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Breast Reduction Procedure StepsBreast reduction is a major cosmetic surgery procedure aimed at creating more proportionately sized breasts. Apart from aesthetic benefits, the procedure may also help to reduce pain and discomfort in the shoulders, back, and neck. At the time of pre-op consultation, the breast surgeon will discuss about the various steps involved in the breast reduction surgery.  

When the patient learns about how the breast surgery will be performed, it will relieve her of some of her pre-surgery anxiety and make her feel more confident about the procedure. Dr. Eugene Kim is a board certified plastic surgeon providing breast reduction and various other procedures to patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, CA, and surrounding locations.


A detailed personal consultation with the breast surgeon will be the first step in the breast reduction cosmetic surgery process. At the time of the consultation, the surgeon will assess the patient’s candidacy, evaluate her aesthetic goals and expectations, and provide pre- and post-operative instructions for a successful surgery. An evaluation of her current health and a breast exam will also be performed. Specialized mammograms may be ordered in a few cases.



Breast reduction surgery will usually be performed with the patient under general anesthesia, but local anesthesia with sedation may be applied in some cases. This will be the first step after the patient is brought into the surgery room.

An anesthesiologist or a nurse anesthetist may be present throughout the procedure to monitor the patient’s response to anesthesia. Once the surgery is completed, the patient will be brought out of anesthesia.


Incision Placement

Breast reduction is generally performed using one of the following incision techniques: an anchor shaped incision, a vertical incision, or a scar-less incision. The anchor incision is made around the lower half of the areola circumference, going vertically down the breast, and then horizontally across the breast crease.

The vertical incision will be placed around the lower half of the areola, and proceeding vertically down the breast to minimize scarring. A scar-less incision will involve very tiny incisions made in inconspicuous sites through which fat tissue will be removed via liposuction.


Fat and Skin Reduction

Excess skin and fat deposits from the lower portion of the breasts will be removed through the incisions. In some cases, the patient may only have fatty tissue in the breasts, and no glandular tissue. This can be removed simply with a liposuction technique, which will mitigate the tissue trauma, and result in minimal scarring and quicker recovery.


Repositioning of the Nipples

Nipples may have to be repositioned to a higher level to create a natural breast appearance. The surgeon will detach the nipple from the breast and then graft it to a more appropriate site. This step becomes more important for women with excessively large breasts, who require substantive reduction.


Closing the Incision

Following the completion of surgery, the incisions will be closed with sutures. Patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, CA, and nearby areas have an opportunity to receive breast reduction from dedicated plastic surgeon Dr. Kim.

Click here see more plastic surgery procedures and treatments performed by Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Eugene Kim on patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Santa Monica and surrounding areas or call 310-271-6996 to schedule a consultation.

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