What does breast reduction surgery involve?Breast reduction surgery may last for about three to three and a half hours, and includes portions of the breast and extra skin being removed. The nipple areola, which stretched out when the breasts got bigger and saggy, is made smaller and more appropriate in size. The entire breast is taken down and repositioned in a higher position.
Patients do not have to be admitted to the hospital for this procedure as it can be done on an outpatient basis. Patients go home following the surgery and generally do not experience much discomfort or too many complications. The surgery is generally performed under general anesthesia.
There are different techniques to perform the surgery. One of the main techniques is the anchor incision technique performed on patients who need a substantial breast reduction. An anchor-shaped incision is made around the nipple areola complex, and a horizontal incision is made under the breast crease. Thereafter, the excess breast fat, tissue and skin are removed. The horizontal incision may be avoided in a case where the breasts are not too large.
In some cases, breast reduction may also involve repositioning of the nipple and areola if the breasts have drooped down substantially. Sometimes the procedure may be performed in combination with breast lift surgery to achieve optimal results. This decision has to be a part of the treatment planning that is done prior to the surgery in consultation with the patient.
Some patients may not have very large breasts, so the breast reduction surgery in such cases may involve a minor incision around the areola. This procedure results in minimal scarring, but it is useful only when a small amount of breast fat and tissue needs to be removed. Dr. Edmund Kwan ensures that a conservative approach to surgery is adopted so that the desired results can be achieved with minimal risk and minimal scarring.
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Dr. Kwan is by far the most talented surgeon I have EVER crossed paths with. I came to Dr. Kwan after an under eye fat transplant, performed 'by another' plastic surgeon, which deformed my face. It was only until I was under Dr.Kwan's care that the deformity was corrected. Dr. Kwan literally gave me back my beauty. This was a priceless feeling. That was about 4 years ago, I can assure you ever since- Dr. Kwan is the ONLY plastic surgeon I trust my face and body to. I look forward to my body contouring procedure coming up in a few weeks!! :)
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The staff treated me very kindly, with respect and genuine smiles. Dr Kwan is a real professional in my opinion. He took the time to listen to my story, addressed my concerns and took his time to walk me through the process and give me his opinion and explanation on his recommendation. I had my surgery in his practice and we went over everything again before I met up with the anesthesiologist, who was equally as nice and professional as everyone else at his practice. We started counting bikes ... and after bike #6 I fell a sleep. When I woke up, he was there to tell me I did great and before I knew it I was in a taxi cab back home with my best friend who came to pick me up. So I don't know if this is typical, but I had no pain whatsoever after the surgery. . I am very very happy with the results. Dr Kwan did an amazing job and I couldn't be more pleased.
I was invovled in an automobile accident last May, 2013. The outcome from the emergency room left me with 5 stitches on the bridge of my nose, and the tip of my nose was missing due to the severe impact of the accident. I called and scheduled an appointment to visit Dr. Kwan so he could assess my nose. Upon arriving to the office, I was immediately impressed with the facility, service, and profesionalism of his staff. Dr. Kwan met with me and examined my nose and in detail, he explained the approach he would take in order to get my nose like brand new again.On the day of my surgery, I was met by Dr Kwan, who performed the surgery, himself. His Anestigeologist was very informative and professional as well. The outcome of Phase 1 was a success. In addition to that, the staff even called my medication into the pharmacy that way it would be ready as soon as I left the office. My nose is 98% back to normal, I now look forward to Phase 2 to be completed. After that procedure is done I am positive my nose will look absolutely perfect and I will be back to my confident self again. Thanks Dr Kwan and Staff.
I have had several surgeries with Dr Kwan, and would recommend him highly. Liposuction of abdomen and love handles came out smooth. Upper eyelids look younger and refreshed, and the Basal Cell Cancer he cut out of my nose is not even visible, despite the fact that it was right along the rim of my left nostril.
I have been using Dr Kwan for over 10 years now. I have had many different procedures and all of them have turned out great. One of the breast augmentations had a crimp in the left breast and he had no problem going in to revise it to assure my satisfaction. I have always liked the way he answers each of my concerns and we go over everything for each procedure I've done several times to assure we are on the same page :) Take a list of any questions or concerns an I guarantee you will love your results no matter what procedure he is doing for you! .