Female Breast Reduction Surgery

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Breast Reduction - Plastic Surgery San Francisco California

This procedure reduces the size of your breasts and recontours them to be proportionate to the rest of your body. This can also relieve the patient of pain associated with heavy breasts. This procedure is very commonly requested and has the dual benefits of improving one’s appearance, while relieving the physical and emotional burden of overly large breasts. As a result of this procedure, your breasts can be in better proportion with your body and will feel firmer, your neck, back and should shoulder pain may be alleviated, making it easier to breathe and exercise. Your clothes may fit you better and you may feel more confident about your appearance.

The Reduction Procedure

Dr. Kulick uses the common anchor incision technique to follow the breasts’ natural contours and define and new location for the nipple. Once the extra breast tissue, fat and skin are removed, the skin is brought down and together to reshape the breast. The final size and shape of your breasts, along with how much reduction you desire, are factors that will help Dr. Kulick determine the best technique for you. In some cases, it is possible to avoid the vertical incision that runs from beneath the breast to the bottom edge of the areola (typical components of the anchor incision). Rarely, if your breasts are extremely large, the nipple and areola may need to be completely detached before they are shifted to a higher level. After surgery, breasts will be in proportion to the patient’s body and scars will fade over time.

When should you consider a breast reduction?

  • You are unhappy and self conscious about the appearance of your large breasts
  • Your breasts are too large for your body frame and they are creating neck, back and/or shoulder pain.
  • You have heavy breasts with nipples and areolas that point downward
  • One breast is much larger than the other

Are you a good candidate for breast reduction?

If you are in good general health and have a positive attitude and realistic expectations, you are most likely a good candidate for this procedure. Women who seek breast reduction have often had children, are overweight, have a predisposition to large, disproportionate breasts, or are sensitive to estrogen. Big breasts often run in the family, inherited from mothers and grandmothers. A history of irregular mammograms, undiagnosed lumps or other types of masses, sever obesity, diabetes, wound healing disorders, current breast feeding, smoking, clotting disorders and heart or circulatory disorders are all contraindications for breast reduction.

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