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Breast Reduction in Santa Barbara, CA

Breast Reduction

Overly large breasts may lead to physical pain and significant discomfort preventing women from participating in many physical activities. Sara Yegiyants, MD, FACS, a triple board-certified plastic surgeon, performs breast reductions for women in Santa Barbara, CA, and the surrounding communities (including Santa Maria and Ventura).

What is a Breast Reduction?

There are many factors that affect breast size, including puberty, pregnancy, weight changes and menopause. While some women desire larger breasts, others, who come by them naturally, long to have smaller breasts. For those who suffer from emotional and physical pain, a breast reduction removes excess glandular tissue, fat and skin from the breasts to reduce the size and bring them more in balance with the rest of the body.

Why Choose a Breast Reduction?

There are a number of reasons why women consider breast reduction, including years of self-consciousness about the size and chronic shoulder and back pain. A breast reduction gives women the chance to not only look proportionate to the rest of their body, it allows them more freedom in terms of the clothes they wear and the activities in which they participate.

Who is a Good Candidate for Breast Reduction?

The best candidates for a breast reduction are women who are very self-conscious about the size of their breasts and want to have “normal” sized or proportionate breasts. Some women suffer from chronic shoulder and back pain due to their breasts and want relief.

How is a Breast Reduction Performed?

There are several techniques to perform breast reduction, all of which Dr. Yegiyants is well qualified to perform. To determine which option is the best plan for her patients, Dr. Yegiyants schedules a consultation to talk about their concerns, evaluate their breast and chest anatomy, and recommend the best option to achieve a desired look with the least amount of scarring.

With breast reduction, the incisions are made in order to remove the desired amount of tissue and skin, and sculpt the breasts to a new contour. Once complete, the incisions are closed and dressed in bandages and a compression wrap.

Dr. Yegiyants has been published in the journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery on the newer breast reduction technique — medial pedicle vertical mastopexy. This procedure results in less scarring and longer-lasting results.

How Long is the Recovery from Breast Reduction?

Most patients return to work within a few days or a week if there is no heavy lifting or strenuous activity. After a few weeks, patients return to their normal activities.

When Will I See the Results from a Breast Reduction?

The results of a breast reduction are immediate and only improve over time. Swelling and bruising take time to go away, as does scarring. The full results are typically visible within a few weeks or months.

How Much Does a Breast Reduction Cost in Santa Barbara?

The cost of breast reduction varies with each patient depending on the extent of the surgery and whether other plastic surgeries are performed at the same time. We review the costs with patients during their consultation along with payment and financing options. Because breast reduction is sometimes medically necessary, we help patients determine whether their health insurance provides coverage for this procedure.

If you live in or around Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, or Ventura, CA, and are looking for a board-certified plastic surgeon to address your cosmetic surgery needs, contact Sara Yegiyants, MD, FACS, in Santa Barbara, CA, today, to set up your complimentary consultation.

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