About Breast Reduction Surgery
Abnormally large breasts can cause social, functional, and physical challenges for women of all ages and body frames. In addition, uneven and overlarge breasts can create self-confidence issues and embarrassment, as well as pain in both the neck and back. Dr. Timothy Katzen is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, CA who continues to help countless women get back their confidence and feel more comfortable through surgical reduction of the breasts. This aesthetic surgery at J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills reduces excess breast fat and skin, as well as unhealthy tissue to redefine and reshape the breasts to a smaller, more balanced size. Breast reduction surgery also reshapes the size of the nipples/areolas and repositions them so they are symmetrical with the new breast size. In most cases, a breast lift is performed as well to produce a tighter and younger-looking appearance.
If you feel frustrated with large and heavy breasts that create obstacles in your daily life, cosmetic breast reduction may be a good way to get the smaller, youthful shape you desire. This surgery is helpful for women who experience constant worry or find it difficult to lead an active lifestyle because of the weight of their breasts. If you also deal with ongoing skin inflammations or irritations (as well as back or neck pain), this surgery can eliminate these annoyances. It's important that patients considering this surgery place their trust in a trained surgeon, like Dr. Katzen, who understands their desired outcome and has the technical skill to produce a pleasing and natural appearance.
"My experience with Dr. Timothy Katzen is wonderful. His surgical skills are top notch and he has great bedside manner. I have had 3 procedures with Dr. Katzen and happy with all three."- K.Y. / Google / Nov 05, 2019
"Dr. Timothy Katzen is well known and prominent in the weight loss community. When I was looking to get my body lift done, he was always at the top of my searches with very positive comments from his patients and more importantly, he has thousands of before and after photos. I was amazed. My body lift was no different. It turned out wonderful!!!! So grateful for a talented and kind surgeon. Thank you Dr. Katzen for everything!"- A.P. / Google / Sep 12, 2019
"The last 2 years has been life changing for me. I had the sleeve and lost over 130 pounds. I started to exercise and eat better. One of the best things about this transformation is meeting Dr. Katzen and having a thigh lift and body lift by him."- J.A. / Google / Jun 15, 2019
"Amazing experience, wonderful, attentive, caring staff. Great bedside manner. I felt like I was in great hands. So grateful for Dr. Katzen!"- E.K. / Yelp / Nov 14, 2019
"I had arms that flapped after I lost a significant amount of weight. I went to Dr. Katzen for an arm lift and you would never be able to tell I had anything done. Dr. Katzen placed the incisions carefully where you wouldn't see them unless I raised my arms. My scars are healing very well. I can't wait for my incisions to fade like many of his post ops that I met."- H.C. / Google / Oct 18, 2019
Breast reduction surgery is an outpatient process and is performed with the patient under general anesthesia. The length of surgery will depend on many factors, including the complexity of the incision, the reduction technique used, and how much reduction is required. For cosmetic breast reduction, Dr. Katzen also typically repositions the nipple-areola complex. For most patients, liposuction is required for fat and tissue elimination to decrease breast size. During your private consultation, all of these treatment aspects will be addressed with Dr. Katzen. The topic of scarring is also scrupulously discussed as it is common to occur. However, surgical skill and advanced methods have led to a noticeable reduction in overall scarring. Depending on the intricacy of the reduction, either an anchor or a circular incision will be incorporated. The breast tissue will be removed, and the existing tissue and skin are lifted.
What to Expect
After surgery, you will be observed closely in a comfortable recovery area and then released to heal at home. A small, tube-like draining device will most likely be placed near the surgical site to reduce bleeding and swelling. You will also be given a medical sports bra to wear for several days to promote blood flow to the breasts during their initial healing period. Within about a month, your breasts will adjust to their new positions along your chest wall, and any post-op side effects will disappear. The majority of our patients at J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills remark they feel relieved, lighter, and more reassured after breast reduction surgery. Finally, you can buy the clothes you could not wear before and love your new shape. Following your surgery, it's important to stay at a healthy weight so your results are not affected in a negative way.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will my insurance cover breast reduction?
In some cases, your health insurance may cover part of the cost of breast reduction surgery if it is deemed medically necessary. If you are considering using your insurance, please inform Dr. Katzen or a member of our team so we can help with your claim. You should talk to your insurance company to find out if your policy may cover the surgery and what they need to approve it. Your insurance will most likely determine this based on measurements, like your height, weight, body mass index (BMI), and body surface area.
Will my nipples be moved?
In most cases, the nipples and areola will be shifted upward on the breast during the surgery. If a large amount of tissue and skin is being removed, your nipple-areola complex may need to be moved as well. To execute this, Dr. Katzen may choose a technique, like the anchor incision, so the nipple and areola can be moved higher on the breast. It's also possible to reduce the size of the areola with an areolatome. All of these options will be discussed during your consultation before Dr. Katzen helps you decide on the best plan to achieve your goals.
Can I breastfeed after a breast reduction?
Breast reduction surgery may affect your ability to breastfeed. While some women may still be able to breastfeed after a reduction, some cannot. It is difficult to predict whether your surgery will cause you problems with breastfeeding. For this reason, Dr. Katzen recommends that patients be done having children or be willing to not breastfeed before they decide to have breast reduction surgery.
Can my breasts regrow after surgery?
After reduction surgery, your breasts can get bigger or smaller with significant weight changes. This is why it's helpful to be at a healthy, stable weight before your surgery that's easy for you to maintain. During your consultation, Dr. Katzen will talk to you about the best ways to prepare for your surgery and what you should do after to ensure you are happy with your results.
Smaller Breasts, Larger Life
Dr. Katzen has helped countless women reclaim their health for a more engaging life with surgical reduction of the breasts. During your first visit at J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills, Dr. Katzen will go over all of your available options and tailor a customized treatment plan to suit your needs. There's no need to continue living with the discomfort or lack of confidence that can sometimes accompany oversized breasts. Please contact our practice in Beverly Hills, CA to understand more about life-changing breast reduction surgery.