Breast Reduction

Dr. Josh Olson of Advanced Plastic Surgery Institute performs breast reduction to provide relief for women from Scottsdale, Gilbert, Chandler, and other East Valley cities who are suffering from the physical and emotional effects of overly large breasts. Reduction procedures create some of the most satisfied patients in plastic surgery. Dr. Olson can alleviate symptoms while producing natural-looking results.

Allow board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Olson to enhance your quality of life through breast reduction. Call our office in Scottsdale at (480) 423-1973 or in Gilbert at (480) 466-7355, or request a consultation online.

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Reasons for Breast Reduction

Oversized breasts commonly cause pain in the back, shoulders, neck, and arms. They can also cause problems with posture, deep grooves in the shoulders from bra straps digging in, irritation beneath the breasts, and even nerve damage. Women visit Dr. Olson for breast reduction for one or a combination of the following reasons:

  • Increasing physical comfort
  • Diminishing or eliminating related symptoms
  • Improving shape and position
  • Balancing the size of uneven breasts
  • Reducing unwanted attention

Your Choices

Known medically as reduction mammaplasty, breast reduction surgery shares commonalities with breast lift surgery, but the goals of each procedure differ. With a breast reduction, the goal is removal of excess breast tissue. Dr. Olson prides himself on spending extra time shaping the breast to ensure the best aesthetic results possible, and he typically uses 1 of 2 primary methods.

Vertical Reduction (Lollipop Incision)

Dr. Olson usually recommends this method for patients who need less tissue removed. It involves a circular incision around the areola and a vertical incision from the bottom of the areola down to the crease beneath the breast (also called the inframammary fold, or IMF). These incisions produce a lollipop shape.

Inferior Pedicle (Wise Pattern, Inverted-T, or Anchor Incision)

For women requiring greater reduction, Dr. Olson may suggest this approach. Its 3 incisions — around the areola, down from the areola to the IMF, and along the IMF — create an upside-down "T" or anchor shape.

Free Nipple Graft

Dr. Olson rarely performs this technique, but he may recommend it for extremely sagging (ptotic) breasts. In this method, the nipple-areola complex is detached from the breast and reattached at a higher, more aesthetically pleasing position. The nipple and areola lose sensation, and nursing is no longer possible.

Cost of Breast Reduction

The price of a breast reduction procedure with Dr. Olson ranges from $8,500 to $9,000. Because of his extensive background and expertise, women looking for a board-certified plastic surgeon in Scottsdale often make the trip to our Gilbert practice. The cost of breast reduction can vary somewhat based on the specific surgical techniques required. Dr. Olson will walk you through that during your consultation.

Recovery & Results

Breast reduction is an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia, so patients need someone to drive them home. Patients may be able to resume work after about 5 to 7 days, and any physically demanding activities should be avoided for several weeks. Pain medication can help patients manage any discomfort during recovery.

Patients can expect bruising, swelling, and most discomfort to disappear after several weeks. After about 3 to 4 months, results will begin to appear. Most importantly, patients will start to notice improved comfort at this time.

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