Breast Reduction

Vatche B. Bardakjian, MD -  - Cosmetic & Plastic Surgeon

Cosmetic Surgery Glendale

Vatche B. Bardakjian, MD

Cosmetic & Plastic Surgeon located in Glendale, CA

Breast reduction can help women feel more confident about the way they look, and it can also decrease back and neck pain. Cosmetic Surgery Glendale in Glendale, CA, helps women get the results they're looking for with advanced techniques designed to provide superior results.

Breast Reduction Q & A

What is breast reduction surgery?

Breast reduction surgery, or mammaplasty, is a procedure that removes excess fat, skin and glandular tissue from breasts that appear over large or out of proportion with the rest of the body, or which cause back pain or shoulder pain. Many people with heavy breasts also have deep troughs in the shoulder tissue where bra straps have exerted significant pressure.

How is breast reduction performed?

Breast reduction surgery uses an incision to access the tissue inside the breast so it can be removed. The incision is typically located on one of three areas:

  • Encircling the areola and nipple
  • Encircling the areola and nipple and then extending down in a single straight line to the breast crease
  • An upside-down T-shaped incision extending from the areola down to and along the breast crease

The placement and shape of the incision will depend on the amount of tissue being removed, the anatomy of the breast and other factors. Once the incision has been made, excess tissue will be removed from the breast and the remaining tissue will be carefully reshaped. The areola will be reduced in size if necessary, and the nipple will be repositioned. The incision will be closed in layers using very small sutures or stitches to help the area heal properly and to stabilize the tissue in its new shape. Surgical tape or glue may be used to close the upper layers of skin, and a compression bandage may also be used to reduce swelling. Sometimes liposuction will be performed at the same time as a breast reduction to remove excessive amounts of fat. Either sedation or general anesthesia may be used for the procedure, which can be performed on an outpatient basis.

What is recovery like?

During recovery, there will be some discomfort and swelling as the tissue remodels itself in its new location. Wearing a form-fitting sports bra or compression garment can help reduce swelling and support tissues as they heal. Most women can resume many of their normal activities within a few days, with complete healing taking a few weeks.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

Plastic surgery is often considered “elective surgery” which is not covered by most insurance plans. There are some operations that have a significant functional aspect such as breast reduction because the weight of your breasts causes you pain or interferes with normal activities. In this instance, it may be considered reconstructive rather than cosmetic. Please call our office and we may recommend that your insurance company is contacted before surgery to determine whether coverage is available. For those patients desiring alternative payment methods, most credit cards, cashier's checks and cash are also accepted. We also deal directly with Care Credit for patient financing.

Blue Shield of California