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Breast Reduction in San Diego, CA

Oversized, cumbersome breasts can develop in your teens due to hormones, weight gain, pregnancy, or age. Women with disproportionately large breasts often experience physical and emotional distress that negatively affects 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.

Dr. Batra performs minor and significant breast reductions for women of all ages who wish for lighter, more comfortable, and manageable breasts.

What Can a Breast Reduction Accomplish?

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. This can make finding clothing that fits easier since your body ratios will be closer to the “standard” range.

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 appearance. Matching the appearance of the breasts enhances comfort and confidence. Breast reduction can be performed on one or both breasts to improve symmetry.

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. Additionally, this surgery makes it easier for women to exercise comfortably.

ImproveEmotional Comfort

Having large breasts doesn’t just hurt physically; they also damage your psychological health. For many women, particularly teens, it can be hard feeling like all anyone sees when they look at you is your breasts. Breast reduction surgery allows the real you to shine, as you will no longer have to worry about your breasts taking over your frame.

What Does a Breast Reduction Involve?

Coastal Plastic Surgeons in San Diego understand that no two surgeries are the same — just as no two patients are the same. We will create customized breast reduction treatment plans to address your concerns and goals.

While breast reduction removes overdeveloped tissue and excess fat, it is performed alongside breast lift techniques to remove excess skin and tighten the underlying tissues for more elevated, perky, youthful-looking breasts.

The first step is your breast reduction consultation, in which our surgeons will listen to your concerns about the size and weight of your breasts and take note of your specific goal. They will carefully review your medical history, examine your breasts, and explain what you can expect before, during, and after your procedure. You will also be provided with an accurate breast reduction cost estimate.

Make the most of your consultation and create a list of questions and concerns to ask Dr. Batra so he can address these and ensure your comfort throughout the process. Your consultation is the time to work with your surgeon to create your ideal treatment plan.

Call Coastal Plastic Surgeons in San Diego today at (858) 365-3558 to learn more about our San Diego breast reduction surgery and schedule your consultation.

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 a 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 includes 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.

The breast reduction/breast lift procedure can be performed alone or included in a more comprehensive body and breast contouring treatment. This procedure is performed on women of all ages. Some will choose this surgery when they are young, others will select it after pregnancy and breastfeeding, and some will turn to it following significant weight loss. Because of this, breast reduction can be combined with the following plastic surgeries.

  • Liposuction can eliminate excess fat surrounding the chest area, including the back, waist, abdomen, arms, and thighs.
  • Tummy tuck surgery can tighten, smooth, and contour the abdomen.
  • Body lift surgery tightens the circumference of your midsection, including your abdomen, waist, back, buttocks, and thighs.
  • Arm lift surgery removes excess skin and fat from the upper arm.
  • Post-bariatric plastic surgery eliminates sagging skin and excess tissues following significant weight loss.

Mommy Makeover surgery combines breast and body procedures to address the areas most affected by childbirth.

Some Common Concerns About Breast Reduction Surgery

How Much Does Breast Reduction Cost in San Diego?

The final cost of your breast reduction reflects 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 procedures
You will be provided an estimate of your breast reduction costs at the end of your consultation. Coastal Plastic Surgeons offer financing options through Alphaeon® and CareCredit® to help their patients make their dream surgery a reality.

What Is Recovery From Breast Reduction Surgery Like?

A compression garment will be wrapped around your breasts to protect the healing incisions, reduce swelling, and ensure that your 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 or months.

Your breast reduction recovery will be easily manageable if 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.

How Painful Is Breast Reduction Surgery?

Breast reduction is performed under local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia to ensure no pain. 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.

Will I Have Scars After a Breast Reduction?

Regardless of the type of breast reduction incision, post-operative scarring on the breast will develop. Dr. Batra will strive 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.

Breast Reduction in San Diego, CA 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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Breast Reduction FAQ

Am I a candidate for a breast reduction?

Breast reduction 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.

Will I need a breast lift with my breast reduction?

While it is not necessarily required, most women who undergo a breast reduction also benefit from breast lift techniques. 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 included. Breast lift surgery raises the breasts to create a more elevated and youthful breast contour.

Can I breastfeed after breast reduction?

Because many young women develop oversized breasts during their teen years, breast reduction pre-pregnancy is common. While breast reduction does not necessarily negate the possibility of breastfeeding, it can cause difficulties when attempting to nurse. You should have this discussion with your surgeon during your consultation if this is a concern.

What risks and side effects are possible after a breast reduction?

Breast reduction surgery is safe, and significant complications are rare. However, breast reduction is an invasive surgical procedure, and risks are present. These include:
  • Adverse 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
You can reduce your risk by following your plastic surgeon’s recommendations before and after your breast reduction.

Will my breast reduction results be permanent?

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.

Coastal Plastic Surgeons for Your San Diego Breast Reduction

Choosing a breast surgeon for your procedure is one of the first and most important steps in achieving desirable breast reduction results. With decades of experience, our board-certified plastic surgeons have performed hundreds of breast surgeries for women of all ages to reduce the size of their oversized breasts. Please call us at (858) 365-3558 to learn more.

Our San Diego plastic surgeons are renowned in Southern California for their expertise and extensive backgrounds in successful breast reductions and other breast surgeries, including breast augmentation, breast lifts, and breast revisions.