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Reduction Mammaplasty (Breast Reduction)

Breast reduction, also known as reduction mammoplasty, is a procedure that reshapes the breasts in order to make them smaller, lighter and more firm. For many patients, large breasts cause physical pain as well as anxiety in social situations. Breast reduction often makes exercise more comfortable, can make fitting clothes easier and gives a more proportionate appearance.

Some reasons our patients consider breast reduction include back or neck pain caused by the weight of excessively heavy breasts, bra-strap marks or indentations, rashes under the breast, breast sagging, and disproportionately large breasts on a small frame. Your insurance may cover part or all of the procedure, particularly if you have documented rash, bra-strap marks, and/or back pain.

The breast reduction operation is done through an incision that encircles the areola and is carried down to below the breast. Dr. Le will choose the incision most appropriate for your situation. He will then remove the excess breast tissue, fat and skin and reposition the nipple and use suture to secure the nipple and pull the remaining breast tissue and skin back together to recreate an aesthetically pleasing, smaller, firmer breast. Liposuction of the sides of the breast may also be necessary to create a beautiful result.

What you can expect:

Most breast reduction operations last 3-4 hours and are done under general anesthesia. You will most likely go home the same day and will have a special bra to wear. You should continue to wear the special garments provided for several weeks after the surgery and adhere to the guidelines for limitation in activity that we will provide to you in order to minimize complications and get the best cosmetic result. You can expect some bruising, swelling, soreness and areas of numbness that may or may not resolve. It is important to know that all breast reduction surgery carries the risk of bleeding, infection, asymmetry, difficulty healing and permanent loss of sensation. Generally, strenuous activity is prohibited for 1 month after breast reduction surgery. It takes several months to a year for your scars to mature and reach their final result.

It would be our pleasure to answer your questions and provide you with more information about our breast reduction procedures. Please call our Los Gatos Office at 408-370-1110 for an appointment with Dr. Le or email our New Patient Coordinator, Tiffany To, at tiffany@drjonathanle.com

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