WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING A BREAST REDUCTION PROCEDURE?
Dr. Boudreault forms the surgical plan to best achieve your customized result, based on his thorough assessment of your current concerns, body type, and goals, which he takes the time to discuss with you prior to the surgery. The surgery will be done under general anesthesia at our state-of-the-art AAAASF surgery center in Palo Alto by Dr. Boudreault. During surgery, Dr. Boudreault will remove the appropriate amount of excess fat and tissue, and reshape the breasts. This procedure can take two to five hours, depending on the complexity of the case, when performed as a stand-alone procedure. Some patients choose to combine this surgery with a supporting surgery, such as liposuction from the side of the upper torso or armpit area.
HOW LONG IS RECOVERY TIME FROM A BREAST REDUCTION PROCEDURE?
The downtime to consider when planning for your breast reduction is one to two weeks after surgery. After the first week, you will come back for a follow-up visit to remove the sutures. For the first two weeks, you will wear a form-fitting surgical bra to raise and support the breasts while the incisions heal. After these two weeks, you’ll be able to transition to a sports bra or loose-fitting wireless bra. Bruising and swelling is normal, and you may feel sore and tight in the area for 2-3 weeks, but can gradually resume normal activities as you feel comfortable. It is important to avoid strenuous activity and heavy lifting until the 6-week mark. By 2-3 months, the majority of swelling has subsided and your newly shaped breasts will begin to feel soft and supple.
WHAT DOES A BREAST REDUCTION PROCEDURE TREAT?
Patients have a breast reduction when they feel their large breasts are compromising their health, exercise ability, self-esteem, or quality of life. For medical reasons, a breast reduction can eliminate excess breast tissue that can lead to neck and back issues, posture problems, pain, and even skeletal deformities and breathing problems. For aesthetic reasons, a breast reduction can firm and tighten drooping breasts to look more youthful, fit better into clothing, and look in proportion with the rest of the body. An nipple and areola reduction is an extra “perk” to this procedure, if desired.
HOW SOON WILL I SEE RESULTS FROM A BREAST REDUCTION PROCEDURE?
You will notice your now smaller breasts immediately after the procedure. If you previously suffered from physical discomfort caused by your breast size and weight, you may instantly feel relief, and this will continue to improve over time. Be aware that the shape of your breasts will continue to change and settle over the next several months. Do not be alarmed if your scars appear red and bumpy at first, as they will soften and fade over time. Scars do not reach full maturity until one year and generally fade significantly — ask Dr. Boudreault about his comprehensive scar treatment regimen to help speed up your healing process.
HOW MUCH DOES BREAST REDUCTION SURGERY COST?
The average cost of a Breast Reduction is $8,000–$12,000. For a nipple (areola) reduction performed alone, the average cost is $2,000–$3,000. These estimates include all fees, such as anesthesia and facility fees. If you would like to have your breast reduction done as soon as possible but would like to pay it off over time in small monthly increments, we offer financing through Alphaeon and CareCredit. Many of our patients will choose to apply for credit cards with longer terms at 0% interest.
Join our many happy patients in the Silicon Valley who reduced their breast size and now enjoy their better-suited set of breasts.