What To Expect During Breast Reduction Surgery
With Dr. Alizadeh's surgical team, you can expect the highest level of professionalism, hands-on care, surgical excellence, and rapid recovery. Your surgery will be performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia, and it typically requires one to four hours to complete, depending on the size of your breasts and the amount of excess skin, fat, or breast tissue to remove.
Dr. Alizadeh performs all surgical procedures in fully equipped, state-of-the-art facilities certified by the Joint Commission for Accreditation of Hospital Organizations or the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. He works closely with a trusted, experienced, board-certified anesthesiologist who will oversee your entire procedure to ensure your safety and rapid recovery from anesthesia.
Your surgery will begin with a circular incision around the nipple or areola and a straight, vertical incision from the areola to the base of the breast. Patients with larger breasts may also need an additional horizontal incision along the base of the breast to remove all loose skin that surrounds the extra breast tissue. Once Dr. Alizadeh has removed the breast tissue, fat, and excess skin, he may, depending on your individual needs, insert a breast implant for additional shape or tissue scaffolding for long-term support.
He then closes the incisions with absorbable sutures or biological glues so there is no need to remove any stitches later on, and patients can shower the day after surgery. He also uses long-acting anesthetics such as EXPAREL® to help maximize your recovery and comfort.
Most patients are able to return to common daily activities and non-lifting jobs within a week following surgery. You should refrain from all vigorous activity for up to six weeks. Dr. Alizadeh and his staff will provide detailed pre- and post-surgical instructions prior to surgery. Results from breast reduction will last a lifetime, but many patients find that weight loss, weight gain, or pregnancy do alter their results. Aging and gravity may also affect your long-term outcomes.