Having excessively large breasts can cause both physical and emotional problems for women. Shoulder, neck, and back pain can result from the weight of very large breasts, and the appearance of oversized breasts can cause embarrassment and lower self-esteem. A breast reduction can reduce the size of the breasts and make them more proportionate to the rest of the body. At our San Diego practice, Dr. Larry Pollack routinely performs breast reduction surgery to alleviate the emotional and physical problems associated with overly large breasts.
Am I a Candidate for Breast Reduction?
Ideal candidates for breast reduction are women in good overall health with some or all of the following conditions:
- Breasts that cause emotional and physical problems
- Breasts that are disproportionate in size and shape
- Inability to participate in certain physical activities
- Inability to wear certain types of clothing due to breast size
How Is Breast Reduction Performed?
Breast reduction is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. During the procedure, Dr. Pollack will remove excess breast tissue in order to reduce the size and reshape the breasts, as well as lift them to a more youthful position.
What Is the Anchor Incision?
The incision technique that Dr. Pollack typically uses for this procedure is the anchor incision because it is the most effective method for reducing extremely large breasts. This incision is made around the areola and extends vertically down to the bottom of the breast as well as horizontally along the breast crease. The anchor incision also allows Dr. Pollack to reshape the breasts for a more attractive contour.
In certain cases, liposuction can be used to reduce the size of the breasts. However, the breasts cannot be lifted with a liposuction procedure alone.
What Is Discussed During My Breast Reduction Consultation?
When you meet with Dr. Pollack for your initial consultation, you will discuss your goals and concerns with him in detail, and he will customize the procedure to fit your needs and desires. Dr. Pollack will answer any questions you may have and make sure you fully understand the benefits and risks of the procedure.
What Is My Breast Reduction Recovery?
After the procedure is complete, the breasts will likely swell and be sore for a few days. These symptoms are normal and can be eased by pain medication. While most patients return to work after about a week, exercise and strenuous activity should be avoided for at least a month.
As with any surgery, complications such as bleeding, scarring, and infection are possible. In order to get the best possible outcome, it is best to follow Dr. Pollack’s postoperative instructions.
When Will I See My Breast Reduction Results?
Once the healing process is complete, the breasts will look noticeably reduced with a more attractive contour. Once the final results become apparent, women are generally very satisfied with their new look. Not only do they feel more confident about themselves, but they find that they can perform activities and accomplish things that they were unable to do before.
How Much Does Breast Reduction Cost?
On average, a breast reduction costs about $10,000 to $12,000. The actual cost of a breast reduction surgery depends on the factors such as the surgeon’s fee, facility fee, and anesthesia fee.
Does Insurance Cover Breast Reduction?
In many cases, insurance will cover the cost of a breast reduction procedure if overly large breasts cause pain and hinder daily life for the patient. Potential patients should contact their insurance company to determine if they qualify before undergoing breast reduction surgery. (Currently, we are only accepting Sharp Community Medical Group Insurance for breast reduction surgery.)
Frequently Asked Questions About Breast Reduction
What surgical procedures are commonly combined with breast reduction?
Breast reduction is always performed alongside a breast lift (unless there is minimal to no breast sagging following the removal of the tissues). Additional combination procedures include liposuction of the surrounding areas or post-bariatric surgery (if breast reduction is being performed after significant weight loss.)
Is a breast lift the same as a breast reduction?
While a breast lift is performed at the same time as a breast reduction, they are not the same procedure. A breast lift elevates sagging breasts by tightening the tissues. It also removes excess skin from the breasts. Breast lift surgery can be performed alone, with breast reduction, or in addition to breast augmentation or breast revision.
How can I prepare for breast reduction?
Breast reduction is performed under general anesthesia, meaning that you will need to stop all tobacco use for at least 10 to 14 days before and after your surgery. If safe, you will also be asked to refrain from taking any blood-thinning medications or supplements. This includes aspirin, ibuprofen, and NSAIDs.
Are my breast reduction results permanent?
Women choosing breast reduction will experience long-lasting results. These results may be impacted by future pregnancy or significant weight gain, and the breasts will eventually start to sag with age.
Women can prolong the quality of their results by maintaining a stable weight with a healthy lifestyle.
Can I breastfeed after breast reduction?
Breast reduction removes excess tissue from the breast. This process can potentially damage the milk ducts, making it more challenging to breastfeed. Women undergoing breast reduction before having children should be aware that, while it is not guaranteed, there is a risk of breastfeeding inability. Some women can produce a normal amount of milk; others produce some milk (that needs to be supplemented with formula), and, still, some women are not able to produce milk at all.
Interested in Learning More?
Dr. Pollack is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is dedicated to providing patients with safe and effective procedures. He has over 20 years of experience in the field of plastic surgery and looks forward to meeting you. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Pollack, please call our La Jolla practice at (858) 215-6143 today.
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Dr. Pollack is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is dedicated to providing patients with safe and effective procedures. He has over 20 years of experience in the field of plastic surgery and looks forward to meeting you. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Pollack, please call our La Jolla practice at 858-215-6143 today.