Breast Reduction

Breast Reduction in Los Angeles, CA

Breast reduction, also known as reduction mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure to remove excess fat, tissue, and skin from the breasts. If you have large breasts, you might consider breast reduction surgery to reduce discomfort, enable a wider range of physical activity, and achieve a breast size more in proportion to your body.

Women with large, pendulous breasts may experience discomfort, back pain, neck strain, and other problems from the excessive weight and low center of gravity of their breasts. If you experience this discomfort and pain in your daily activities, you may forego exercise, which can affect your health and ability to maintain your desired weight. In addition, it’s normal to feel self-conscious about breasts that are disproportionate to your body size and shape.

We offer breast reduction surgery in Los Angeles to help women get relief from the pain, physical limitations, and mental distress associated with oversized, heavy breasts. Dr. Bresnick is a top breast surgeon and has helped thousands of women feel more confident with their breast appearance. In his hands, the breast reduction surgery gives a woman smaller, attractively shaped breasts that complement the figure and put less strain on the back.

What Happens In Breast Reduction Surgery?

We’ll perform your breast reduction procedure at the Encino Surgicenter, which is right next door to our office. During the breast reduction procedure, excess breast tissue is removed, the remaining tissue is reshaped, the breast skin is tightened, and the nipple and areola are lifted and reduced, if necessary.

We customize each reduction mammoplasty to the patient’s unique needs. We’ll talk with you about your desired breast size and shape to ensure that we create a new look you’ll love.

How Can Breast Reduction Improve My Health and My Life?

Breast reduction surgery relieves the physical strain and distress caused by heavy breasts and brings other lifestyle benefits.

The physical benefits of reduction mammoplasty may include:

  • Relief from chronic back, neck, and shoulder pain
  • Improved posture
  • Fewer headaches and migraines
  • Relief from skin irritation and rashes under the breasts and on the abdomen
  • Elimination of painful indentations from bra straps on the shoulders
  • Better breast symmetry
  • Improved health when smaller breasts enable you to be more physically active

Breast reduction can also improve your quality of life. You may experience emotional and lifestyle benefits, such as:

  • A more positive self-image and increased self-confidence
  • Less embarrassment over breast appearance
  • Ability to engage in a wider range of physical activities
  • More clothing choices and better clothing fit

These benefits vary from patient to patient. We can give you a better idea of the positive changes you may experience after your reduction mammoplasty consultation with Dr. Bresnick.

Am I a Good Candidate for Breast Reduction Surgery?

You may be a good candidate for breast reduction surgery if you suffer from physical discomfort or pain due to large, heavy breasts, or if you are embarrassed about your appearance. Ideal patients are in good health and do not smoke.

Dr. Bresnick will consult with you before scheduling the procedure to explain how the surgery can change the size and shape of your breasts and what you can expect in recovery. He will want you to make your decision based on full information so that you have realistic expectations and are satisfied with the outcome.

What Can I Expect in Recovery After Breast Reduction Surgery?

Most patients find the recovery from the procedure to be easier than they expected. Most women return home later in the day of the procedure to recover. We recommend that you arrange for a trusted adult to drive you home and to remain with you for the first day.

To improve your comfort during recovery, we use a long-lasting anesthetic and provide pain medication. We suggest that you rest during the first few days after the procedure.

We see our patients often during the recovery process. For the first week, you should plan to have a friend, family member, or a transport service bring you to appointments. After that, you can drive yourself to your appointments. If you have a desk-type job, you should be able to return to work in 7 to 10 days.  If you have a physically strenuous job, you may need to take several weeks off from work. It is generally safe to resume exercise in 4 to 6 weeks.

Breast Reduction FAQ's
Am I a Good Candidate for a Breast Reduction?

You may be a good candidate for breast reduction surgery if you have large, heavy breasts. Ideal patients are in good health and do not smoke.

Is Breast Reduction Surgery Painful?

Our goal is to help you feel as comfortable as possible during the surgery and recovery process. We use a variety of techniques and pain reduction methods to make the procedure more comfortable. We’ll discuss your options for pain control as part of the plan for your surgery. Our reduction mammoplasty patients often find that the procedure makes daily life less painful once they’ve recovered, and they report experiencing less back and neck pain. 

How Much Smaller Will My Breasts Be After Reduction Mammoplasty?

We’ll work with you to determine your ideal breast size. Our goal is to create breasts that are more comfortable and better in proportion to your body. Reduction mammoplasty can significantly reduce breast size.

Does Breast Reduction Surgery Leave Visible Scars?

The incisions for breast reduction in most cases require a line around the areola, a vertical line between the areola and breast crease, and a line in the breast crease. At first, these incisions will be dark and red, but for the vast majority of patients the lines fade nicely with time. The amount of scarring you experience will depend on how your body heals. Most patients are very happy with their final breast appearance after reduction mammoplasty.

Will Breast Reduction Surgery Affect My Ability to Breastfeed?

Nipple sensitivity and the ability to breastfeed are typically maintained with the breast reduction techniques that Dr. Bresnick uses.

Why Should I Choose Dr. Bresnick as My Breast Reduction Surgeon?

As one of the top breast surgeons in Los Angeles, Dr. Bresnick offers his patients outstanding results. He is board certified with more than 25 years of plastic surgery experience. Dr. Bresnick’s friendly demeanor and welcoming staff set our practice apart from the rest.

How Much Scarring Can I Expect After Reduction Mammoplasty?

To effectively reduce the size of the breasts, Dr. Bresnick will need to make several incisions. At first these incisions will be dark and red, but in time they will fade. Patients report significant improvement in the appearance of their scarring over the first year. The amount of scarring you’ll experience depends on how your body heals. Most patients are very happy with their final breast appearance after reduction mammoplasty.

Is Breast Reduction Covered by Insurance?

While breast reduction surgery may have physical benefits —relief from chronic back, neck, and shoulder pain, for example — most medical insurance plans consider it a cosmetic procedure and may not cover it.

Your Breast Reduction Virtual Consultation with Dr. Bresnick

In addition to in-person consultations, we now offer live virtual consultation appointments over videochat. Patients can now speak one on one with Dr. Bresnick just as they would in a traditional consultation from their own home. Dr. Bresnick will work with you to determine the best options for you specifically, fill in any gaps in understanding that you may have, and give you plenty of time to speak and ask questions. We invite you to schedule your virtual consultation with Dr. Bresnick today!

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