The Jacobs Center for Cosmetic Surgery

Breast Reduction Surgery

Reduction Mammaplasty for San Francisco and Healdsburg

Overly large breasts can be a literal burden. That's why Dr. Eric Culbertson offers breast reduction surgery for San Francisco-area patients seeking physical relief. Not only can large breasts appear to be out of proportion with the rest of a person's figure, they can cause discomfort and tension due to the constant pull of their weight.

Breast reduction surgery, also called a "reduction mammaplasty," removes fat, tissue, and skin from the breasts to make them smaller in size. Whether you are looking into breast reduction for pain relief, a change to your physical appearance, or both, it is important to communicate with your plastic surgeon so you can work together toward the results you want. Dr. Culbertson prioritizes building a good relationship at each consultation to improve patient understanding—as well as comfort and satisfaction with the ultimate results.

Talk to a professional about breast reduction surgery in the Bay Area by calling The Jacobs Center's San Francisco office (415.433.0303) or Healdsburg office (707.473.0220).

Is Breast Reduction Surgery Right for Me?

A breast reduction is ideal for patients who struggle with heavy breasts that feel like they hang instead of sit on the chest. Pendulous breasts also tend to have nipples that point toward the ground. Such breasts often act as a weight that pulls the upper part of a patient's frame forward, generating pain in the upper back, shoulders, and neck.

Many women with excessively large breasts also complain that their outfits do not fit them properly. Their breasts either strain against too-tight material on the top, or the rest of their body is lost in fabric cut to accommodate a larger woman on the bottom.

Some patients seek breast reduction because they do not appreciate the attention their chest receives each day.

In reality, many breast reduction patients have endured some or all of the situations above. Breast reduction surgery provides a chance for these women to take control of their physical and emotional comfort along with their appearance.

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Breast Reduction Details

Breast reduction surgery involves Dr. Culbertson making incisions that allow him to excise the unwanted tissue. Different patients require different techniques, since some may have bulk that is made up largely of large fat cells, while others may have more significant breast tissue. In either case, he will work to keep the breasts in proportion with each other for a symmetrical look after the procedure is complete.

Breast Reduction and Men

Men with overly developed breasts or a sagging chest may also choose to have breast reduction surgery. This procedure can be performed with liposuction alone, or in combination with fat grafting, to minimize the need for incisions.

Gynecomastia is a condition that causes males to develop breast tissue. It often resolves on its own as hormone levels even out after times of fluctuation, such as puberty. For breasts that do not go away for a significant amount of time, breast reduction can be a viable solution.

In other cases, excess fat may be creating the appearance of breasts. Weight loss can also cause skin laxity, which can contribute to the look of breasts.

Dr. Culbertson will determine the physical makeup of each man's breasts and consider the desired final result, then decide on a surgery that can involve some combination of liposuction, tissue excision, and skin removal. The procedure may also involve repositioning the areolas and nipples to a higher position, if necessary.

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American Board of Plastic Surgery-certified surgeon for breast & body-focused procedures, Dr. Culbertson personally strives to achieve natural yet undeniable results that bolster one's self esteem and reinforce, rather than change, one's identity.

What to Expect After Breast Reduction Surgery

Breast reduction surgery typically takes a few hours, and you will soon notice the results—in the mirror, as well as in the weight no longer tugging you downward. Patients usually require a week or two of recovery time, and about a month of restricted physical activity.* Throughout this period, post-surgical bruising and swelling will fade.

Dr. Culbertson will work closely with each patient to ensure the best recovery possible through follow-up care and an understanding of what to expect.

Women considering breast reduction may also want to consider a breast lift, which corrects asymmetries and gives the chest a naturally perky look. This surgery has less to do with breast size, and more to do with stretched-out skin—typically seen by women who have lost significant weight or who have seen the breast tissue fluctuate in volume throughout pregnancy and breastfeeding. For this reason, breast reductions and lifts may also be part of a Mommy Makeover package.

Moving Forward

If you want to learn more about breast reduction surgery, call The Jacobs Center for Cosmetic Surgery to arrange a consultation. Reach the San Francisco office at 415.433.0303 or the Healdsburg office at 707.473.0220.

* Patient Results May Vary

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