About Breast Reduction Surgery
Are you preparing yourself to consult with a plastic surgeon for a breast reduction? We understand that decreasing the size of your breast is a big decision to make, which is why we are here for you at Geoffrey R. Keyes, M.D., F.A.C.S. in Los Angeles, CA. While some women are desperate for more volume in the bust line to have a curvaceous appearance, women with excessively large breasts do not enjoy the pull of the weight and disproportion that accompanies abnormally large breasts.
A breast reduction involves the removal of the extraneous breast tissue and skin to recontour the breasts into a smaller, more appropriate size. In most situations, a breast lift can be implemented to provide a more taut and healthier appearance as saggy, heavy breasts have stretched out skin from the weight. Not only does it improve physical health with less pain and pressure put on the joints, but smaller breasts can lift the emotional and social barriers that extra-large breasts create. Dr. Keyes is a double board-certified plastic surgeon in Los Angeles, CA who has helped countless women regain their confidence and enjoy the life they want through a breast reduction. If you would like to talk with Dr. Keyes, who has many years of experience performing breast reduction surgeries, contact us if you are interested in scheduling a consultation in our Los Angeles, CA office. He has numerous satisfied breast reduction patients and will be available to explain more about the procedure during an informative, face-to-face consultation.
Larger-than-average breast volume for breast reduction candidate may be due to either excess glandular breast tissue, fatty tissues, or some combination of the two. Breast reduction is ideal for women who deal with the frustration of having large breasts and are not able to live a fulfilled and active life because of the heaviness of their breasts. The skin under a large, pendulous breast may have chronic skin conditions, neck and shoulder pain, disproportionate breast to body size, and more. A breast reduction surgery can greatly diminish these medical conditions.
If you are considering a breast reduction, it is crucial for you to be at a stable weight, and choose an experienced, skillful surgeon like Dr. Keyes to reshape and create a normal and natural breast appearance.
"I chose Dr. Keyes after looking for the best plastic surgeon in California for my daughter’s rhinoplasty. From the very first appointment, I felt she was in the right hands. He showed us exactly what he was going to do and what we could expect and sure enough, that’s what he delivered. She had very little pain and her nose looks amazing. I’m so glad we selected Dr. Keyes and Kimberley to care for my daughter. I highly recommend Dr. Keyes and staff!"- M.G. / Google / Jun 14, 2019
"Finding Dr. Keyes was fate. After having one of the worst rhinoplasty consultations from a top plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills (that quoted me an obscene amount),I was kind of unmotivated and scared to keep looking. Out of nowhere, Dr. Keyes showed up at my workplace. I remember thinking how kind and welcoming he was in our interaction. When I found out he was a plastic surgeon specializing in rhinoplasty I knew this was meant to be! He answered all my questions right then and there and told me to call his surgical assistant and manager, Kimberley, and let me tell you...Kimberley is AMAZING!!! Not only did Kimberley answer the phone immediately with the most comforting voice but she scheduled a consultation based on what worked best for my schedule. The consultation was so easy. I didn't even have to wait. They brought me in the room, took photos of my nose and next thing I know Dr. Keyes was in the room showing me what my nose could look like. He listened to what I had to say, what I was self conscious about, and really incorporated me into the treatment and what I could get out of it. Dr. Keyes and Kimberley made me feel welcome, comfortable, excited, and confident about my decision on getting my nose done. Scheduling my surgery was crazy because of my schedule at school and work. Kimberley always answered my calls and answered my concerns about rescheduling my surgery which made it very convenient for me. Surgery day was nerve wracking but exciting. The anesthesiology nurse even called me a few days before to make sure I was aware of the process and what would happen, addressed my concerns about surgery, and eased my nerves. Dr. Keyes, Kimberley, and all the nurses made sure I was okay, talked me through the process, and kept me updated on what was happening next. Next thing I know, I was waking up with Dr. Keyes and Kimberley by my side. They called that night to make sure I was okay and scheduled a time for me to come in the next day.From the time I woke up from surgery, I had barely any pain! Besides the swelling and bruising(which is expected), recover was so easy. I was up and about within a few days. The bruising and swelling went down within 5 to 7 days but that's patient specific.When I finally got my cast off, I couldn't believe how amazing my nose looked! I couldn't help but cry my eyes out. It was just what I wanted for sooo long. To this day, I still look at myself in the mirror and get all giddy inside. The best part is how NATURAL it turned out. I still look like ME and I LOVE it. People that knew me before the surgery just look at me and tell me something as changed but they can't pinpoint it. If you are looking for a natural looking nose that compliments your face and who you are as a person then Dr. Keyes is your guy!I have never felt so confident and beautiful in my life. I owe it all to Dr. Keyes and Kimberley!!!"- L.F. / Google / Jun 14, 2019
"Dr. Keyes and Kimberley are amazing! They treated me with respect and provided incredible care before and after surgery. I am 3 weeks post op from rhinoplasty surgery. The swelling has gone down tremendously and will continue to do so. I am thrilled with how it looks so far and I know it’ll only get better!"- A.W. / Google / May 22, 2019
"I have been a patient of Dr Keyes for over 17 years now and I highly recommend Dr Keyes. Over that period of time I have had breast augmentation, brow and lid lifts, nose job, lipo and botox treatments. I have been completely satisfied with the results and have always received professional and caring service from Dr Keyes, Kimberly, and staff. I recommended Dr Keyes to a college friend of mine years ago and she is also very happy with her breast augmentation from Dr Keyes. Unlike some cosmetic surgery offices, Dr Keyes will not comment on a body part unless YOU ask first. Check out his impressive credentials and go visit him for a consultation !"- I.G. / Google / May 22, 2019
"After interviewing three other Doctors for my girlfriends augmentation, we decided to go with Dr.Keyes. From his office, to his staff, Kimberley is amazing, we felt comfortable from the get go. We always felt he cared about us as people and the surgery was a marvelous success, he is a talented sculpture and he had had us following up with visits for months now just to make sure the healing is going along as it should. I would recommend him in a heartbeat!"- D.S. / Yelp / Feb 26, 2019
Surgical breast reduction is an outpatient procedure and is conducted under general anesthesia. The time frame for the surgery depends on many factors, including the incision type, the general surgical technique, and the amount of tissue removal needed. The areola and nipple area repositioning are also factors.
