Breast Reduction Overview
Even though large breasts are a part of many women’s body wish list, overly large breasts can cause pain, discomfort and even embarrassment for some women. If a woman experiences any of these issues, she can choose to have breast reduction surgery, which removes excessive skin and fat from the breasts. After Seattle area plastic surgeon, Dr. Marosan, performs this surgery, the breasts will appear smaller with a better shape and be more proportionate to the rest of the body. The contoured breasts will also help to enhance a woman’s overall figure.
Taking extra care, Dr. Marosan will utilize the lollipop scar, or short scar, method to minimize the look of scars for beautiful, natural-looking results.
Breast Reduction Reviews
"47 and Finally Did It! Breast Reduction and Lift! - Bellevue, WA - Dr. Marosan is wonderful, he made me feel comfortable and answered all of my questions thoroughly and without judgement."- D. / RealSelf / Jun 21, 2016
"SOOOO Happy with Results!!! - I have been an avid athlete my whole life, but after having and breastfeeding two kids , I was left with a body that didn't feel like my own. My breasts were huge, saggy and uneven and my stomach was soft and saggy. I decided to have Dr. Marosan do a breast reduction/lift and Vaser lipo on my back and abdomen and flanks. I am so impressed with the results!!! I wasn't sure if I wanted to get the liposuction, and even thought it was extremely painful and leaky for the first three weeks, the results are incredible! My breasts are smaller and much higher. I used to have muffin tops over my jeans, and now I get compliments on how "skinny" I look in the same jeans. There is no amount of diet and exercise that could produce the results Dr. Marosan achieved on my stomach and back - I know because I was working out every day and eating clean before I finally decided to have a surgical consult. Dr. Marosan was extremely pleasant to work with and provided me with numerous options for my breasts and body. I would highly recommend Dr. Marosan to anyone interested in breast work or lipo!!"- S. / RealSelf / Jan 09, 2017
Breast Reduction Surgical Technique
It is important to find a highly skilled surgeon who has experience with this procedure. It is important to maintain a good blood supply to the nipple areola complex as there is risk of discoloration and loss of sensation when blood flow is restricted. Liposuction is also implemented to remove the excess fat while the loose skin will be excised and tightened to form the newly shaped breasts. This procedure is also implemented as a way to correct an issue of breast asymmetry.
The most common incision for breast reduction is what's called “the anchor” or a vertical T. With this kind of approach, the incision is made around the areola, extends vertically down to the breast crease, and then is followed by another horizontal incision along the direction of the fold. The areola will be repositioned once the breasts have been resized and reshaped. A lift will also be done so that the breasts will be placed higher on the chest. Dr. Marosan employs the lollipop scar technique for a vertical lift in most of the patients. Occasionally, a small horizontal scar is placed under the breast crease lateral from the vertical scar as a "J" extension. No scar is placed under the crease medially or in the cleavage.
Breast Reduction During/After Surgery
Breast reduction is always done in our AAAASF accredited surgical suite under intravenous sedation as an outpatient procedure. The surgery usually takes about 2 to 4 hours. For the first several weeks, the surgeon will recommend the use of a supportive bra to protect the breasts. Patients may go back to work within 5-10 days and may resume physical activities (such as exercise) between 6-8 weeks post-operative. Results following a breast reduction are usually visible immediately after the surgery. Nipple sensitivity will gradually return within the first year. Breast reduction patients are one of our happiest patients due to the symptomatic relief from heavy, large breasts, and the aesthetic improvement.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $7,000 - $8,300
- Recovery Time
- 1-4 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 3-4 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- Next Day
- Procedure Recovery Location
Breast Reduction FAQs
Will Results Last?
Breast reduction is a long-term solution for patients who are affected with excessively large breasts. In cases where there is significant weight gain, the results may be compromised just like any cosmetic procedure that modifies body shape. Natural aging and gravity will take their toll over time and will still affect the breasts with or without the reduction. It is important to maintain a good health routine so that the enhancement lasts for a long time.
For women with larger breasts, the areola is also excessively large. In a breast reduction surgery, an areola reduction is also done. As an incision is made surrounding the areola, the excess skin will also be trimmed so that it is proportional to the breasts’ new shape.
How Much Reduction?
This varies depending on the doctor’s initial evaluation and the patient’s preference. Often, the reduction results in a cup or two smaller from the original breast size.