction surgery is generally safe. As with any surgery, there are certain risks to understand before deciding on surgery.

How long does it take to recover from breast reduction surgery?

Walking is encouraged the same day as surgery, and most patients are back to work in a week. It is recommended to wait 6 weeks to resume full exercise, and to wear a supportive bra when resuming workouts.

How much do breast reductions cost?

Breast reduction costs can vary depending on whether or not one is a candidate for insurance to cover part of the costs. To provide you with accurate pricing information, we invite you to book a complimentary Pre-Consult Phone Call with our Patient Care Coordinator by calling 310-205-0212. During that phone call, important information will be discussed and ballpark pricing will be provided.

Does insurance cover breast reduction surgery?

Breast reduction surgery may be a covered benefit by some insurance plans. Each insurance company has specific criteria that must be met in order to qualify for coverage, and obtain an approval or pre-authorization. Even when authorized, there is no guarantee of insurance payment, and payment may be contingent upon the amount of breast tissue removed.

Client Reviews

" Dear Dr. Patel, June, and Zuny. Thank you so much for your kindness and compassion with me during and after my accident. I feel as though you saved me from disfigurement and I am SO grateful... Thank you for making my accident easer to put in the past. All my best. "

E.J.

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S.R.

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G.D.

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T.V.

" I would like to say that Dr. Patel and her medical and office staff are professional and courteous. From my initial consultation visit until the present which is post-surgery 3 months. They smile and look you in the eye. They make you feel comfortable enough to express your true desire for your appearance and they sincerely endeavor to give to you the closest possible result. Dr. Patel and her team took such good care of me. She anticipated my needs and was attentive to my wound care and pain maintenance. I am pleased with my tummy and thighplasty. I am looking forward to next year when I continue with a breast reduction and lift and upper arms. "

O.A.

" Dr. Patel and her staff are absolutely AMAZING!!! After having my lap-band in 2009, I was ready to get rid of my loose skin for good! I decided to have a tummy tuck and a thigh lift. =) I met with 5 different surgeons before I was referred to Dr. Anita Patel. She was finally the one!!!! Her assistant Jenny is just as amazing as she is!!! I was super nervous about having these two procedures done, but I had Dr. Patel and Jenny right there the whole way!!! They went above and beyond to meet all of my concerns. =) I had my surgeries 11 days ago and I am super happy with my results so far!!! I can't wait to see them when I am fully recovered! I will be having a breast lift/augmentation next! Everyone from the front desk to the operating room are just AMAZING!!!! "

V.J.

" Dr. Patel made me so comfortable. She is absolutely amazing and I would recommend her to everyone! "

D.B.

" I had my lap band surgery three years ago now I was ready for my tummy tuck. But from the horror stories I heard I kept putting it off. I went to see two other doctors and wasn't happy, until I met Dr. Patel and her amazing staff. The first day I met them I knew I wanted her to be the one to do my surgery for me. Everyone was fantastic from Dr. Patel's staff to the after care. "

M.M.

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A.S.

" Dr. Patel is a great Doctor. From the very first phone call with Jenny, Dr. Patel's Coordinator, I felt very comfortable. When I went for the 1st appointment in Newport Beach, I was very impressed with the professionalism of Dr. Patel and Jenny. They took time discussing the procedures and options and put my mind at ease. I had a Tummy Tuck and Breast Lift with Implants. The surgery day went great and I am so happy with the results. I would recommend her to my family and friends and will use her for any future cosmetic surgeries I may have. Thank you Dr. Patel!! "

C.C.

" Dr. Patel is absolutely amazing! I interviewed many surgeons and no one could touch her compassionate, genuine personality. Dr. Patel takes her time during the consultation, you are never rushed. She is very detailed when explaining the procedures, prep and recovery. She is real... not pretentious, no inflated ego and zero God complex. Dr. Patel cares about every person who takes the time to come to her clinic. Throughout my pre-op, surgery and post-op Dr. Patel's exceptional care was displayed without waiver. I would HIGHLY recommend anyone considering the services of a PS to contact her... it will be worth your time. Thank you Dr. Patel!!!!! "

A.V.

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A.K.

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M.V.

" Dr. Patel, Jenny, Nicole, and staff, I have enjoyed every moment with each of you and I thank you again for making the entire process of my surgery at Rox Surgery Center such a joy and success. You're all the best!!... "

V.W.

" You are an amazing surgeon I am so glad I found you. I am more than happy with the results. It is better than I could have ever imagined. Your staff Jenny and nurse Zarina were so caring and made me feel comfortable with the whole process... Thank you so much... "

K.S.

" There really isn't a way to explain what this surgery has meant to me. It is the final step of a really long and hard emotional journey... From the bottom of my heart thank you for making me look like I feel. Your talent is amazing!... "

C.L.

" I was extremely happy with everyone. The whole staff was helpful and very personable. Dr. Patel you are amazing!!... I would recommend you to anyone looking for a breast augmentation. Thank you!! Thank you!! Thank you!!... "

V.M.

" Thank you and your staff so much for making me feel so special and taking such good care of me. I can tell you love what you do... "

C.B.

I just wanted to thank you for taking such great care of me before, during, and after my surgery. It meant a lot to know I wasn't just another patient coming through. I'll actually miss seeing you once all is said and done!... "

N.H.

" I've wanted to do this my whole life. Thank you for being so kind and holding my hand through this experience. I am so grateful I found you... "

D.W.

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S.P.

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N.A.

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L.G.



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