Breast Reduction

Consultations offered at our three convenient locations in La Jolla, Coronado and Del Mar

Does the size and weight of your breasts cause you discomfort? Consider Breast reduction. Larger breasts can be irritating and lead to asymmetrical developments or other health issues. Patients often experience secondary health problems and feel self-conscious of the appearance of their breasts if they appear excessive. If you have a difficult time finding bras that are comfortable and are frustrated with your chest when performing daily activities, the breast reduction can provide relief.

Dr. Brown is highly skilled at performing both a traditional breast reduction and the breast reduction using the Bellesoma Method.

About Breast Reductions

A breast reduction procedure, or reduction mammaplasty, removes excess tissues and skin to provide smaller, lighter, more shapely breasts.

Patients who receive this treatment often have macromastia, the abnormal enlargement of breast tissue. Disproportionately large breasts are often both physically and emotionally stressful. Physical discomfort is often experienced because of the weight of the breasts. Daily activities such as sports or exercise may become painful and the patient can become embarrassed by their appearance.

Breast reductions are performed on people for both practical and cosmetic reasons. We encourage anyone who is interested in the benefits of a reduction mammaplasty to reach out and schedule a consultation!

Before & After Photos

The Bellesoma Method

Dr. Brown is a board-certified plastic surgeon who was recently featured in Boss magazine for his Bellesoma technique that promotes minimal scarring. He is known to deliver attractive, natural results and has high patient satisfaction. Dr. Brown is one of five doctors in the world performing Bellesoma breast techniques. This technique rejuvenates the breasts without leaving unattractive vertical scarring. Any incisions are hidden within the natural contours and borders of the breasts.

The Bellesoma method begins during your personal consultation.

Dr. Brown will use Bellesoma software that is specifically made to analyze the physical volume and dimensions of the breasts by pinpointing twenty-five points on each breast. The software then creates a 3D map of the breasts that helps Together, you and Dr. Brown customize a plan for the future surgery that will address your concerns. This technology will allow you to see the results of techniques and help you to understand what your final outcome will be. There are many benefits to receiving a breast reduction with Bellesoma technology, these advantages include:

  • No vertical scars
  • Customized surgical plans
  • Preserves nipple sensation and helps allows patients to breastfeed in the future
  • Long lasting results

Incisions are made along the breast crease and areola, therefore any scars will be hidden under the breast and along the natural border of the areola. Bellesoma is a revolutionary procedure because of the cutting-edge technology it implements for treatment planning. With this technology, he is able to remove excess tissue with precision and efficiency.

Benefits

Regardless of whether you receive a traditional breast reduction or implement the Bellesoma method, there are some advantages to this procedure you will definitely enjoy. After a reduction mammaplasty, patients have an easier time finding bras and clothes that fit comfortably. Patients will also have an easier time exercising and engaging in physical activities. A breast reduction will improve your physical capabilities as well as your emotional health. You deserve to feel and look amazing!

Candidates

Excessive breasts can lead to self-image issues, pain and discomfort. The weight and sagging tissue of pendulous breasts can deter patients from having an active life which can lead to health problems. Removing excess breast tissue can truly transform a patient’s appearance and improve quality of life. An ideal candidate for a breast reduction procedure is someone who:

  • Has a healthy weight and lifestyle
  • Experiences painful indentations from bra straps
  • Can control smoking habits
  • Develops skin irritations beneath the breast crease
  • Is bothered by the size of their breasts
  • Feels their breasts limit their physical activity
  • Experiences back, neck and shoulder pain from the weight of their breasts

Breast Reduction Consultation San Diego

Your private consultation with Dr. Brown will be a time for you to elaborate on your cosmetic goals and discuss how a breast reduction will help you achieve these goals. Dr. Brown will listen attentively and suggest techniques that will best achieve your ideal aesthetic outcome. He will conduct a physical and examine your breasts, test your skin elasticity, perform measurements and take photographs. He will need to have a comprehensive understanding of your health and will inquire about your medical history, current medications and allergies. All of this information will help him have a better understanding of your health and whether a breast reduction will achieve your cosmetic desires. Dr. Brown may suggest alternative solutions that better improve your appearance.

