Restoring Your Even, Symmetrical Bust

A breast reduction in Los Angeles can help patients enjoy a more even bust in a wide variety of scenarios. If you have undergone a mastectomy as part of your breast cancer treatment and are considering autologous reconstruction, breast reconstruction can effectively enhance symmetry with the other breast. Additionally, some patients may seek breast reduction for cosmetic reasons or to alleviate discomfort, such as back pain.

Regardless of your motivation for considering breast reduction, Dr. Srinivasa and her skilled team are dedicated to assisting you. If you wish to explore breast reduction or other restorative procedures available at the Institute for Advanced Breast Reconstruction, please don't hesitate to contact us at our Los Angeles or Thousand Oaks locations. Our expert staff is ready to schedule your consultation and provide guidance on your options.

Should I Consider a Breast Reduction?

Breast reduction is frequently considered when one or both breasts are excessively large. A reduction on a single breast can significantly enhance the sense of balance between both breasts, ultimately restoring the patient's body confidence and overall satisfaction with her figure.

In cases where a lumpectomy or partial mastectomy is part of a patient's breast cancer treatment, various options can assist in reestablishing breast symmetry. While breast augmentation remains a viable choice, it is also possible to reduce the untreated breast while reshaping breast tissue and lifting the side that underwent cancer treatment. This approach can lead to improved cosmesis and enhanced symmetry in both breasts.

Preparing for Your Procedure

Your Consultations

Here at the Institute for Advanced Breast Reconstruction, we take patient education very seriously and will work with you so that you’re informed at every step of the process. Before your surgery, we’ll get to know your cosmetic goals, and learn everything we can about your journey so far, so we can guide you through its final steps and give you the power to move on with your life. We’ll answer any questions you might have about your surgery, and make sure you know exactly what to expect from the experience overall.

The Procedure

Your breast reduction in Los Angeles will be performed as an outpatient procedure unless it’s performed at the same time as an autologous breast reconstruction (in which case you’ll have a hospital stay of two to four days, depending on the specifics of your operation). When performed on its own, a breast reduction usually takes between two and three hours and is performed under general anesthesia. Keep in mind combining breast reduction surgery along with a lumpectomy is an excellent option to wake up from cancer surgery with a cosmetic result. 

Rest and Recovery

Your recovery experience will vary depending on the specifics of your procedure. When breast reduction is performed on its own, you can return to your home the day of the procedure, though you’ll need a friend to drive you. Before your procedure, you’ll get detailed aftercare instructions, and a very thorough timeline explaining your recovery process. We’ll also be sure to schedule follow-up appointments with you to ensure that you’re healing properly and to keep an eye on your progress.

Breast Reduction Recovery Tips

  • Follow your surgeon's post-operative instructions carefully.
  • Take prescribed pain medications as directed to manage any discomfort.
  • Wear a supportive surgical bra or compression garment as recommended.
  • Avoid heavy lifting or strenuous activities for several weeks.
  • Get plenty of rest and allow your body to heal.

  • Keep the incision areas clean and dry to prevent infection.
  • Attend follow-up appointments with your surgeon for proper monitoring.
  • Maintain a healthy diet and stay hydrated to support healing.
  • Avoid smoking and alcohol, as they can impair the healing process.
  • Contact your surgeon if you have any concerns or experience unusual symptoms.
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Experience and Training You Can Trust

Dr. Srinivasa brings double-board certification and an extensive level of microsurgical experience to the table, in a way that truly sets her apart from her peers. 

As one of the busiest and most experienced autologous tissue flap surgeons in Southern California, Dr. Srinivasa performs around 200 successful tissue flap procedures every year and is excited to learn more about how she can help you truly move on with your life, in the body you know you deserve.

Discover a More Symmetrical Look

If you’re worried about preserving an even, symmetrical bust after a lumpectomy or mastectomy, Dr. Srinivasa and her team here at the Institute for Advanced Breast Reconstruction are here to help. Breast reduction is just one of the many ways they can help you enjoy an even, symmetrical bust that perfectly complements your feminine form. When you’re ready to learn more about how this procedure can help you regain your optimal quality of life, we’re ready to get you started on those final steps of your journey. Reach out to us at our Calabasas or Los Angeles locations and set up your in-person consultation with a dedicated member of our team today.

Cost of Breast Reduction at The IABR in Los Angeles

The cost of a breast reduction in Los Angeles can vary depending on several factors. Breast reduction plastic surgery often involves additional costs, such as medical testing, mammograms, prescription medications, and surgical bras. All of these costs factor into the total cost of a breast reduction procedure.

Another consideration is the extent of work performed. Some patients are only in need of a minor breast reduction. Others may require a more extensive procedure. The complexity of the procedure and the length of time required to perform it will significantly impact the overall cost. 

Generally speaking, a breast reduction procedure can range from $8000 to $15,000, depending on the aforementioned factors.

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When can you return to work after breast reduction surgery?

Is breast reduction safe?

Is breast reduction surgery painful?

What is the best age for breast reduction surgery?

Can a breast reduction be covered by health insurance?

How long should I wait to exercise after breast reduction surgery?

When can you return to work after breast reduction surgery?

Most patients are able to resume their normal routine and return to work approximately two to three weeks after breasts reduction surgery.

Is breast reduction safe?

Breast reduction surgery is typically a safe procedure, especially when performed by a skilled plastic surgeon like Dr. Srinivasa. However, in rare cases, patients may experience certain complications, including infection, loss of nipple sensation, and visible scarring.

Is breast reduction surgery painful?

Because you will be under general anesthesia, you won’t feel any pain during the breast reduction procedure. However, you will likely experience some soreness for a few days after surgery.

What is the best age for breast reduction surgery?

There is no ideal age to undergo breast reduction surgery. As long as the breasts are fully developed, the procedure can be performed on women of any age.

Can a breast reduction be covered by health insurance?

If your breast reduction surgery is deemed necessary for medical reasons, your health insurance coverage may assist you with the cost. But if the surgery is being performed purely for cosmetic reasons, you will likely need to pay for it yourself.

How long should I wait to exercise after breast reduction surgery?

You should be able to start resuming light to moderate exercise approximately a month after your breast reduction surgery. However, you should wait six to eight weeks before participating in strenuous physical activity.

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