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.
Breast Reduction Reviews
"When I decided to redo my breast augmentation (due to a capsular contracture) I interviewed 7 different surgeons! I needed this to go smooth & look great. I had a few friends who had done procedures with dr. Keyes & they all LOVE him. Once you meet him, you see why. He's a genuinely concerned doctor who truly wants to give you the best result possible. That is exactly what he did for me! The 1st time I saw my new breasts post op, I literally cried happy tears. I never thought they would look that great. (I'd already had 2 horrible breast augs from other dr's years earlier). Dr. Keyes also made a revision in my rhinoplasty. It looks awesome. I will see Dr. Keyes for any procedure I do in the future. You are SAFE in this mans hands. Another thing I love is that he will tell you "no"! Lol I wanted a lip implant & he said no! He explained why it would throw off my facial symmetry. This is not a man who will just do a procedure for the money. He wants his clients to look great, not "plasticy". You don't find that type of ethical responsibility very much in plastic surgery anymore. I value his opinion immensely. His staff, especially Kimberly, are super friendly & very accommodating!"- C.J. / Yelp / Mar 19, 2015
"I knew I wanted Dr. Keyes to be my (breast augmentation) surgeon half way into the initial consultation. I had booked in for six consultations with a variety of different doctors to make sure I found one I was comfortable with since I also had some reconstructive work that needed to be done. Dr. Keyes made me feel very comfortable and explained in depth all that needed to go on with the procedure so I knew exactly what he was going to do. He made sure to meet with me again before surgery so we were on exactly the same page as to the results I was looking to achieve. He called every night to make sure I was doing OK. Fast forward now to post-op: results were most definitely achieved!!! There was a lot of work that needed to be done, and I didn't even know the results could be as good as they are. I would recommend Dr. Keyes to anyone. He knows what he's doing, he's professional, caring, and his staff is wonderful too. I am confident he would provide the results you're looking for just like he did for me."- L.R. / Yelp / Sep 26, 2012
"I recently had a breast augmentation from Dr. Keyes and I couldn't be more pleased with the results. They are better than I expected! I knew immediately after meeting with him that he was the doctor for me. He is very straight forward on what to expect, makes you very comfortable, and the rest of the staff is incredibly warm and welcoming. I was also very pleased that I was able to get in for surgery very soon. Dr. Keyes and his staff made my experience extremely easy and enjoyable. I would recommend anyone seeking plastic surgery to use Dr. Keyes, he is simply the best!"- C.H. / Yelp / Apr 22, 2013
"Dr. Keyes and his staff (especially Kimberley) are amazing. Dr. Keyes did my rhinoplasty and breast augmentation about 9 months ago, and he did exactly what we discussed. He is a fantastic surgeon as well as an overall nice person. I have a nose that fits my face and actually looks more natural than my previous nose. Dr. Keyes successfully fixed my nose so I still look like me, only better. My breast are natural, symmetric and perfect for my body type. He also called me after surgery a couple of times to ask if everything was ok and if I had any questions. He is a very caring doctor, with excellent bedside manner. I couldn't recommend anyone more highly. I would also like to mention his wonderful staff that make your experience as easy and hassle-free as possible. Kimberley is very helpful and friendly. She tried to get me the lowest out -of-pocket fees for the surgical center and took care of everything. I am so grateful to Dr. Keyes and his staff for everything they have done for me."- K.S. / Yelp / Mar 05, 2015
"Dr. Keyes performed a breast augmentation for both my sister and I. He not only has the experience and continuing education for his career but demonstrates professionalism and integrity in his work of art. We are extremely satisfied with both the results and recuperation was quick and painless. His assistant is also extremely kind and personable. I continue to refer friends and family to him and would highly recommend him to anyone. I'd leave full confidence and trust in him once again."- L.G. / Yelp / Nov 15, 2013
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.