Breast Reduction Surgery at LJCSC
If large breasts interfere with normal daily activities or with exercise, a breast reduction may be the answer for you. The intended result of a breast reduction surgery is a more attractive contour, a smaller breast size, and an improved self-image. This procedure can free you from heath problems associated with excessively large breasts.
You may be a candidate for a breast reduction surgery if you have large, heavy breasts that cause breathing difficulties, back, shoulder and neck pain, poor posture, bra-strap indentations, and chafing under the breasts. This procedure may also help if you have excessive breast size, which can sometimes lead to a lack of self-confidence.
While you may be considering breast reduction to improve your physical comfort, or just to have smaller breasts, our plastic surgeons consider it equally important to create a natural, aesthetically pleasing breast shape as well. Therefore, a breast lift is often part of breast reduction surgery.
How much does breast reduction surgery cost in San Diego?
The price of breast reduction at our San Diego plastic surgery office ranges from $9,500–$11,500. Be sure to check into cosmetic surgery financing for additional payment options.
The Breast Reduction Procedure
Breast reduction surgery is done under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis or in the hospital. The incisions are usually made around the pigmented area (the nipple-areolar complex) and extend vertically below the nipple and along the fold under the breast. The nipple-areolar complex is moved upward to the desired location and excess breast tissue, fat, and skin are removed.
Recovery from Breast Reduction
Most breast reduction patients enjoy a reasonable and uneventful recovery. While you’ll have to rest at home for the first few days, you’ll be able to get up and walk around the next day after surgery. If you have a desk job, you may be able to return to work within a week or so. You’ll have to take about a month off from your exercise routine. Heavier lifting and exercise involving the chest will have to wait a little longer. However, you should be back to most daily activities within 2 weeks. Your surgeon will give you detailed instructions for your recovery.
One of the activities our breast reduction patients tend to look forward to the most is shopping for more figure flattering clothing and wearing more comfortable bras. For the first 4-6 weeks, you’ll need to wear a good sports bra or other very supportive, non-underwire bra while you heal. Your surgeon will give you specific instructions on when it’s okay to wear everyday bras.
Your new breast shape will continue to improve during the first 6 months or more after surgery. Scars, although present, are easily hidden by clothing and will fade nicely with proper care.
With smaller, lighter and shapelier breasts, you will be able to enjoy new freedom in many aspects of your life. Exercises like running, swimming, and dance will be more comfortable, you’ll have new options for clothing, and the back, neck, or shoulder pain that came from having large breasts will no longer control your life.
Please call La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery Centre in San Diego at (858) 452-1981 for more information on our cosmetic surgery procedures, including Breast Lift surgery.