Breast Reduction Overview
Breast reduction surgery reduces the size of the breasts so they are in better proportion with a patient’s body. Dr. Yaker has helped countless Plano area women restore their confidence and improve the physical symptoms that can result from having excessively large breasts. These women often struggle with neck and back pain, as well as a range of skin infections. In addition, they sometimes find it difficult to exercise and effectively lose weight because of the size of their breasts. During this surgery, Dr. Yaker removes excess tissue and skin, and then lifts the breasts and repositions the areola. Dr. Yaker will discuss the surgical techniques, including incision patterns and lift options, during the initial consultation.
Breast Reduction Reviews
"Dr. Yaker, For the first time in my whole life I am proud of my breasts. I never believed this could happen…and at your hands it did. Thank you for everything! Sincerely, J.W."- J.W. / Office Visit / Nov 12, 2014
"Dr. Yaker Two years ago on October 15th you changed my life for the better, when you performed an excellent breast reduction surgery! I will never forget how wonderful you are!!! K.G."- K.G. / Office Visit / Nov 12, 2014
"Dr. Yaker, I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate the breast reduction surgery you performed on me and how happy I am with the results. I am now able to participate in everyday activities and I am looking forward to using equipment at the gym that was difficult prior to surgery. I feel like a new person and I wanted to thank you for making me feel more confident about myself, Sincerely,"- K.G. / Office Visit / Nov 12, 2014
"Dr Yaker and his staff were outstanding ! From my consult to recovery - I was given the absolute best care ! My results from my breast reduction & liposuction are better than I ever hoped for . Dr Yaker is an artist !!!! I had the very best results possible . Thank you Dr Yaker & staff from the bottom of my heart ."- Anonymous / RateMDs / Mar 10, 2014
"I had a breast reduction and lift. BEST decision of my life. Dr. Yakar was FABULOUS! I would do this surgery again in a minute! I had no bruising, no swelling and only had to take one pain pill after surgery. I had my surgery 10 years ago and everything is still GREAT! Highly Recommend Dr. Yakar....he is GREAT!"- Google User / Google / Jun 06, 2011
Breast Reduction Surgical Technique
During breast reduction surgery, surgeon skill is important. In addition to minimizing scarring, there will be a focus on maintaining a healthy blood supply to the nipple areola complex. This is essential because once the nipple and areola are repositioned, blood vessels will work to reestablish blood flow in order to prevent discoloration of the nipple and loss of feeling. Excess breast tissue is generally removed through a liposuction method and loose skin will also be surgically removed.
An “anchor” incision is one of the most commonly used techniques during this surgery. An incision is made around the areola, which extends down to follow the natural curve and crease of the breast. It is also referred to as a vertical “T”. Once the breast is resized and reshaped, the nipple and areola will be repositioned and then the lift will be performed so the breast sits higher on the chest. The incisions will generally include absorbable stitches on the inside of the breast. There are variations to this incision pattern that can be used depending on breast size and aesthetic goals.
Breast Reduction During/After Surgery
A breast reduction is performed under general anesthesia at an accredited surgical facility as an outpatient procedure. It typically takes about 2-4 hours to complete. During surgery, a training tube may be placed to control bleeding and swelling. For the first several weeks, patients will be directed to wear a surgical bra or compression garment. Most patients are able to return to work within 1-2 weeks, and may begin exercising by 4-6 weeks. The visible results of a breast reduction will be immediate. However, it may take 6 months or longer for nipple sensitivity to return.
Breast Reduction Expected Cost
Because larger breasts sometimes create physical problems for women, insurance may cover a portion of breast reduction surgery. Insurance coverage does vary, thus patients should confirm with their provider as to what will or will not be covered. After the initial consultation, our office will be able to submit an official surgery recommendation letter to the insurance company to assist in gaining coverage. Our billing and insurance coordinator will work with each patient on this. The average cost for a breast reduction procedure with a lift averages between $7,000-$8,500.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $7,000 - $8,500
- Recovery Time
- 2-5 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2-5 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1-3 Days
- Procedure Recovery Location
- In & Outpatient
Breast Reduction FAQ's
The results following breast reduction surgery should remain the same as long as a significant amount of weight gain does not occur. The natural aging process and gravity will, over time, change the laxity of a woman’s breast, but the size should remain steady if there is not a pregnancy or weight gain that follows.
One of the drawbacks to having excessively large breasts is an enlarged areola (the slightly darker area surrounding the nipple). Thankfully, breast reduction surgery corrects this. Since the incision occurs around the areola, it is a relatively simple technique to trim away the desired amount of areola and reshape it into a smaller size so it looks proportional with the new breast size and shape.
Average Reduction Size?
This varies depending on the patient’s aesthetic and physical goals. After breast reduction surgery, it is common to go down a complete cup size, if not two.