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Breast Reduction in San Diego

Oversized, cumbersome breasts can develop as early as your teens due to hormones or can result from weight gain, pregnancy, or age. Women with disproportionately large breasts often experience physical and emotional distress that negatively affects all aspects of their lives.

We at Coastal Plastic Surgeons offer breast reduction surgery, or reduction mammoplasty, for women in San Diego who are unhappy with the appearance of their overdeveloped bustline. This surgery removes glandular tissue and skin to create smaller breasts that are more proportionate to the rest of the body.

What Can Breast Reduction Do?

ReduceOversized Breasts

Large, heavy breasts place unnatural stresses on the body, affect posture, and draw unwanted attention. Breast reduction surgery reduces breast tissue, fat, and skin so that the breasts remain in proportion to the rest of the body.

Create MoreSymmetrical Breasts

While some oversized breasts develop evenly, others do not. Breast reduction corrects breast asymmetry by reducing one or both breasts to achieve a balanced breast appearance. Matching the appearance of the breasts enhances comfort and confidence.

ImprovePhysical Comfort

Overdeveloped breasts are linked to back, neck, and chest pain, indentations on the shoulders from strained bra straps, and rashes beneath the breasts. Reduction surgery relieves these symptoms and allows women to gain comfort with lighter breasts.

What Are My Breast Reduction Options?

Donut Incision

  • The donut incision is appropriate for women desiring minimal reduction
  • The incision encircles the areola
  • The nipple and areola are not repositioned
  • Resulting scars are hidden along the darker edge of the areola and can be covered with bras and bathing suits

Lollipop Incision

  • The lollipop incision allows for greater reduction than the donut lift
  • This technique is appropriate for women desiring a moderate amount of tissue reduction
  • The lollipop incision begins with a donut incision (around the areola) and extends to include a vertical incision from the bottom of the areola to the lower breast crease
  • Breast tissue and excess skin are removed
  • The nipple and areola can be repositioned
  • Resulting scars can be hidden beneath bras and bathing suits

Anchor Incision

  • The anchor incision is the most common incision option for breast reduction
  • This option allows for significant tissue removal
  • For the anchor reduction, the lollipop incision is extended to include a horizontal line along the breast crease (inframammary fold)
  • Breast tissue and excess skin are removed
  • The nipple and areola can be repositioned
  • Resulting scars can be hidden beneath bras and bathing suits

What Are Your Concerns About Breast Reduction?

A compression garment will be wrapped around your breasts following your breast reduction to protect the healing incisions, reduce swelling, and ensure that your reduced breasts heal with the correct shape and placement. This garment should be worn for a few weeks before switching to a sports bra. An underwire bra should not be worn for several weeks.

Your breast reduction recovery will be easily manageable as long as you take the necessary time to rest. Your breasts will be swollen and sore for the first one to two weeks of your recovery. After that time, much of the swelling will subside, and you can resume your regular activities. You should avoid extensive exercise and lifting for four to six weeks.
Breast reduction is performed under local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia to ensure that there is no pain during the surgery. Mild to moderate pain may develop following the procedure as the bruising and swelling reach their peak. Any discomfort can be lessened with prescribed or over-the-counter pain medication.
Regardless of the type of breast reduction incision, post-operative scarring on the breast will develop. Dr. Batra makes every effort to make the scars as unobtrusive and insignificant as possible. These scars will be easily hidden beneath the bathing suits and bras, and all scars will fade with time.
The final cost of your breast reduction is a reflection of the skill and experience of your surgeon and the techniques required to achieve your desired results. Your breast reduction cost will vary depending on the extent of reduction needed as well as the following:
  • Anesthesia fees
  • Facility fees
  • Geographical location
  • Surgeon’s fees
  • Combined breast lift
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the average cost of breast reduction is $5,680.

Breast Reduction Results

View our gallery page for the procedures and treatments at Coastal Plastic Surgeons. At Coastal Plastic Surgeons, we believe in our methods and techniques for lasting results that can change your life. We offer procedures on everything from breast augmentation and body contouring, to facial aesthetics, hair restoration, and skin resurfacing. Every treatment is displayed here in our gallery.

Patient Testimonials

I couldn’t ask for a better surgeon and I love my outcome!!! I get compliments all the time on how perfect my breasts are and would recommend him to anyone! Including my good friend who also got a breast augmentation from Dr. Batra and can’t stop talking about them! Thanks Dr. Batra, you and your staff are amazing!
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I would recommend Dr Batra to friends and family. He was very professional in the last year at all visits and during my surgery. I trusted that he would do a good job and my results were better than I expected.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Breast reduction surgery helps women who experience physical and emotional stress due to the size and weight of their oversized breasts. Women who are candidates for this procedure do not smoke, are in good health, and have realistic expectations about the outcome of their breast reduction. While there is no ideal age for a breast reduction, your breasts must be fully developed. This will often occur in your late teens.
While it is not necessarily required, most women who undergo a breast reduction also benefit from a breast lift. Large, heavy breasts often cause breast skin and muscles to sag prematurely. And while breast reduction surgery removes excess glandular tissue and fat, it does not necessarily tighten the sagging tissues. This is why a breast lift is often necessary. Breast lift surgery raises the breasts to create a more elevated and youthful breast contour.
Breast reduction surgery is safe, and significant complications are rare. Breast reduction is an invasive surgical procedure, however, and risks are present. These include:
  • Negative reactions to the anesthesia
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Loss of skin or nipple sensation, which can be temporary or permanent
  • Blood clots
  • Prolonged wound healing
  • Unfavorable scarring
  • Reduction or loss of ability to breastfeed
While the results of your breast reduction will not be lost with time, they can be affected by external factors like pregnancy or weight gain. To maintain your breast reduction results, you should follow a healthy lifestyle and keep a stable weight. Most women remain satisfied with their smaller breasts for many years.
Choosing a breast surgeon for your procedure is one of the first and most important steps in achieving desirable breast reduction results. With over two decades of experience, Dr. Batra has performed hundreds of breast surgeries for women of all ages to reduce the size of their oversized breasts. He is one of the most experienced surgeons offering breast surgery in the San Diego area, and he looks forward to discussing your procedure with you during a consultation.