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Breast Reduction (Mammaplasty)

Overly large breasts can negatively impact a woman’s quality of life due to physical and emotional discomfort. Breast reduction surgery, or reduction mammaplasty, can help by reducing excess fat and tissue while restoring an aesthetically attractive shape and size. Breast reduction offers natural-looking, balanced results that enhance comfort and confidence.

Why Choose Careaga Plastic Surgery?

Careaga Plastic Surgery provides cutting-edge technology in an immaculate and serene setting that is ideally suited to your cosmetic needs. The dedicated and professional staff at Careaga Plastic Surgery have an abundance of experience in the beautification industry, and Dr. Daniel Careaga has had years of higher education, training, and experience, which is evident in his extensive career as a plastic surgeon. At Careaga Plastic Surgery, you can expect the best possible aesthetic results in the safest and most comfortable setting.

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Breast Reduction Options


Dr. Careaga performs breast reduction surgery under general anesthesia to ensure a painless procedure. This surgery typically takes between two and four hours, after which you are generally free to go home to rest and recover. During this procedure, Dr. Careaga removes excess breast tissue, fat, and skin to result in smaller, more compact, and less cumbersome breasts.

  • Surgical Breast Reduction

    Surgical breast reduction targets the excess breast tissue that often develops during adolescence. To perform this, Dr. Careaga makes small incisions under the breast and around the areola to remove excess breast tissue and reposition the nipple to a higher, more aesthetically pleasing position. Surgical breast reduction restores a proportionate, natural breast appearance.

  • Liposuction Breast Reduction

    Although you can gain weight in the breasts, it isn’t always easy or possible to lose it once it is there. For women whose large breasts are due to an excess of breast fat, liposuction can be performed. While liposuction can remove excess fat in a less invasive manner, it cannot remove breast tissue and is not always an alternative to surgical breast reduction.

  • Combining Procedures

    Breast reduction, whether it is surgical or done using liposuction, is commonly combined with a breast lift to remove excess skin and lift the remaining tissues. Excess tissue and fat weigh the breasts down, which can lead to premature sagging. A breast lift restores the breasts to a more youthful position.

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Concerns


  • Recovery

    Breast reduction is commonly an outpatient procedure. It is required that you have someone present to drive you home afterward and be with you for the first night. Drainage tubes may be placed in the incisions to remove excess fluids for the first day or so. Bruising, swelling, and discomfort after surgery are common, and oral pain medication can remedy this. A special surgical bra is worn around the clock for the first few days or weeks of recovery to ensure proper healing and promote blood circulation. Sutures are removed after seven to 10 days.

  • Scars

    For both surgical and liposuction breast reduction, scars will be present at the incision sites. These scars will be red and swollen initially but should fade with time. Dr. Careaga is careful to place these incisions in easy-to-hide locations, and all scars can be covered with underwear or bathing suits.

  • Cost

    Breast reduction surgery requires a skilled, knowledgeable, and experienced surgeon. All of these factor into the cost of your breast reduction. Additional cost factors include anesthesia costs, surgical fees, facility fees, and the techniques used for your procedure.

  • Downtime

    The bruising and swelling that results from your surgery may take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to fully dissipate. Most women return to work after one week, but physical activity should be monitored. Sexual intercourse should be avoided for one to two weeks, as this may cause the breasts to swell and hurt, and any strenuous exercise or sports should be avoided for at least eight weeks.

Frequently Asked Questions


  • Am I a candidate for breast reduction surgery?

    Candidates for breast reduction are over the age of 18 and have fully developed breasts. Many women seek out breast reduction to ease the physical and psychological discomfort of overly large breasts. Back, neck, and shoulder pain, skin rashes, and embarrassment are all reasons to consider breast reduction. Candidates for this procedure should be in good general health, be willing to stop smoking for at least four weeks before and after surgery, and have realistic expectations of their results.

  • Are my results permanent?

    The results of your breast reduction are long lasting when they are paired with a healthy lifestyle. Pregnancy or additional weight gain may affect the appearance of your breasts, and breast reduction will not stop the natural progression of aging. The skin of your breasts will continue to age at the same rate as it would have before your surgery.

  • What are the potential risks and complications of breast reduction?

    Breast reduction is generally safe and effective. While rare, complications can occur. These complications include:

    • Anesthesia risks
    • Infection
    • Bleeding
    • Prolonged swelling
    • Changes in skin and nipple sensation
    • Breast asymmetry
  • Should I wait until after I have children to have a breast reduction?

    There is no requirement that you wait until after you have children, and many women choose to undergo this procedure before getting pregnant. Breast reduction will not affect your pregnancy, and many patients are still able to breastfeed to some degree after their surgery. You should note, however, that the results of your surgery may be altered by pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding.

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