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What is Breast Reduction?

For many women, large breasts can be physically uncomfortable and cause feelings of self-consciousness in social situations. When a large breast size dominates a patient’s appearance, it can cause an array of physical and emotional burdens, including back and shoulder pain, difficulty finding clothing, skin rashes, and the diminished ability to lead an active lifestyle. While these symptoms can be challenging to live with, our board-certified plastic surgeon offers breast reduction to eliminate the discomfort and physical burdens caused by large breasts while restoring a higher, more balanced profile in relation to your unique figure.

One of the most important aspects of undergoing breast reduction surgery is finding an experienced cosmetic surgeon to perform your procedure. Dr. Wesley Schooler of the Santa Barbara Plastic Surgery Center is highly experienced in helping women enhance their natural curves and beauty with breast surgery. With your aesthetic goals in mind, Dr. Schooler can renew your breasts with results that appear more proportionately to your body frame.

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“My friends all think I lost a lot of weight, my confidence has skyrocketed, and my posture is better! Now I can wear strapless bras and dresses!”

-Breast Reduction Patient

Who is a Candidate for Breast Reduction?

During your initial consultation, you will learn if you are a qualified candidate for breast reduction. One qualification is that the breasts must be fully developed, unless serious discomfort is present. Also, women who are planning on breastfeeding should not undergo breast reduction, as many of the milk ducts used for lactation are removed during breast reduction surgery. In general, you may benefit from breast reduction if you wish to achieve a more proportionate breast size or struggle with the following symptoms:

As with any other surgery, being able to emotionally handle the procedure is important. During your breast reduction consultation, Dr. Wesley Schooler will go over all of the information you need to know about breast reduction surgery. We will advise you on the risks and benefits associated with the procedure and you will learn about pre- and post-operative instructions, along with the healing time typical of breast reduction surgery.

How is Breast Reduction Surgery Performed?

Dr. Schooler usually performs breast reduction as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia. During the procedure, excess fatty and glandular tissue, in addition to redundant skin, is removed to reduce the breast size. This typically enhances the breast shape, with the surgery including some of the cosmetic benefits of a breast lift to a certain extent. At the time of surgery, the type of incision used to access the breast tissue will depend on your needs and the degree of reduction desired. Dr. Schooler will either place the incision around the areola, in a keyhole shape encircling the areola, or in an anchor-like fashion along the breast crease. The underlying breast tissue will then be reduced and reshaped according to your goals for surgery. If desired, the nipples and areolas may be raised or resized as well.

What is Recovery From a Breast Reduction Like?

After breast reduction, a support bra or compression garment may be worn to decrease swelling and facilitate proper healing of your new breast shape. Patients usually experience normal post-operative swelling and/or bruising, but oral pain medications can help manage any discomfort. Most women who have undergone breast reduction require roughly one week to ten days of downtime before they return to their daily routines. Strenuous work and aerobic exercise should be avoided for at least four weeks, or until Dr. Schooler informs you that it’s safe to resume such activities. As swelling gradually subsides, the final outcome of surgery will generally improve. Those who have undergone breast reduction are usually among the happiest cosmetic surgery patients, with the procedure often considered incredibly rewarding.

Will I Have Breast Reduction Scars?

Any scarring from breast reduction surgery will mirror the shape of your incision. While the scar will likely always remain present, it can be easily concealed under a bra or swimsuit top. Additionally, following Dr. Schooler’s instructions on proper wound care can allow the best healing of your incisions and increase the likelihood that your breast reduction scars will fade to some extent over time.

How Much Does Breast Reduction Cost?

Breast reduction is priced according to the details of your unique procedure; therefore, it is impossible to determine an accurate cost estimate without first assessing your needs. Factors that can affect the cost of breast reduction include the technique used during surgery and the extent of reduction necessary, as well as fees for the surgical facility, anesthesia, and post-operative care, among other expenses. Our patient care coordinator will be able to provide you with a personalized quote after Dr. Schooler evaluates your concerns in a consultation.

The Santa Barbara Plastic Surgery Center accepts plastic surgery financing from CareCredit® and Alphaeon Credit™, two reputable healthcare lending institutions that can make your breast reduction expenses more manageable. Simply apply through the fast application process and, once approved, select from a range of low- to no-interest payment plans. The payment options offered by these financing companies can allow qualified applicants to achieve their desired cosmetic enhancement while accommodating virtually any budget.

To learn more about breast reduction, or to schedule a confidential consultation, please contact us today.