Breast Reduction in McLean and Northern Virginia

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what is a Breast Reduction?

Excessively large breasts can create a wide variety of social, functional, and physical concerns for women. In addition, overly large breasts can also cause emotional concerns, such as insecurity, embarrassment, and anxiety. Dr. Alex Mesbahi is a skilled plastic surgeon in McLean, VA who has helped countless women rebuild their confidence and enjoy an active lifestyle through breast reduction surgery. This cosmetic procedure at Mesbahi Plastic Surgery removes excess breast fat and skin, as well as unhealthy tissue to recontour the breasts to a smaller and more proportionate size. It also reconstructs the size of the nipples and moves them so they appear normal with the new breast size. In most cases, a breast lift can be implemented to produce a tighter and healthier appearance. Contact either one of our locations in McLean, VA, Washington, D.C., or Beverly Hills, CA.

What are the benefits of breast reduction surgery?

Large breasts can cause a number of problems, including:

  • Back pain and bad posture
  • Skin irritation and rashes under the breasts
  • Painful grooves in the shoulders from bra straps
  • Difficulty finding clothing that fits properly

A breast reduction alleviates all these issues by reducing the overall size and weight of the breasts. This procedure can also help improve a woman’s self-image and confidence. Patients choose to work with Mesbahi Plastic Surgery because of our experience helping a wide range of women achieve their aesthetic goals.

am i a Candidate for a breast reduction?

If you suffer from large, heavy breasts that interfere with daily life, breast reduction surgery may be a good option to attain the body you desire. Breast reduction is an effective procedure for women who deal with anxiety or are not able to live a fulfilled and active life because of the weight of their breasts. If you also have ongoing skin irritations (as well as back or neck pain), breast reduction surgery can eliminate these annoyances. Ideal candidates should also be at a healthy, stable weight and are nonsmokers or willing to quite for six weeks pre- and post-surgery. 

how does breast reduction surgery work?

Breast reduction is an outpatient surgery and is conducted with the patient under general anesthesia. The timing of surgery is dependent upon various factors, including what incision method is used, the general reduction technique, and finally, the degree of reduction. The nipple and areola repositioning is also a factor. Typically, liposuction is also incorporated for fat removal to decrease breast size. During the consultation, all of these factors are addressed with Dr. Mesbahi. Potential scarring is also thoroughly examined and talked through as it is likely to occur. However, Dr. Mesbahi will use his expertise and advanced surgical techniques to help significantly decrease the appearance of visible scarring. Based on the complexity of the size and overall reduction, either an anchor or a vertical incision will be used. The breast tissue will be removed, and the remaining tissue and skin will be pulled tight and secured.

How long is recovery after breast reduction surgery?

Once surgery has been completed, our patients will be monitored closely in our quiet recovery room and then discharged home to heal. A thin tube for draining will most likely be inserted near the surgical site to reduce bleeding and swelling. A compression bra will be worn for a few days that will boost blood flow to the breasts during the initial healing period. In a month or so, the breasts will settle and the post-op effects will dissipate. The vast selection of our patients at Mesbahi Plastic Surgery remark that they feel much lighter and more self-assured. Following surgical breast reduction, you can buy the clothes you could not wear before and enjoy your new contour. Remember, it is important to maintain a stable weight to preserve your results.

Breast reduction faq

Will my insurance cover breast reduction?
Your health insurance may cover part of the cost of your surgery if it's considered medically necessary. If you are considering using your insurance, talk to our patient coordinator so we can help with your claim. You should talk to your provider to find out if your specific policy might pay for the surgery and what they need to approve it. Your insurance will most likely decide based on measurements, like your height, weight, and body mass index (BMI).

Will my nipples be moved?
Usually, the nipples and areola will be moved up to a higher position on the breast during the surgery. If a significant amount of tissue and skin are being removed, your nipple-areola complex may need to be moved. Dr. Mesbahi will choose a technique, like the anchor incision, so the nipple and areola can be moved higher on the breast. It's also possible to reduce the size of the areola with an areolatome. Your options will be explained during your consultation before Dr. Mesbahi helps you choose the best plan to meet your goals.

Can I breastfeed after a breast reduction?
Breast reduction surgery can affect breastfeeding. Although some women may still be able to breastfeed after a surgical reduction, other women cannot. It's difficult to know whether your breast reduction will interfere with breastfeeding. This is why Dr. Mesbahi recommends that patients be done having children or be willing to not breastfeed before considering breast reduction surgery.

Can my breasts regrow after surgery?
Following reduction surgery, your breasts can get smaller or bigger with significant weight changes. This is why it is better to be at a healthy weight before your surgery that you can easily maintain. During your consultation, Dr. Mesbahi will discuss the best ways to prepare for your reduction and what you should do after to ensure your results last.

Smaller Breasts, Larger Life

Dr. Mesbahi has helped so many women reclaim their health for a fuller life with breast reduction surgery. During the consultation at Mesbahi Plastic Surgery, Dr. Mesbahi will go over all of the steps to attain your desired outcome and tailor a custom surgical plan to fit your goals. There's no reason to continue living with the lack of confidence or discomfort that can sometimes accompany large breasts. Please call our office in McLean, VA, Washington, D.C., or Beverly Hills, CA to learn more about this life-changing breast reduction surgery.

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