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Breast reduction surgery can be one of the most satisfying surgeries performed by plastic surgeons on patients. Many patients with very large breasts suffer from neck pain, back pain, bra strap cuts, and intertriginous rashes making them very uncomfortable. Historically, most types of breast reduction procedures are prone to bottoming out and lack superior pole fullness. To address this problem, the doctors at Ranch & Coast Plastic Surgery perform a superior medial pedicle type breast reduction developed in Brazil that allows further removal of inferior pole breast tissue, resulting in less bottoming out. Most of our Del Mar patients are up and about within one to two days after surgery.

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The Remarkable Benefits of Breast Reduction

A breast reduction surgery is a procedure where the volume of the breasts is minimized to relieve the pain and discomfort caused by excessively large breasts. While the procedure can reduce pain, it can also provide several emotional and aesthetic benefits. Extremely large breasts or macromastia affects over one million women in the United States, according to a 2005 article from WebMD.

Breasts that are too large for a woman’s body can cause many psychological, medical, and physical issues. As a result, many women opt for breast reduction. In fact, breast reduction patients are among the happiest of all plastic surgery patients, due to both their improved quality of life, as well as their improved self-image.

What is a Breast Reduction with a Lift and Nipple Reduction?

A lift and nipple reduction are often part of breast reduction surgery, and you can even opt for breast implants to preserve the shape and perkiness of your breasts. Our doctor's goal is to create smaller, more aesthetically pleasing breasts that balance well with your natural curves and meet your goals. As such, the doctor will reshape your breasts as necessary to meet your particular needs.

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Why Choose Ranch & Coast for a Breast Reduction?

When it comes to breast reduction in San Diego, our doctors are among the most qualified surgeons available. Specializing in aesthetic procedures of the face, body, and breast, Ranch & Coast Plastic Surgery possesses a particular skill in the complex breast reduction procedure. Our doctors have years of experience in performing plastic surgery with successful outcomes. Patients are drawn to our friendly, professional, and highly trained office staff as well as the comfortable environment of Ranch & Coast Plastic Surgery in San Diego. All told, when you come to Ranch & Coast, your comfort and results are the number one priority.

More on Breast Reduction— Nuances & Numbers

A 2017 article from the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reports overly large breasts can cause back, shoulder and neck pain, headaches, indentions in the shoulders from bra straps, and even shortness of breath. Moreover, women with large breasts often struggle to work out comfortably, are self-conscious of their breasts, and have trouble finding clothes that fit them while complementing their figure. A breast reduction, otherwise known as reduction mammoplasty, is a procedure in which the breasts are reduced to ease the pain and inconvenience of overly large breasts. During a breast reduction in San Diego, the surgeon will remove glandular tissue, fat, and skin, creating smaller breasts that are more in balance with the body. 

The demand for large breasts is fading as more women seek the functionality and aesthetics of smaller breasts. According to a 2017 report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, “breast reductions increased by 11% in 2017.” Let’s take a look at why millions of women are choosing to have breast reductions. They enjoy shopping more since they can find clothes that fit and accentuate their figure—no more blouses that are too tight or billow out like a tent! It’s more comfortable for them to be physically active, and they are often more confident. More importantly, they have less shoulder, neck, and back pain.

Breast Reduction Recovery

Breast reduction surgery is an outpatient procedure that takes only a few hours to complete. At Ranch & Coast Plastic Surgery in San Diego, we will keep you in recovery for several hours to ensure it is safe for you to go home. Your breasts will likely be compressed, and a tube will be inserted to drain excess fluid. Patients report some discomfort and pain once the anesthesia wears off, which lasts for a few weeks after surgery, and can be managed through oral pain relievers.

The recovery process depends greatly on the patient and her needs, and our surgeons will discuss what you can expect specifically during your consultation. A breast reduction is a very personal journey, and Ranch & Coast Plastic Surgery will support you every step of the way—even during the decision-making process. Our doctors are board-certified in plastic surgery and are guaranteed to spend plenty of time in consultation with you, ensuring you have all necessary information to make the correct decision for you.

Can I Breastfeed After Breast Reduction Surgery?

While it is best to have a breast reduction once you are finished having children, the surgeons’s specific techniques minimize the risks of losing feeling and blood flow to the nipples, preserving your ability to breastfeed after a reduction. In addition to the breastfeeding consideration, there is another reason to wait until you are done having children to undergo a breast reduction: pregnancy and breastfeeding can change the size and shape of the breasts. This means the beautiful results of a breast reduction may be undone by further childbearing.

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Breast Reduction Scarring

Ranch & Coast plastic surgeons perform most breast reductions using a superior pedicle approach, which minimizes scarring and reduces the chance of your breast bottoming out (drooping of the bottom part of the breast). To reduce your breasts, there are several incision options. Most frequently, the surgeon will make an incision around the areola that extends down to the bottom of the breasts. 

For more extensive breast reduction procedures, this incision may extend horizontally along the inframammary fold. Following breast reduction, you will have scars, but the surgeons’s technique and years of experience produce faint and small scars that continue to fade over time.

How Much Does a Breast Reduction Cost?

Breast reduction patients in San Diego can expect the cost of their surgery to cost between $15,000–$18,000. Due to the variability of cases, some breast reductions are priced higher depending on the level of surgical complexity.

Additional Reading and References

Springer Nature: Using Prosthesis in Breast Reduction

WebMD: Is Breast Reduction Right for You?

American Society of Plastic Surgeons: New Statistics Reveal the Shape of Plastic Surgery

International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery: The Benefits of Breast Reduction

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