Breast Reduction Irvine

Large, sagging breasts may cause a woman to experience physical and emotional problems. The weight of the excessive breast tissue can cause back, neck and shoulder pain. Unwanted attention and limitations on activities can cause frustration, self-consciousness, and embarrassment. Breast reduction in Orange County with Dr. Andrew Smith results in smaller, firmer, better-shaped breasts that are in proportion with the rest of the body.

If you live in or around Newport Beach, your breast reduction surgeon is just around the corner. Request a FREE surgical consultation with Dr. Smith, or call our Irvine, Huntington Beach, and Corona plastic surgery offices at  (949) 653-7000.

When you choose Dr. Smith, you’re choosing a breast specialist who

  • Is the Chief of the Subsection of Plastic Surgery at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center
  • Is one of the top surgeons in Orange County for complex breast revisions and reconstructions
  • Has performed thousands of breast surgeries during his 15+ years of surgical experience

What Breast Reduction Can Do for You

Typical candidates for surgery are women who have overly large, pendulous breasts. This may cause problems including:

  • Back, neck and shoulder pain
  • Bra strap grooves
  • Rashes under the breasts
  • Limitations on physical activities

In addition to physical problems, women with very large breasts often complain of embarrassment and social discomfort caused by the unwanted attention that large breasts can attract.

Before & After Photos

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    Case 25, Breast Reduction

    55 year old female before and after breast reduction surgery.  Results are 6 months after surgery.

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    Case 9, Breast Reduction

    Many young women would be thrilled with a 36DD bra size, but that was not the case for this 20-year-old female. Her large breasts caused her a great deal of emotional and physical discomfort. After doing some research, she made an appointment with Orange County breast reduction surgeon Dr. Andrew Smith to discuss her options.

    During her consultation, she quickly felt reassured that she was making the right decision. Dr. Smith examined her and took time to answer all of her questions about surgery. She was also able to view before-and-after photos of real patients and see the results Dr. Smith had achieved. After the consultation, she made an appointment for breast reduction surgery.

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    Case 10, Breast Reduction

    33 year-old female before and after bilateral breast reduction surgery.  Her preoperative cup size was  40DD.

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    Case 26, Breast Reduction

    19 year old female before and after bilateral breast reduction surgery.

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    Case 24, Breast Reduction

    38 year old female before and after breast reduction surgery. Results are 3 months after surgery.

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    Case 8, Breast Reduction

    This 36-year-old woman was always self-conscious about the size and shape of her breasts. She wore a 36DD bra, and the weight of her breasts caused her to have back and shoulder pain for most of her adult life. Tired of the constant discomfort, she decided to consult with Dr. Andrew Smith in Orange County about breast reduction surgery.

    During the consultation, Dr. Smith listened as she explained the burden caused by her large breasts. She said she often avoided activities that involved running or lifting because they were too painful. She discussed the difficulties she faced in finding clothing that fit properly, and she expressed feelings of shame and embarrassment about her appearan…

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    Case 229, Breast Reduction

    18-year-old female 5’5 140lbs 36EE+ was suffering with her large breasts they caused her a great deal of emotional and physical discomfort. After doing some research, she made an appointment with Orange County breast reduction surgeon Dr. Andrew Smith to discuss her options. Incisions were made around the nipples and then vertically to the breast crease. Dr. Smith used a variety of techniques to remove extra fat and breast tissue. Excess breast skin was removed, and the remaining skin was tightened to create a smaller, more lifted breast. The nipples were repositioned to create a natural appearance. Her breasts are now in better proportion to her frame, and she f…

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    Case 163, Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift, Breast Reduction

    This 53 year old patient had a breast lift/reduction with placement of a silicone gel implant. She is 5’2 150 pounds and was a 38 DD. She is very happy with her new youthful look.

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    Case 280, Breast Reduction

    45 year old woman wanting a bilateral breast reduction who was experiencing chronic neck, back and shoulder pain.  This patient is 5’6″ and 150 lbs and was a 36E before surgery and a 36C after surgery.  She is very happy with her results.

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    Case 283, Breast Reduction

    This patient is a 20 year old female with large breasts causing back, neck and shoulder pain.  Bilateral breast reduction with anchor incision.  She is very happy with her results.

 

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Your Surgery

Breast reduction is performed similarly to breast lift, and affords all of the benefits of this procedure in addition to volume reduction. The incision is made around the areola (darker circle around the nipple), vertically down the breast, with a small horizontal incision in the breast crease. This pattern is referred to as anchor-shaped or inverted “T.”

The excess skin and tissue is removed, then the nipple and remaining tissue are elevated and reshaped. The nerves and blood supply to the nipple remain intact, so functionality and sensation are preserved. In some cases a horizontal incision is not necessary and a limited scar reduction can be accomplished.

It is not uncommon for Dr. Smith to incorporate liposuction to the armpit area, upper back or abdomen at the time of breast reduction.

Your Recovery and Beyond

The recovery takes one to two weeks. Initial discomfort improves with each day and can be controlled with oral pain medication. Most people are back to work within 1 or 2 weeks. The incisions are initially covered with light dressings and a surgical bra. The dressings may be removed after 1-2 days and a clean bra can be worn. Some mild bleeding can be expected for the first few days after surgery. If you have any questions please call the office for advice. Scars may take 6 to 12 months to fade.

Insurance Guidelines

In many cases, breast reduction is covered by insurance. Our knowledgeable staff will work with you to determine whether your insurance will cover all or part of your procedure.

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