Breast Reduction

Liposuction Breast Reduction by Los Angeles Breast Surgeon Dr. Peter Fodor

Anesthesia

On the cutting edge and preferred by Dr. Fodor is TIVA, which is a combination of the two. It diminishes bleeding and post-operative nausea. Dr. Fodor has used this method for many years.

Breast Reduction surgery is generally recommended for women experiencing problems associated with very large and heavy breasts. Excessive breast size can be associated with a decreased sense of attractiveness and self-confidence.

Medical conditions often associated with large and heavy breasts include back and neck pain, skin irritation, skeletal deformities, shoulder indentations from bra straps, and poor posture. The goal of breast reduction surgery is to provide a woman with better shaped breasts that are proportional to the rest of her body, while improving or elimination of the health problems associated with huge and heavy breasts.

Am I a candidate for breast reduction?

Candidates for breast reduction surgery are women who are not massively overweight but who have very large, pendulous breasts that cause them physical discomfort. Breast reduction can be performed at any age, but Dr. Fodor usually recommends waiting until breast development is complete.

Although many women elect to proceed with breast reduction surgery before they have had children, the results of surgery may be altered by pregnancy, weight gain, and breast feeding. Candidates who anticipate having children at some time after surgery must understand and accept that nipple sensation may change and the ability to breast feed may be impaired. However, with the most commonly performed techniques by Dr. Fodor, usually normal and reasonably normal nipple sensation and the ability to breast feed will be maintained.

Types of Breast Reduction

Various techniques are available for breast reduction. Most women want breasts that are well shaped and symmetrical, even if it means that incisions must be placed to achieve the desired result. Since all patients present with different situations and cosmetic goals, there are different options available to help reduce breast size.

 

  • Traditional Breast Reduction – The most common breast reduction surgery involves the inverted T incision, also known as the anchor incision. This is the most common breast reduction method to reduce breast volume and enhance shape. This method involves an incision around the areola, a vertical incision extending from the areola to the breast crease, and another incision expanding the length of the breast crease. The resulting incisions resemble a “keyhole” appearance until sewn together after excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin are removed. The nipple remains attached to its blood supply and is elevated into the “keyhole” area to lift into a more attractive position.

 

  • Limited Incision Breast Reduction – Limited incision techniques for breast reduction may involve an incision around the areola (Periareolar technique), eliminating both the vertical and horizontal incision; or around the areola and vertically down the lower portion of the breast (vertical technique), eliminating the horizontal incision in the breast crease.

 

  • Liposuction Only Breast Reduction – For carefully selected patients, liposuction of the breast may be effective (lipoplasty-only breast reduction, or LOBR), leaving only very small and barely detectable scar. This “scar-less” breast reduction is further detailed below.

Breast Reduction & Lipo Only Breast Reduction Consultation

During your breast reduction consultation with Dr. Fodor, he will examine your breasts and evaluate variables that may affect the procedure, such as your age, skin condition, size of your breasts, and the shape of your breasts. Photographs may be taken for your medical records. Dr. Fodor will discuss the options available to you and, considering your needs and goals, help you make the best decision.

During this consultation, Dr. Fodor will need to review your entire medical history, including any medications you may be currently taking, whether you suffer from allergies or medical conditions, and if you have had any prior surgeries.

Preparing for Breast Reduction Surgery

Dr. Fodor and his staff will give you instructions about how to prepare for your surgery. Please note that smoking and nicotine use can have a profoundly negative effect on blood flow and therefore healing.

Dr. Fodor will also give you guidelines on eating, drinking and medications, such as avoiding aspirin or anti-inflammatory medications that promote bleeding.

Breast reduction surgery will not increase your risk of developing breast cancer. However, depending on your age and other factors, Dr. Fodor will recommend a mammogram before surgery.

Breast reduction surgery is performed in an outpatient facility. You should arrange to have someone drive you to and from surgery and to stay will you for a day or two after surgery.

“The most minimally invasive, and in my opinion still highly underutilized, technique is lipoplasty-only breast reduction (LOBR). Rapid recovery, virtually undetectable scars, and no sensory changes or loss of ability to breast feed are some of the major advantages. Though not all women seeking breast reduction are good candidates for LOBR, I believe this approach could be selected for many more patients. In women for whom nipple/areola position is not sufficiently improved through LOBR, a lift procedure of a lesser magnitude then previously would have been necessary can be carried out at a later time. LOBR also serves well for the older patient group, many of whom for health or other reasons prefer to have a smaller operation, even with the trade-off of some residual droopiness.” – Dr. Peter B. Fodor

Breast Reduction Recovery

Breast reduction surgery is performed under general anesthesia, and you will sleep throughout the entire procedure. Following surgery, your breasts will be covered with gauze dressings, and you will be placed in a compression garment. The garment is vital to controlling bleeding and swelling following surgery. Do not remove this garment until Dr. Fodor instructs you to.

Although you may be encouraged to spend short periods of time out of bed the day after surgery and will be able to move around more freely within several days, you must avoid any straining, bending, or lifting that might increase swelling or cause bleeding.

  • Pain from Breast Reduction – You will probably feel some pain for the first few days, particularly will you move around or if you cough. Some discomfort will persist for a week or more, and Dr. Fodor will prescribe medication to help control the pain.
  • Breast Reduction Scars – Incision sites will remain reddish or pink in color for several months. Although many patients find that their scars fade and eventually become only thin white lines, other patients do not heal as well, and their scars may become wide and raised. How your scars will finally appear cannot be predicted before surgery. Therefore, it is important to protect your incisions from any sun exposure for one year following surgery. Dr. Fodor will be following your healing and directing you as to the care of your incisions to help them heal well.
  • Nipple Sensation – You will likely notice a loss of sensation in your nipples and areola areas. This numbness is usually temporary. However, it may take several weeks, months, or a full year until feeling returns to normal. Permanent loss of sensation can occur, but with most reduction techniques the incidence is low.

Breast Reduction Cost

Because breast reduction is usually performed to relieve physical symptoms, it is covered by very few insurance plans. Insurance companies require trying other remedies, including diet and exercise, medical treatment for rashes, before approving breast reduction surgery.

However, the breast weight volume removed during surgery may not qualify for coverage leaving the final bill to be covered by the patient. Additionally, health insurance does not cover liposuction-only breast reduction.

For this reason, Dr. Fodor is not in-network with any health insurance company and does not accept insurance for this procedure. Dr. Fodor’s staff will be able to provide with you a written quote for your breast reduction procedure recommended by Dr. Fodor upon your consultation.

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