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Breast Reduction

Large, heavy breasts can be a source of great discomfort for women of all ages. Breast reduction surgery is the solution to decrease the size and weight of the breasts to create a more proportional and attractive breast shape. Dr. Wesley Schooler, our Ventura-area plastic surgeon, performs breast reduction at our practice in Santa Barbara and serves patients throughout California and nearby states. Combining technical skills and an artistic touch, Dr. Schooler can create a more manageable breast size that enhances your self-confidence and allows you to live life more comfortably.

I love my results and wish I’d done it ten years ago!

Why Do Patients Choose Breast Reduction?

Breast reduction is considered among the most rewarding cosmetic surgeries available. Many women pursue breast reduction for aesthetic purposes, such as to attain more rejuvenated and proportionate breasts, while others undergo the procedure to alleviate the burdens of a dominating breast size. In most cases, patients choose breast reduction for a combination of both reasons. Thanks to breast reduction’s ability to eliminate excess breast tissue, skin, and fat, many patients also find it easier to exercise and enjoy physical activities. This, in turn, can allow breast reduction patients to live healthier and more active lifestyles.

Who is a Candidate for Breast Reduction?

Breast reduction can be performed on women of any age who are experiencing the pain and discomfort of heavy, pendulous breasts. In addition to appearing disproportionately to the rest of a person’s figure, an overly large breast size can also cause physical strains that interfere with daily life. Breast reduction can be an excellent treatment option for women who experience any of the following symptoms as a result of their breasts:

  • Back, neck, and/or shoulder pain
  • Skin inflammation or chafing
  • Grooves in the shoulders due to bra strap indentations
  • Difficulty exercising or being active
  • Shortness of breath or labored breathing

It’s recommended that patients wait until their breasts have finished developing before undergoing surgery, although the procedure can be performed for teenage girls if they are experiencing serious back, neck, or shoulder pain. Women who are planning on breastfeeding are advised to postpone breast reduction surgery until they have finished nursing.

How is Breast Reduction Surgery Performed?

Breast reduction is performed under light general anesthesia so patients should not experience pain or discomfort. Using carefully placed incisions in pre-determined locations, our plastic surgeon will remove excess skin, fat, and breast tissue to reduce the breast mass. The nipple/areola is then repositioned to a higher location on the breast. The incisions are carefully closed with layers of sutures, and a compression dressing is applied. Since breast reduction is designed to remove excess tissue and reshape the breasts, the procedure can often yield some of the benefits of a breast lift as well. This surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis and patients should be able to recover comfortably in their own home after a brief observation period.

I had considered this surgery for a number of years but never felt right until I came there. The whole experience could not have been better.

What is Recovery From Breast Reduction Like?

Our doctor and staff will provide you with detailed instructions for the recovery period. Most patients are able to return to work and resume their normal activities within 10 to 14 days. Swelling and bruising are normal reactions to surgery, and any discomfort can usually be managed with oral pain medication. While most patients will be able to perform light activities within a few days, exercise and strenuous work should be avoided for four to six weeks. Dr. Schooler encourages individuals to start walking around as soon as they feel well enough. This can help prevent blood clots and facilitate the healing process. The outcome of surgery should improve as swelling subsides in the weeks and months following breast reduction.

Breast reduction patients are almost always universally happy with the results of the procedure. They are often able to participate more freely in sports and physical activities, and can wear many different types of clothing after surgery. Furthermore, patients typically feel relief from the physical discomfort of having dominating breasts.

Will I Have Breast Reduction Scars?

Scarring from breast reduction is inescapable, but most patients find that their scars heal well and are easily hidden underneath a bra or swimsuit top. The shape and size of your scars will depend on which incision was utilized during your procedure. Dr. Schooler will advise you on the best incision placement for you based on your unique needs and how much reduction is necessary to achieve your goals.

In general, scars from breast surgery can fade somewhat over time with proper wound care and medical-grade skincare products. Dr. Schooler will provide you with instructions on how to take care of your incisions during the recovery period to minimize post-surgical scarring.

How Much Does Breast Reduction Cost?

The cost of breast reduction is personalized for each patient based on details unique to one’s treatment plan, such as:

  • The extent of your breast reduction
  • The surgical technique utilized
  • The complexity of your procedure

Our office will be able to provide you with a cost estimate after your consultation with Dr. Schooler. Breast surgery financing is available at our practice through trusted lenders like CareCredit® and ALPHAEON® Credit, which both offer qualified patients a range of flexible payment plans to accommodate their unique budgetary concerns. If you have any questions, please feel free to call our office to speak to a friendly member of our team.

To learn more about breast reduction and how it can alleviate your pain and discomfort, contact Santa Barbara Plastic Surgery Center today.