Breast Reduction

Having an hourglass figure is something that most women desire. Growing up, we all waited for the day we would finally come into our own as a woman and have the need for a real bra. While having a shapely figure is a great thing for women, often having large breasts can be a burden.

It is often difficult to maintain proper posture, as well as fit into the correct size when you have large breasts. For example, many women with large breasts often find themselves buying bottoms in a size small or medium, when shopping for a bikini, only to have to buy a large or extra-large in a bikini top. Additionally, many bathing suits simply don’t fit someone who has that type of disproportional frame.

For some women, large breasts can cause chronic pain in the neck, shoulders, and back, along with skin irritation and nerve pain. Breast reduction is not just about aesthetics; to many, it is the only solution to get rid of the pain.

Breast reduction surgery, also called reduction mammoplasty, is becoming more and more common. We are seeing a large influx in women coming in to learn more about breast reductions in the San Francisco Bay area. The most common reason we hear is that a breast reduction is desired in order to be more active.

Let’s face it, activities such as running, tennis, hiking and additional physical activities are often rendered more difficult to women with larger breasts. Dr. Liu knows that even just one cup size smaller can give women more freedom to do the activities they enjoy without the potential back pain or discomfort that oversized breasts can cause.

The Breast Reduction Consultation

The first step in a breast reduction surgery is a consultation with Dr. Liu. He will start by analyzing the present medical condition of the patient by conducting a physical examination. The patient’s medical history, medications currently being taken, and allergies are reviewed to determine whether the patient is suitable for the surgery.

After this discussion with the patient, a treatment plan is made. This will include the type of incisions to be made, the amount and types of tissue to be removed, and many other details.

How Is Breast Reduction Surgery Performed?

The technique used to reduce the size of the breast varies from person to person depending on the current size of the breast and the size desired. The procedure includes excision to remove excess glandular breast tissue and skin, along with liposuction to remove excess fat.

The procedure begins by administering anesthesia to the patient. Dr. Liu will then clean the treatment area with antiseptic and make the incisions as per the treatment plan. Once the incision is made, Dr. Liu will reduce and shape the breast by removing the excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin. The areola may be repositioned and resized according to the breast’s new specifications.

Sutures are layered deep within the breast tissue to support the newly shaped breasts. The incisions are brought together and closed using sutures, skin adhesives, or surgical tape. A thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain excess fluid or blood.

Recovery After Breast Reduction

The patient may be asked to wear a surgical bra without underwire for a while until the incisions heal. This will help to support the breasts during the recovery process. The incision lines fade away slowly in most cases.

Bruising and swelling are normal parts of the recovery process. Any pain or discomfort can be addressed with painkillers as prescribed. It will be necessary to take time off from work and one’s daily activities until cleared to do so by Dr. Liu.

The initial results of breast reduction surgery are seen immediately. The final results will not be seen until all of the swelling has disappeared.

Get Started Today by Scheduling a Consultation

Breast reductions can make everyday activities more enjoyable. Hundreds of thousands of women have undergone this simple procedure in order to lead more active lives. The process of undergoing breast reduction surgery will eliminate the need for everyday burdens, such as wearing two bras to the gym, or skipping certain activities due to the level of movement. Give us a call or contact us through our website to learn more today!

Let’s Discuss Your Goals

Curious about surgery, or looking to explore your options?

Dr. Liu and our team will be happy to schedule an initial consultation and find the right treatment for you. Simply fill out the form below, or call our office at 650-697-8888 to schedule. We look forward to meeting you!