How to know if you are a good candidate for breast reduction?

Guest post by Dr Vincent Marin from Marin Aesthetics, Dr. Marin feels that a productive consultation is one of the most important steps in the process of achieving your cosmetic goals.

Breast reduction surgery is one of the most common and successful surgeries that we as plastic surgeons perform. Many women are born with large breasts that interfere with every-day activities. Frequently, a woman’s breasts can be so large as to limit her ability to work out, they can cause both neck and back pain, grooves in the shoulders from chronically wearing a bra and, even recurrent infections that occur underneath the breast itself. Women often complain of it being difficult to find clothes that fit, and that their larger breasts make them look “heavy” or “matronly.” All of these factors can contribute to a woman considering a breast reduction surgery.

Frequently, women with larger breasts will also have a “droop” to their tissues – commonly termed ptosis. This makes the breast sit lower on the chest and frequently leaves the nipple below the breast crease giving an “older” or less youthful appearance to the breasts. This can vary from the nipple being positioned at the crease (grade 1 ptosis) to the nipple sitting very low on the breast mound pointing downward (grade 3 ptosis).  Each of these scenarios require different surgical techniques to help reposition the breast tissue as well as elevate the nipple and areolae to a more ideal location. This can range from liposuction, a lift around the nipple only, a lollipop style lift to the most aggressive “anchor” approach. Each of these surgical techniques has different applications. The degree of breast ptosis and overall breast size will contribute to the technique chosen by your doctor.  The more aggressive the technique, the larger the degree of reduction possible. This must be determined in person while taking into consideration your starting point and ultimate aesthetic goal. Frequently liposuction is combined with the reduction surgery to help contour the lateral chest and better define the breast itself.

Once you have decided that you are interested in pursuing a breast reduction, it is important to meet with several, board-certified plastic surgeons to determine your surgical options. Depending on the circumstances, your health insurance may also cover some of the cost of this procedure. There are a number of variables the need to be considered, and this will vary from carrier to carrier. Thus, it is impossible to predict this without first consulting with your insurance provider.

Thus, if you feel that you are suffering from larger breasts that frequently lead to pain, discomfort, challenges in working out or even limiting day-to-day activities, you may be an excellent candidate for breast reduction surgery. It is important to find a surgeon who performs this surgery on a regular basis and is board certified in plastic surgery. Most women are extremely happy after undergoing this procedure and only regret not doing this sooner.


About – Dr Vincent Marin, M.D., F.A.C.S.

San Diego Plastic Surgeon

Clinic: 9834 Genesee Ave #328 La Jolla, CA 92037

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Vincent P. Marin, MD, FACS, is a native of San Diego and graduate of the University of San Diego High School (now Cathedral Catholic High School).  Dr. Marin was afforded a number of exceptional educational opportunities. Dr. Marin pursued his higher education on the east coast where he graduated with honors from Harvard University in Cambridge, MA and subsequently earned his medical degree from the prestigious Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, NY.

During his extensive surgical training, he served as Chief Resident of the Baylor College of Medicine Division of Plastic Surgery at the world-renowned Texas Medical Center. A Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Marin is among the academic elite in his specialty achieving two Ivy League degrees.