About Breast Reduction Surgery
When you live with too much breast tissue, your breasts can interfere with daily activities. Large breasts may prevent you from living an active, healthier lifestyle because of the disproportionate distribution of upper body weight. This may make working out too embarrassing. Large, pendulous breasts can lead to back and neck pain, shoulder grooving from bra straps, and/or rashes from being constantly moist and irritated. Newport Beach, CA plastic surgeon Dr. Karen Leong has helped countless women get back their confidence and feel more comfortable with their bust size through a surgical reduction of the breasts. Consultations are available at each of our Newport Beach facilities.
Just as in a breast lift, this excess tissue can be removed from where it is and the remaining breast tissues can be repositioned on the chest. Repositioning the nipple and shaping the breast into a smaller, perkier version can drastically change a woman’s perception of herself and her femininity. This breast reduction surgery provided by Dr. Leong reduces excess breast fat and reshapes the size of the nipples/areolas. In most cases, a breast lift is performed to produce a tighter and younger-looking appearance.
If you are challenged with excessively large breasts that create obstacles in your daily life, a cosmetic breast reduction may be a good option to get the figure you wish for. This surgery is helpful for women who experience emotional stress or find it difficult to lead an active life because of the weight of their breasts. If you also deal with ongoing skin problems (as well as back or neck pain), this surgery can eliminate these annoyances. It is important patients are at a normal weight, and find a trained surgeon like Dr. Leong who understands the desired outcome and has the aptitude to produce a pleasing and natural appearance.
"I can't say enough about Dr. Leong! I have struggled with stubborn unwanted fat around my middle section for years. Regardless of diet and exercise, I always seemed to have a muffin top that left me feeling insecure and uncomfortable. It only took one short meeting with Dr. Leong for me to finally feel confident with having her shape by middle through Liposuction and Thermage. I was previously very reluctant, but after meeting with her, I felt excited and ready. Dr. Leong's honest and straightforward, yet kind and pleasant approach put me right at ease. The proceedure itself went very smooth and Dr. Leong and her staff were helpful and available every step of the way. It has now been six months since my procedure and I am totally blown away with my results. They exceeded every possible expectation and I truly could not be happier!!"- S.K. / Yelp / Sep 19, 2018
"Lower face and neck lift - I’ve done every injectable from Botox to Sculptra and I wanted a more permanent fix to my aging face and neck. I had heard about Dr. Leong through a friend and I decided to make a consultation. When I met Dr. Leong I had my doubts about what this seemingly young doc could do for my 70+ year old face. How could she know what a woman my age needed? As we began to discuss my areas of c..."- E. / RealSelf / Mar 28, 2018
"Highly Recomended!! - My experience with my surgery with Dr Leona and her team was exceptional! Beautiful office, very informative, always caring about me, beautiful job on my eyes with great follow up to make sure healing was progressing. I highly recommend Dr Leong for any procedure that you may want or need! You'll be in wonderful hands with Dr Leong and her team!!"- Anonymous / Vitals / Mar 12, 2018
"Five Star Experience! - I have seen Dr. Leong for both medical and cosmetic visits. Her personality is very down to earth but precise which made me feel very comfortable going to her for multiple issues. I first saw Dr. Leong for a few minor skin tags, moles and cherry angiomas that were all over my body which I didn't like esthetically. She removed them with simplicity, quickness and I felt absolutely no pain. She..."- J. / RealSelf / Mar 11, 2018
"What a difference a great physician makes! - A year ago, I had the pleasure of consulting with Dr. Karen Leong for a minor lip asymmetry correction and augmentation. Always the professional, she listened to my concerns and clearly explained my options to get the results I was looking for. Dr. Leong made me feel completely comfortable and injected my lips to my complete satisfaction. Completely natural looking, and symmetrical. ..."- I. / RealSelf / Feb 24, 2018
Breast reduction surgery is an outpatient process and is performed with general anesthesia. The timing of surgery is dependent upon several factors, including the complexity of the incision, the overall reduction technique, and finally, how much reduction is required. The nipple and areola repositioning is also a factor. For most patients, liposuction is necessary for fat and tissue elimination to decrease the breast size. During the private consultation, all of these factors are addressed by Dr. Leong. Scarring is also scrupulously discussed as it is common to occur. However, surgical skill and advanced methods have led to a noticeable reduction in overall scarring. Depending on the intricacy of the reduction, either an anchor or a vertical incision will be incorporated. The breast tissue will be removed, and the existing tissue and skin will be pulled tight and secured.
What to Expect
After surgery, you will be observed closely in our comfortable recovery facility and then discharged home to heal. A small, tube-like draining device will most likely be placed near the surgical site to reduce bleeding and swelling. A medical sports bra will be put in place for several days that will boost blood flow to the breasts during the initial healing period. Within about a month, the breasts will position themselves and settle and the post-op effects will diminish. Our breast reduction patients regularly comment they feel lighter, relieved, and more reassured. After breast reduction surgery, you can buy the clothes you could not wear before and feel enthusiastic about your new shape. Remember, it is still important to stay at a healthy weight so the results are not affected in a negative way.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does breast reduction surgery cost?
The cost of your breast reduction surgery will be discussed with Dr. Leong during your consultation. Once she has developed your treatment plan, it will be easier to estimate your costs, including anesthesia, fees for the surgical facility, and more. Breast reduction surgery often causes a significant improvement in a patient's life, so our team will help you find low-interest financing to make your treatment affordable. We can also help you work with your insurance company to see if they will cover some of your costs.
Will my insurance cover breast reduction?
In some cases, your health insurance may cover part of the cost of breast reduction surgery if it is deemed medically necessary. If you are considering using your insurance, tell Dr. Leong so she can help with your claim. You should talk to your insurance company to find out if your policy may cover the surgery and what they need to approve it. Your insurance will most likely decide based on measurements like your height, weight, body mass index (BMI), and body surface area.
Will my nipples be moved?
In most cases, the nipples and areola will be shifted up to a higher position on the breast during the surgery. If a large amount of tissue and skin are being removed, your nipple-areola complex may need to be moved. Dr. Leong will choose a technique like the anchor incision so the nipple and areola can be moved higher on the breast. It is also possible to reduce the size of the areola with an areolatome. All of these options will be discussed during your consultation before Dr. Leong helps you decide on the best plan to achieve your goals.
Can I breastfeed after a breast reduction?
Breast reduction surgery may affect your ability to breastfeed. While some women may still be able to breastfeed after a reduction, some cannot. It is difficult to predict whether your surgery will cause you problems with breastfeeding. For this reason, Dr. Leong recommends that patients be done having children or be willing to not breastfeed before having breast reduction surgery.
Can my breasts re-grow after surgery?
After reduction surgery, your breasts can get bigger or smaller with significant weight changes. This is why it's helpful to be at a healthy, stable weight before your surgery that's easy for you to maintain. During your consultation, Dr. Leong will talk to you about the best ways to prepare for your surgery and what you should do after to ensure you are happy with your results.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- From $7,500
- Recovery Time
- 2 – 4 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2 – 3 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 3 – 6 Months
Smaller Breasts, Larger Life
During your first visit with Dr. Leong, she will go over all of the options to reach your desired outcome and tailor a custom treatment plan to fit your needs. It is not necessary to continue living with the discomfort that can sometimes accompany living with oversized breasts. Please call our practice in Newport Beach, CA to understand more about this life-changing breast reduction surgery.