What to expect from your 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 then moved upward to the desired location and excess breast tissue, fat, and skin are removed. Depending on your needs, your plastic surgeon may use a soft tissue support matrix called GalaFLEX to enhance your results. GalaFLEX is a strong, flexible sheet that adds immediate support and helps your thin or weakened tissues grow back stronger and thicker. Learn more about the benefits of GalaFLEX. Your incisions will be sutured and dressed, and you’ll be shown to a private, comfortable recovery room as you wake up.
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.
Ballpark estimates for price of breast reduction in San Diego
We provide “ballpark” cosmetic surgery price ranges (estimates only)on our web site. Actual plastic surgery prices depend on your specific anatomy, operating time involved, surgical technique used, and type of anesthesia. At LJCSC, you will be given a specific, individual fee quote at your free personal consultation. Our fee quotes are good for three months, which allows you time to think about it and plan ahead.
- Surgeon’s fee (Board Certified Plastic Surgeon)
- All visits before and after surgery
- Operating room time and supplies (AAAASF certified center)
- Anesthesia (Board Certified Physician Anesthesiologist)
- Surgical and compression garments
How much does breast reduction surgery cost in San Diego?
The price of breast reduction at our San Diego plastic surgery office ranges from $10,000–$12,500.
During your complimentary consultation, we will give you a ballpark estimate price based on our recommended treatment plan, and we will work with you to help you understand your payment and financing options.
Here at LJCSC, we work with a number of trusted, third-party financing companies that can help you afford treatment with manageable monthly payments. Learn more about our options here.
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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 health 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.
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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.
After your breast reduction at LJCSC
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.
Since 1988, more than 32,000 patients have had safe, successful procedures at La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery Centre.
If you’d like to learn more or scheduled a complimentary consultation today, contact us! We would love to help you learn more about breast reduction or other breast enhancement procedures, including Breast Lift, Breast Revision Surgery and Breast Augmentation surgery.