What You Should Know about Breast Reduction Surgery

Breast Reduction Surgery in San Francisco Bay Area

Disproportionate breasts may look awkward or cause immense discomfort. Breast reduction surgery helps to correct these problems by removing excess skin and breast tissue, so they are more proportionate to your frame and body shape.

Will there be scarring after breast reduction?

A lot of women are concerned about scars after surgery. While you shouldn’t expect zero scarring, our doctors are highly skilled to ensure scarring is minimal. Scarring may be contained  in the armpit, around the nipple or straight down to the fold beneath the breast and in the fold itself. Scars are minuscule in size and inconspicuous. Moreover, using special creams and lotions or laser treatments can help to fade surgical scarring.

What is the minimum age for breast reduction surgery?

Breast development can continue into the early twenties. It is advisable not to opt for this procedure before development has stopped.  Continuing to develop after a breast reduction procedure,  may leave you with unsatisfactory results and / or the surgery being repeated.  Adjusting to this surgery during teen years may also be emotionally difficult. Insurance providers will not cover the cost of a breast reduction if a woman is younger than eighteen years of age.

Breast Reduction by Dr. Usha Rajagopal

Breast Reduction by Dr. Usha Rajagopal

Breast Reduction by Dr. Usha Rajagopal

Breast Reduction by Dr. Usha Rajagopal

Do I need breast reduction surgery?

  • Women with overly large breasts may find simple tasks to be uncomfortable. especially when it comes to resting or sleeping.
  • Some women feel embarrassed due to large breasts. This isn’t a superficial reason but a logical one.
  • Many women are unable to perform certain activities ranging from running to playing sports. Reduced breast size can help with these problems.
  • Large breasts cause strain on the shoulders and back, which causes tingling, aches and pains. This is one of the most common reasons why women opt for surgery, apart from aesthetic grounds.

We have one of the leading surgeons in cosmetic surgery, Dr. Usha Rajagopal. Dr Rajagopal has been regarded as one of the top plastic surgeons in the Bay Area and is a platinum injector and trainer for Allergen. (The makers of Botox and most commonly used breast implants)

Interested in learning more? Click the following link: Breast Reduction Surgery in San Francisco. Give us a call: ( 415) 392-3333

Breast Reduction Exercises – Does It Aid in the Final Result?

Breast Reduction – Can Exercises Aid in the Final Result?

Oversized breasts can be quite uncomfortable and may lead to chronic nerve problems and severe back ache. Just sitting in a comfortable position can be an ordeal. Participating in sports and similar activities becomes problematic as well.

What techniques are used?

Breast reduction surgery helps in alleviating pain and other issues while reducing and toning the breasts to create a look that is more proportionate to one’s frame. Below are some commonly used methods:

  • Standard incision – Usually done when large quantities of tissues require removal.
  • Vertical incision – Often known as the LeJour process, which involves tissue removal in moderate amounts and imparts a shapelier breast. It is one of the most popular procedures.
  • Scarless – Removal of fat via liposuction. Unlike a one-time surgery; it is generally carried out over several weeks.

Does exercise help?

Apart from surgeries, there are some potential breast reduction exercises that can aid in toning and reducing breast sizes.

Breast Reduction Exercises

Push Ups

Keep your hands on the floor and just a little farther apart than shoulder width – lift the body slowly and gradually lower it towards the floor. Your back needs to be straight, while the positioning of hands either further or closer apart regulates the intensity of push ups.


Using dip bars for this exercise, keep the lower legs crossed and knees bent, while extending yourself at arms length over and above the bars to where the chest almost touches the front of the bar. Lower and raise the body slowly.

Pec Deck Butterflies

This exercise requires a machine too, known as the Pec Deck machine. Adjust the seat to the correct height – once in the sitting position, bring the elbows and forearms together as you inhale, then returning to original position while exhaling.

Barbell Bench Press

Lie down with your back straight on the bench, and bring the weight to the top of the chest while inhaling, and then exhale while bringing the weight slowly down again. Please make sure you don’t touch the chest when the weight is brought down. Avoid arching the back.

