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Breast Reduction

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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

Quick Facts

  • Length: 2-3 hours
  • Anesthesia: General
  • Inpt/Outpt: Outpatient
  • Side effects: swelling, bruising, temporary numbness, asymmetry
  • Recovery: 1-2 weeks

To find out more about a breast reduction with Dr. David Sieber at Sieber Plastic Surgery, call us today at: 415-915-9000 or schedule a consultation here.

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.


I couldn’t be more pleased and excited about the refresh Dr. Sieber did on my face using a combination of botox and fillers. I had a baby a year ago and my face looked completely deflated. It felt to me that I looked like I had aged 5 years instantly by having a baby over 40. Dr. Sieber looked closely at my face and listened to my desires and fears in terms of the results I was seeking. I really liked that he took a conservative approach and followed up to check in and tweak things once the fillers and I had time to settle in.*

Dr. Sieber is a caring, friendly and talented doctor. I had two long consultations (free of charge) before scheduling my BBL (Brazilian butt lift). The staff and Dr. Sieber made me feel calm and relaxed the day of surgery. The results are amazing. Dr. Sieber understands a woman’s body and totally changed the shape of mine. I could not recommend him highly enough. I now go to him for my Botox and Juvederm.*

Dr. Sieber was fantastic throughout the entire process. From the beginning, he was patient with my questions and never made me feel pressured about making a decision. Once deciding that I was going to move forward with a breast augmentation, he made sure that I understood the process of the procedure and what I could expect post-surgery. I could not be happier with the results!*

Dr. Sieber is the best. I interviewed with numerous doctors. He pays close attention to detail. He called and checked on me and my results on a regular basis. My tummy procedure exceeded my expectation.*

Dr Sieber was very kind, knowledgeable and patient. He was able to answer all of my questions and put me completely at ease during the consultation as well as during the actual procedure. He made sure that I understood each part of the process which went a long way in alleviating my fears…after all, this is my face!*

*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. All images feature models except for before and after images.

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Dr. Dave Sieber and his staff are so awesome! Dr. Sieber is personable yet professional, his work is impeccable. He listens to his patient and works with them to achieve what they want. He’s like my hair dresser, a magician, you just want to do a happy dance with the results, only these results are lasting. Ok, but seriously, the procedure was very smooth, the staff and the doctors (Dr Sieber and the anesthesiologist) had great communication and made sure I was comfortable with very clear and concise pre op and post op directions. The healing process was very easy and the results are FABULOUS. Side note, Dr. Sieber has really awesome skin, I feel like this is impressive and important because really, would you trust a dentist with bad teeth? I am so elated and satisfied with the results, the size is perfect and they look and feel very natural. They are exactly what I wanted.*

Dr. Sieber is a doctor who is not only extremely knowledgeable about the latest in cosmetic procedures, but a doctor who truly cares about his patients. I highly recommend him!*

Dr. Sieber is a doctor who is not only extremely knowledgeable about the latest in cosmetic procedures, but a doctor who truly cares about his patients. I highly recommend him!*

Dr. Sieber is attentive, responsive, and well trained. I had seen him for Botox and filler and he had done both without any pain or bruising and more importantly the results were fabulous. He has met with me on time at each appointment. He communicates what to expect, made sure I was comfortable throughout the procedure, checked on my healing every day post procedure. He couldn’t be more delightful not more talented. I had seen other plastic surgeons for in office treatments over the past decade and Dr. Sieber is at the top of the list in terms of delivering the desired outcome and high quality care.*

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