Typically, liposuction is incorporated for tissue and fat reduction to reduce the breast size. At the time of the initial consult, all of these aspects are addressed with Dr. Keyes. The potential for scarring is also carefully examined and talked through as it is likely to occur. However, modern techniques have led to a significant decrease in the visibility of scarring. Based on the difficulty of the size and overall reduction, either an inverted-T or a straight line (vertical) incision will be made. Breast fat and tissue will then be removed, and the surrounding skin and tissue will be pulled and lifted. The incisions will be sutured closed and you will be prepared for your post-operation recovery.
What to Expect
Once your surgery has been completed, you will be monitored closely in our quiet recovery room and then sent home to begin the healing process. A thin tube for draining is usually inserted near the incision area to assist with fluid drainage. A compression bra should be worn for a few days to increase your breast's blood circulation during recovery. In a month or so, your breasts will naturally fall into position and the post-surgery effects will dissipate. Most of our former breast reduction patients at Geoffrey R. Keyes, M.D., F.A.C.S. say they feel more weightless, lighter, and more confident. Following surgical breast reduction, you can enjoy clothes that fit properly and feel excited to wear with your new appearance. Keep in mind it is important to maintain a healthy body weight so the outcomes are not compromised.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does breast reduction surgery cost?
Your cost for breast reduction surgery can be reviewed with Dr. Keyes in your consultation. When he has created your treatment plan, it is easier to calculate your costs, which will cover facility fees, anesthesia, and more. Reduction surgery usually leads to a dramatic improvement in all aspects of life, which is why our staff will help you find low-interest financing to make your treatment easy to afford. We will also help you talk to your insurance provider to see if your policy covers some of your expenses.
Will my insurance cover breast reduction?
Your health insurance might pay part of the cost of your surgery if it's considered medically necessary. If you want to use your insurance, talk to Dr. Keyes so he can assist you with the paperwork required with your claim. You should contact your insurance provider to find out if your policy might pay for the surgery and what information they need to make it happen. Your insurance might require a letter of recommendation from Dr. Keyes and body measurements like your weight, height, body surface area, and body mass index (BMI) to determine if it is a medical necessity.
Will my nipples be moved?
Usually, the nipples and areola will be moved up to a higher position during breast reduction surgery. If a significant amount of tissue and skin needs to be removed, your nipple-areola complex (especially if you have a stretched-out areola) may be reshaped and moved. Dr. Keyes will select an incision technique so the nipple and areola are easy to move higher. Your options will be explained in your consultation.
Can I breastfeed after a breast reduction?
Reduction surgery can affect breastfeeding. Although some women can still breastfeed after a surgical reduction, other women cannot. It's difficult to know whether your breast reduction will interfere with breastfeeding. If you are considering breast reduction surgery and want to breastfeed in the future, talk to Dr. Keyes about this concern.
Can my breasts grow back after surgery?
Following a breast reduction surgery, your breasts will smaller or bigger if you have dramatic weight changes. This is why it is better to maintain a stable, healthy weight before and after your reduction surgery. In your consultation, Dr. Keyes will discuss the best ways to prepare for your reduction and what you can do after to help make sure your results last.
Let's Make a Plan
Dr. Keyes has helped so many women be comfortable in their own body with better proportions since having a breast reduction. Having significantly large breasts can impact your physical and mental health. During a consultation at Geoffrey R. Keyes, M.D., F.A.C.S., Dr. Keyes will talk you through all of the steps to attain smaller, shapely breasts that are resistant to change. There's no reason to continue simply accepting a lack of confidence or discomfort that can accompany large breasts. We welcome you to call our office in Los Angeles, CA to discover more about our exceptional breast reduction procedure.