San Francisco Breast Reduction Surgery
It may seem as if most women in the world only want larger breasts, but this isn’t actually the case. There are a lot of women of all ages with overly large breasts who dream of making them smaller. Patients with very large breasts complain of constant pain, discomfort and emotional distress. The latter is particularly true for teenagers. They often can’t play sports or dress the way that they’d like because of the size of their breasts. For them, breast reduction surgery can be life-changing.
During your breast reduction surgery, Dr. David Sieber will remove excess skin and breast tissue, making the breast smaller, while also lifting your new breast to a higher position on the chest wall, creating a slimmer, more youthful contour.* Many women who undergo breast reduction surgery report immediate improvement in back, neck, and shoulder pain which is one of the many reasons that it has one of the highest patient satisfaction ratings of any cosmetic procedure.* A good breast reduction must walk the line between smaller sized breasts and a natural breast shape that still fits your individual anatomy. Dr. Sieber has advanced training in cosmetic surgery as well as the keen aesthetic eye to deliver truly customized results.* If you are happy with the size of your breasts, but just don’t like their saggy appearance, then you might be a better candidate for a breast lift. Dr. Sieber will go over all of these options with you in detail during your initial consultation.
Breast Reduction Improvements
Breast reduction surgery can improve:*
- Create a more youthful shape
- Improve saggy appearance
- Remove excess skin
- Improve breast symmetry
- Replace lost breast volume
- Length: 2-3 hours
- Anesthesia: General
- Inpt/Outpt: Outpatient
- Side effects: swelling, bruising, temporary numbness, asymmetry
- Recovery: 1-2 weeks
Breast Reduction Technique
Anytime that an incision is made, it is going to leave a scar. However, most women find that the benefits from breast reduction surgery far outweigh the downside of incision lines. Dr. Sieber understands that his patients are concerned about scars on their breasts. His advanced training in breast surgery helps him to deliver minimal scarring.* Furthermore, he places all of his patients on a post-surgical scar therapy program to reduce the size and stiffness of any potential scars.* Breast reduction surgery is performed as a same day surgery under general anesthesia. During the procedure, Dr. Sieber will remove any excess fatty tissue and skin to reduce the overall size and then contour the breast into a natural appearing shape.* All of your incisions will be closed with dissolving sutures. You will be placed into a surgical bra after the procedure which may be worn for comfort.
Preparing for Breast Reduction Surgery
As with any major surgery, all medications and supplements which cause an increased risk of bleeding should be stopped 2 weeks prior to surgery. Please see our list of medications and supplements to avoid. As always, make sure to check with your doctor before stopping any medications.
Recovery from Breast Reduction Surgery
It’s normal to feel some soreness and sensitivity during the first few days after your breast reduction surgery. You may also have some areas of numbness, but these will gradually improve with time.* Most women should plan to take off at least a week from work.
The vast majority of women do not require drains after a breast reduction. However, if you are one of those patients who needs a large reduction then it may be safest to have temporary drains after surgery. The bandages over your breasts will remain in place for the first 24-48 hours after surgery. For the first week after surgery, you will have paper tape over your incision lines which will be removed in the office during a post-operative visit.
After surgery, you will need to refrain from any rigorous activity and lifting anything heavier than 10 lbs for the first 2 weeks. Then, you may begin to perform light exercise, but should avoid chest exercises such as push-ups. You may begin more intense exercise at 4 weeks, and will be released to full activities at 6 weeks post op. Most women can see their final breast reduction results within 2 to 4 months, but your scars may take up to a year to fully resolve.
Q: How do I know if I need a breast reduction or a breast lift?
A: Determining which procedure is right for you has a lot to do with your breast size and volume. If you like the size of your breasts, but don’t like their saggy appearance then you are probably a good candidate for a breast lift. During your consultation, Dr. Sieber will assess your anatomy, talk with you about your goals and give you his recommendation as to which procedure will best suit your individual needs.
Q: One of my breasts is a lot bigger than the other one. Will a breast reduction make them look the same?
A: As with any breast enhancement surgery, the goal is to make both breasts as symmetrical as possible. However, no two breasts are exactly alike. It’s part of what makes us unique.
Q: I have pain in my neck, back, and shoulders. Will a breast reduction help relieve my pain?
A: Breast reduction surgery can make a huge impact on the quality of life for many women.* Regardless of how much tissue is removed from the breast, the majority of breast reduction patients notice an immediate improvement in their pain and discomfort.*
Q: Is breast reduction surgery covered by insurance?
A: This depends on a number of issues. Each insurance company has different requirements for what must be present in order for them to cover the procedure. Certain insurance companies also have a minimum amount of tissue which must be removed. Call your insurance company to see whether or not they cover breast reduction surgery and exactly what parameters need to be met. Bring this information with you to your initial breast reduction consultation.
*Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person. Editorial content, before and after images, and patient testimonials do not constitute a guarantee of specific results.