A breast reduction is a surgical procedure that reduces the volume and size of the breast to be better aligned with your overall physique. Having oversized breasts can lead to physical and psychological problems. They can be physically demanding on the neck and back that causes pain and strain. Emotionally, they can make you feel self-conscious and embarrassed. Having a breast reduction can greatly improve your way of life. A reduction mammoplasty procedure has helped countless women regain control. At Azar Plastic Surgery and Med Spa, we are here to be your champion while you’re on your way to a better life. Make room for a friendly conversation with our team to learn more about breast reduction. Or you can give us a call at (805) 373-7073.
Getting breast reduction surgery is an important decision. Some patients may choose to do it for cosmetic reasons because they’ve grown unhappy with their current size. While others are seeking much-needed relief from neck and back problems. Women choosing a surgical procedure are taking a proactive step in transforming their way of life. Breast reduction provides patients with smaller, lighter, and life-changing results. The procedure involves making an incision around the breast tissue. Excess fat cells, breast tissue, and skin are removed from the breast using liposuction or surgical excision.  The remaining tissue is redistributed and shaped into a smaller breast profile that is optimized for your body contours. Many of our patients have noticed a profound difference in their posture, movement, and self-confidence after their surgery.
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You can find solace and relief from having breast reduction surgery. It offers a sense of reassurance that the old way of living is out of the picture. It is time to turn another chapter in life and embrace a life without the aches and pains. Patients enjoy an uptick in confidence along with other benefits as well: 
- Less back pain felt in the neck, shoulders, and back
- Increased movement when doing everyday activities
- Improved posture
- Optimized body proportions and even contours
- Finding clothes that fit the confirm to new body measurements
Women who are looking to escape the physical and psychological demands of having larger breasts should consider a breast reduction. You may be a prime candidate if you experience::
- Pain in the back, neck, and shoulder
- Breast causing physical limitations
- Receiving unwanted attention
- Have stretched skin and enlarged areolae
Dr. Kouros Azar, M.D., is a renowned plastic surgeon in Southern California. For years, his dedication and perfectionism have earned him a client list that spans the communities of Ventura and western Los Angeles County. Whether your treatment is plastic surgery or one of our spa treatments, we work hard to deliver the best results.
Your procedure will take place inside our state-of-the-art offices in the beautiful suburban community of Thousand Oaks. To start, we encourage our patients to fill out a few forms beforehand to ensure a smooth check-in process. Our kind staff will show you to your examination room and will ask a few questions in regards to your health, prior surgeries, and medication history. Dr. Azar will be introduced to you shortly after. His bedside manner and kind demeanor put patients at ease. He’ll get to the heart of your condition. Next, he will pay close attention to the symmetry, shape, size, and overall figure of your breasts. Based on this observation, he will develop a plan that is right for you.
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Azar Plastic Surgery and Med Spa will do everything we can to make sure that you are squared away and ready to go for your procedure. While everyone will have their individual set of pre-operational instructions, below are a set of general guidelines that will ensure you have a good experience with us.
- Please stop smoking: We advise that you stop smoking two weeks before. Smoking may further cause complications during the procedure and recovery process.
- Avoid taking certain medications: Do not take aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs. Dr. Azar may also instruct you to stop taking other prescriptions that are related to you.
- Have a mammogram performed: We recommend this as so to detect future changes in your breast tissue.
- Arrange for a ride home: Choose someone in your inner circle that you trust to drive you home because you will not be able to do it yourself.
When you arrive, we’ll get you settled into your very own treatment room where you will be resting comfortably. Dr. Azar has two main methods for breast reduction surgery. Each one comes with its procedure but both are aimed to serve you. Here is what your experience may look like: 
Vertical or “Lollipop”
This method involves an incision made around the areola. It connects with a second incision made vertically from the bottom of the areola to the crease that lies just underneath the breast. Patients with mild to moderate cases usually are candidates for this method.
Inverted-T or Anchor
Patients who experience considerable sagging skin or ptosis are usually selected for this method. An incision is made around the areola. It connects with another incision made within the crease that forms an inverted “T”.
After the incisions are made by Dr. Azar, he will remove excess tissue, skin, and fat deposits that reduce the overall weight and volume of the breasts. Breast tissue is then redirected so that he can recontour your chest area to better proportions. The entire process should take around four hours to complete.
You may leave the same day after your procedure. Patients may go through some post-op symptoms. Just know that they are only temporary. Some minor swelling and tenderness may be felt in your breasts. You will be supplied a surgical bra following reduction surgery to give your body support and to control swelling. Drains may be placed to remove fluid from the surgical sites. We’ll give you detailed instructions on how to care for them. They will be removed at your follow-up appointment. Most people can resume normal activities within two weeks. You can plan on going back to work within 3-7 days. 
Patients will immediately feel and see a difference in your breast size. However, they may be obscured by the bruising and swelling. However, full results will start to develop in 3-6 months.  As time goes by the breast will adjust by themselves that will give them a natural projection. Scars will start to fade away and flatten during this time as well. When the healing process starts to close, you will notice a smaller breast that allows you to move around swiftly and easier. Your soul will be renewed as you can now enjoy long-lasting results that are fitted for your body.
Every facet of your breast reduction will be unique, including your cost. Your customized treatment plan will dictate how much your cost is. However, some insurance companies may fund your procedure if your condition is a medical ailment. We will be glad to act on your behalf in sorting out these details with your insurance carrier.
We accept many forms of payment including cash, check, and credit cards, including Alphaeon Credit and Care Credit. Check out our financial page for more details
Is breast reduction covered by insurance?
A breast procedure may be covered by many health insurance companies. As long as it serves a medical issue rather than a cosmetic one, your insurance company may fund all or a portion of the cost. We are more than happy to sort that for you.
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