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Top 5 Breast Reduction Myths

Reduction mammoplasty, (more commonly known as breast reduction surgery) helps to lift and reshape overly large breasts. It is done by extracting glandular tissue, excess fat and skin, so you get breasts proportionate to your frame while providing much-needed relief from pain in the neck, shoulders and back areas, caused by continually bearing excess weight. Procedures like breast reduction are in high demand, but its popularity has given birth to some myths too. Let's  take a look at some of the most common breast reduction myths.

Weight loss programs aid in breast reduction

These programs are specifically tailored towards weight loss of the whole body. They might help to reduce chest size by combating excess muscle mass and fat, but don’t affect the breasts directly.

Zero scarring

Liposuction is a “scarless” method but any other type of procedure leaves minimal scars, even when done by the best doctors in this field. Ultimately, the amount of scarring depends on the amount of tissue and skin removed. Most scarring usually fades with time – creams and lotions can also help.

Breastfeeding becomes a no-no

WRONG! You can absolutely breast feed your baby after undergoing this procedure.  However, there may be slight difficulties allowing milk to flow from the reconstructed nipples. - Lactation aids can help with this.

NOTE: it is advisable to wait 3 to 6 months after breastfeeding before you proceed with breast reduction surgery. This is because of an increased risk of blood and/or milk collections.

Allergy medications for post-surgical itching

Firstly, you must not self-medicate in such situations – always discuss any discomfort with your doctor. Keep in mind that antihistamines will not relieve post-surgical itching from the incisions made in either the standard or vertical methods of surgery. Your doctor will prescribe the necessary medications.

No insurance coverage

Perhaps the greatest of the breast reduction myths! Even though this procedure is referred to and categorized as plastic surgery, your insurance plan may cover breast reduction surgeries. However, the final amount payable by the insurance company depends upon the overall cost of the procedure.

Breast reduction surgery can enhance your self-esteem and boost confidence, while relieving you from the pain or discomfort often associated with large breast. Although, it's natural to feel hesitant before undergoing breast reduction surgery, many women take comfort in knowing that when they visit the San Francisco Plastic Surgery & Laser Center, they will be treated by one of the leading plastic surgeons in this San Francisco.

Dr. Rajagopal is a pioneer in cosmetic surgery and has mentored numerous protégés, who have in turn built thriving practices of their own around the world. Combining an artistic eye with nearly 20 years of experience and skill; Dr. Usha Rajagopal truly takes the time to listen to the concerns of each patient, working with them to produce their personal desired results.

Interested in learning more? Click the following link to visit our website: Breast Reduction Surgery in San Francisco.

Give us a call: ( 415) 392-3333


Breast Reduction Surgeries Provide Relief (mammoplasty)

Women consider full breasts and well-rounded hips to be assets, because they contribute beautifully towards making her figure appear more attractive! However, overly large breasts can turn out to be a nightmare, and not just for aesthetic reasons.

Disadvantages disproportionate breasts

Not only does it look awkward, but enormous breasts pose health risks such as:

  • Back aches and shoulder pain, often leading to poor posture.
  • Rashes, irritation, and redness under the breasts.
  • Breathing problems when undergarments are worn.
  • Chronic nerve related problems.


What's the solution?

The most effective technique to get rid of these issues is to opt for a breast reduction procedure. If the breasts are large due to fat deposits, a simple liposuction will suffice, but the process is more complex if it involves removal of excess glandular tissue, fat and skin.  Once the procedure is done, you will be left with firmer and more toned breasts that are proportionate with your frame and body structure. Dr. Usha Rajagopal, one of the leading surgeons in this field and performs these procedures – With more than two decades of experience, you can take comfort that you will be in great hands during your procedure.

What are some benefits of breast reduction surgery?

There are numerous advantages like:

  • Breasts look 'normal' and feel lighter.
  • No more discomfort and unease.
  • Improves posture and balance.
  • Say goodbye to droopy and sagging breasts.
  • Wear undergarmets for hours without shortness of breath.
  • No rashes chafing or itching underneath the breast.


Interested in learning more? Click the following link to visit our website: Breast Reduction Surgery in San Francisco.

Give us a call: ( 415) 392-3333