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The breast reduction procedure offered by Dr. Mackenzie, our Santa Barbara plastic surgeon, removes breast tissue and skin, decreasing the size of the breast, improving the breast shape, and lifting the nipple. In addition to being an issue of self-consciousness, large breasts can also be a medical concern. Women with very large breasts can experience discomfort in the shoulders, neck, and back, bra strap grooving, and skin irritation under the breast folds. Breast reduction surgery can alleviate discomfort and other symptoms associated with large breasts, so if you are tired of the discomfort and aggravation associated with large breasts, you should consider breast reduction as a permanent and straightforward solution. Your insurance may provide coverage for breast reduction if you have legitimate medical problems related to the large breasts.
Prior to breast reduction surgery, you will have a complimentary consultation at our Santa Barbara office. In consultation, Dr. Mackenzie will discuss your breast reduction surgery goals, including the size you would like to be, and what other improvements may be expected, including relief of back pain. If you are overweight and have a reasonable chance of loosing that weight, it is best to do that before breast reduction surgery.
The surgery itself requires the breast reduction patient to undergo general anesthesia, and it will take about two and a half hours at one of our Santa Barbara surgical facilities. If possible, Dr. Mackenzie will try to minimize the breast scars by limiting the incisions, but with breast reduction surgery, a significant amount of skin needs to be removed in addition to breast tissue. Dr. MacKenzie will then shape the remaining breast tissue and close the skin meticulously.
Following surgery, breast reduction patients will experience some pain, as well as swelling and bruising in the breast area. Surgical drains are typically placed and remain for a few days before they are removed in the office. The final breast shape will take form after several weeks.
The majority of breast reduction patients experience drastic improvement in their quality of life after breast reduction surgery. They enjoy increased self-confidence and a more comfortable lifestyle free of shoulder, back and neck pain. Please check out our blog for more on breast reduction and other topics, and our gallery for annotated photos.
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