Breast Reduction

Breasts that are too large for a woman’s body can cause a number of physical problems and have an impact on one’s self-esteem. Fortunately, our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Eric Okamoto, offers advanced breast reduction options that can reduce the negative effects caused by overly large breasts and create a more proportionate breast size.

What are the benefits of breast reduction?

Breast reduction can help women address many common concerns associated with excess fat or tissue in the breasts. The potential benefits of this procedure include:

  • Relief from back, neck, and shoulder strain caused by enlarged breasts
  • Increased mobility to freely move about and exercise
  • Reduction of skin rashes caused by excess moisture on the undersides of the breasts
  • The ability to fit into desired clothing
  • Less sagging or drooping of the breasts
  • Reduced potential for bra-strap indentations
  • Less self-consciousness

Removing the excess weight and repositioning the breasts can ameliorate most, if not all, of the problems that heavy breasts create. In general, any woman desiring smaller breasts for cosmetic or symptomatic reasons is a candidate for a breast reduction. Dr. Okamoto will meet with you for an initial consultation to evaluate your needs, answer your questions, and determine your candidacy for breast reduction.

View before-and-after breast reduction photos to see some of the results created by Dr. Okamoto.

The Breast Reduction Procedure

During breast reduction surgery, the areolar position is lifted to a more youthful height and a considerable amount of the breast tissue is removed to lessen the strain on the musculoskeletal system. The residual scars left after this procedure depend upon the surgical method. For the most part, the classical “anchor” incisions have been replaced with a much smaller scar that no longer requires a scar line running underneath the breasts. Presently, a more typical scar is similar to the breast lift scar, one that is limited to around the areola with a vertical extension from the inferior areolar rim down to a point somewhere above the crease running below the breast. This scar looks more like a balloon on a string rather than an anchor outline.  Regardless, Dr. Okamoto will work diligently to minimize the appearance of whatever scars are necessary for the reduction.

Breast Reduction Recovery

Each patient’s individual needs and goals are unique, and therefore the recovery process varies. In some cases, patients are able to return to work or other daily routines in about two weeks following breast reduction surgery; others may require several weeks. A surgical bra worn for a few days following the operation should help facilitate healing. There will likely be some swelling, bruising, and general discomfort in the breasts after surgery; however, residual pain can be managed with medication. Patients should avoid lifting heavy objects and engaging in strenuous activities for at least three to four weeks after breast reduction surgery.

While breast reduction surgery is often covered by individual insurance programs, Dr. Okamoto only provides this service on a non-insurance basis; however, our practice offers a number of convenient payment options and we work with CareCredit®, one of the most reputable healthcare financing companies in the nation. CareCredit® makes it possible for qualified applicants to obtain low- and no-interest monthly payment plans to help bring treatment into their budget.

If you would like more information on breast reduction, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Eric Okamoto, please contact us today.