Dr. Brown will walk you through the treatment, techniques, potential risks and what the recovery period will be like. We encourage our patients to ask lots of questions, like:

  • Which breast reduction techniques will provide my best results?
  • Do you have breast reduction before-and-after photos I can view?
  • What can I do to ensure I get my best results?
  • What is the length of the recovery period?
  • Will I need assistance during my recovery?
  • How will breast reduction affect my ability to breastfeed?
  • What will my breasts look like over time?

These questions should help guide you through any concerns that come to mind and help you feel confident and comfortable about your procedure. We recommend patients write down their questions and concerns and bring them to their consultation. Towards the end of your meeting, Dr. Brown and you will choose a date for the surgery and give you detailed instructions on how to best prepare for the procedure and recovery.

How to Prepare For Breast Reduction Surgery

In anticipation of your procedure, you will need to stop smoking a few weeks before and after your procedure to promote a healthy healing process. Avoid taking medications like aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements that will negatively affect your blood flow.

Arrangements will need to be made to ensure you have a ride home after the procedure. We also recommend that you have someone stay with you the first night of your recovery. When you get ready the morning of your appointment, be sure to wear clothes that are loose and can be zipped or buttoned. This will help avoid apply pressure to the incision sites.

The best way to prepare for a breast reduction procedure is to follow Dr. Brown’s instructions.

Traditional Breast Reduction Surgical Techniques

When you arrive on your scheduled procedure date, the predetermined areas will be cleaned and marked for incision. General anesthesia and sedation will be administered intravenously to provide a restful, comfortable experience. Once you have fallen asleep, Dr. Brown will apply a combination of incisions that will provide your best results.

Incision options include:

  • A circular pattern around the areola
  • An incision around the areola and vertically down to the breast crease
  • An inverted T pattern

Dr. Brown will proceed to remove excess tissue and trim unnecessary skin. This procedure may require liposuction techniques to remove excess fat deposits. The nipple will remain connected to its blood and nerve supply but will be repositioned to its natural location. If the areola has become stretched and elongated it will be trimmed and restored to a natural shape.

Once your ideal appearance has been achieved, Dr. Brown will close the incisions to reshape the breasts. Sutures may be layered deep within the breasts to support the new breasts and help them adjust to their new shape. This procedure often takes two to five hours.

Recovery

When you leave your surgery, your breasts will be bandaged and you will be wearing an elastic bandage. The elastic bandage will act as a support bra to minimize swelling and help adjust your breasts to their new shape. This garment must be worn for a few weeks as your chest heals. Small, thin tubes called drains may be placed under certain areas with incisions to help the flow of excess fluids. These drains will be temporary and removed after a few days.

Dr. Brown will walk you through the care of your breasts, medications to control discomfort and when to schedule a follow-up appointment. At your follow-up appointments, Dr. Brown will monitor your healing process, remove drains and notify you when to return to regular activities. Patients often return to work after a week.

Results

Your results will be immediately noticeable. It will take a couple months for your breasts to completely heal but your results will appear natural and beautifully contoured. A breast reduction procedure provides long-lasting results. These results will remain consistent with stable weight and a healthy lifestyle.

Patients often enjoy significantly less discomfort after this treatment.

Your new breasts should permit you to enjoy physical activities and finding the right, comfortable bra. Your figure will also be better proportioned and improve your overall appearance.

Complementary Procedures

A breast lift is commonly combined with a breast reduction and may be recommended to you during your consultation. The Bellesoma method also applies to breast lifts and will greatly improve the proportion of your breasts after the procedure. With Bellesoma, you will be able to see a mockup of your results as well as have the opportunity to contribute to the procedure techniques. Enjoy a breast lift and reduction with diminished scarring and the cutting-edge technology Bellesoma has to offer!

A breast lift tightens and lifts your breasts. Your breasts will be relocated to a higher location on your chest while excess skin and tissue are removed. If you are tired of sagging breasts that lack the fullness and perk of your youth, a breast lift and breast reduction will greatly improve your profile!

Breast Reduction Cost

A breast reduction treatment is a highly customizable procedure. Dr. Brown understands that each patient has unique anatomy and specific goals in mind. He approaches each surgery with a personal touch and each treatment is tailored to the unique case of a patient. The final cost of breast reduction treatment will be given at the end of consultation when all factors are considered.

If you are interested in learning what your own cost breakdown would be, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Brown in Coronado, La Jolla, or Del Mar! You can contact us at (619) 461-1500!