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Breast Reduction

Large breasts can be associated with a number of different medical concerns, including neck, back, shoulder, and arm pain. Rashes can affect the undersurface of the breasts and patients can even develop painful grooves in the shoulder area from bra straps. Over time, large breasts become more susceptible to the effects of gravity, so the tissue can sag and the nipple position may start to turn downward. In cases like this, breast reduction surgery may be an effective solution.

At Premier Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics, our board-certified plastic surgeon, John M. Sarbak, MD, is highly experienced in performing a variety of breast procedures, including breast augmentation, breast lift, and breast reduction. Along with his professional staff, Dr. Sarbak is committed to creating a safe and comfortable environment for all his patients, where their individual needs and goals are listened to.

What Is Breast Reduction Surgery?

Breast reduction surgery is designed to reduce the size and shape of larger breasts by removing the extra weight and reshaping the bustline. The surgical procedure can have both aesthetic and functional benefits, and there are multiple reasons why a patient may pursue breast reduction, including:

What Does a Breast Reduction Involve?

The breast reduction procedure is done under general anesthesia and begins with an incision in the ideal location. The specific techniques most commonly used during breast reduction surgery are:

During surgery, excess skin, fat, and glandular tissue are removed. Afterwards, the nipple and areola are repositioned, and the remaining skin is tightened and recontoured. For patients who have extra tissue that extends toward the armpit, this can usually be addressed with liposuction.

What Can I Expect After Breast Reduction Surgery?

Recovery time may vary as patients heal along their own timelines, but patients can usually return home the same day as their procedure. Swelling, bruising, and soreness are common immediately after surgery, but typically subside over time. A supportive bra may be recommended to support the breasts and medication can be prescribed to manage discomfort. Most patients are able to return to their normal routines after a couple of weeks, but vigorous activities should be avoided for about a month.

How Much Does Breast Reduction Cost?

The cost of breast reduction may vary as numerous factors can contribute to the overall price, including:

Once a patient’s needs and goals have been discussed and a personalized treatment plan has been developed, Dr. Sarbak can provide patients with a customized cost quote. Also available are financing options, which allow patients to set up payment plans through CareCredit® and Alphaeon™ Credit. Additionally, some insurance companies may cover breast reduction surgery if it is medically necessary and not just a cosmetic correction.

What Will My Breast Reduction Scars Look Like?

As with any surgery, incisions from breast reduction surgery will result in some degree of scarring. The incision technique that’s decided on will determine what kind of scars you may have. For example, incisions made around the areola can typically blend in seamlessly. Dr. Sarbak takes great care to minimize visible scarring so that, along with a level of fading, incision marks may be less noticeable or easily concealed.

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For more information about breast reduction surgery, contact our office to schedule a consultation.