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.
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
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.
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 ashorizontally 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.
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.
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.
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.
On average, a breast reduction costs about $7,000 to $9,000. The actual cost of a breast reduction surgery depends on the factors such as the surgeon’s fee, facility fee, and anesthesia fee.
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
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.