Overly large breasts can cause some women to have both health and emotional problems. In addition to self image issues, women may also experience physical pain and discomfort. The weight of excess breast tissue can impair the ability to lead an active life. The emotional discomfort and self-consciousness associated with having large pendulous breasts is often as important an issue to many women as the physical discomfort and pain. Also known as reduction mammoplasty, PeaceHealth Medical Group performs breast reduction surgery to remove excess breast fat, glandular tissue, and skin in order to achieve a breast size in proportion with the body and to alleviate the discomfort associated with overly large breasts for patients in the Portland metro area.
Breast Reduction Reviews
"Breast Reduction, Lipo of the Flanks, Inner/outter Thighs and Fat Transfer to Glutes - Vancouver, WA - I can’t say enough wonderful thing about Dr. Allen Gabriel. He is not only one of the very best in field, but he is also the most down to earth and compassionate doctor I’ve met. He is a perfectionist, making sure that you get the best results possible and takes that extra time to go the extra mile to ensure that you are ok both mentally and physically. I felt so comfortable and confident from the day I met him in the consultation. He was very honest with me and advised me on areas I should do and areas I should leave alone and I appreciated that so much. My after surgery care was amazing. Dr. Gabriel keeps close tabs on his patients and truly cares about them and how they are doing. He has this way of making you feel like you are his only patient and you never feel like just another name in a chart. His whole staff is so warm and welcoming. The ladies at the front desk are always sweet and have a smile on their face. His nurse, Ashley, was so helpful every time I came to the clinic or called. Melissa, the surgery scheduler, worked so hard and pulled off a miracle getting the insurance auth that was supposed to take 6-8 weeks in only 3.5 weeks so I could keep the dates I needed for the surgery and recovery time! Everyone went above and beyond for me and I can’t thank them all enough. I am so happy with my outcome. I received a breast reduction, liposuction of the flanks and the inner/out thigh and a last minute decision to do fat transfer to my gluts. I’m so impressed with the outcome and so happy that I trusted Dr. Gabriel on what areas to do and which ones to leave alone. I left a lot of it to his digression and knew I was in good hands. I truly wish there were more doctors out there like him. He is hands down the most caring, compassionate, down to earth, intelligent, generous, funny, passionate doctors I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. It’s so refreshing to have a doctor active and present every step of the way from start to finish. You are one in a million Dr. Gabriel. Thank you again!"- M. / RealSelf / Jul 31, 2014
"50 Year Old Library Lady Remodel - Vancouver, WA - Dr. Gabriel is the most amazing doctors I have ever known. His professionalism and perfectionism and the love of his job shows every time you see him. He is very knowledgable about each procedure and is willing to answer all questions to help you make the right choice. I have absolute trust in him and his staff. I have recommended him to several people and I will continue to do so. If you meet him once you will understand what I am talking about. He is simply the BEST!"- L. / RealSelf / Aug 14, 2014
"Breast Reduction/Lift, Greatly Needed. Vancouver, WA - Dr. Gabriel is a fantastic plastic surgeon. He is professional, caring and personable. He was great in preparation for surgery as well as the after care, going the extra distance to ensure complete preparation and recovery. I completely trusted his work and am very pleased with the results, which actually exceeded my expectations. I'd be delighted to recommend Dr. Gabriel."- U. / RealSelf / Dec 09, 2014
"Smaller Breasts and SO Happy - Vancouver, WA - Dr. Gabriel and his staff are sincerely as good as it possibly gets. He is such and amazing doctor and you can tell he really cares about each patient. He is always cheerful and positive and never rushed. His staff all emulate is professional and positive attitude.In regard to his work...I am extremely pleased with the outcome. He asked lots of questions and I got exactly what I was expecting. Beautiful work!"- A. / RealSelf / Mar 02, 2015
"44 Yr Old Done Having Kids. Vancouver, WA - I was referred to Dr. Gabriel initially by my OB/GYN. She said in her circle of colleagues and her own friends with the ability to choose virtually any doctor, he was the best choice. Next, I asked my circle of friends and his name came up repeatedly for his compassionate care of breast cancer patients. I researched him online and was impressed with his medical background and progressive commitment to always advance his practice to improve patient care."- I. / RealSelf / Aug 31, 2015
It is important to find a highly skilled surgeon who has experience with this procedure. It is important to maintain a good blood supply to the nipple areola complex as there is risk of discoloration and loss of sensation when blood flow is restricted. Liposuction is also implemented to remove the excess fat while the loose skin will be excised and tightened to form the newly shaped breasts. This procedure is also implemented as a way to correct an issue of breast asymmetry.
The most common incision for breast reduction is what they call “the anchor” or a vertical T. With this kind of approach, the incision is made around the areola, extends vertically down to the breast crease, and then is followed by another horizontal incision along the direction of the fold. The areola will be repositioned once the breasts have been resized and recurved. A lift will also be done so that the breasts will be placed higher on the chest.
Breast reduction is always done in an accredited surgical center under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure. The surgery usually takes about 2 to 4 hours. For the first several weeks, the surgeon will recommend the use of a compression bra to protect the breasts. Patients may go back to work within 7-10 days and may resume physical activities (such as exercise) between 6-8 weeks post-operative. Results following a breast reduction are usually visible immediately after the surgery. Nipple sensitivity will gradually return within the first year.
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- Recovery Time
- 2-3 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 3 Hours
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Breast Reduction FAQs
Will Results Last?
Breast reduction is a long-term solution for patients who are affected with excessively large breasts. In cases where there is significant weight gain, the results may be compromised just like any cosmetic procedure that modifies body shape. Natural aging and gravity will take their toll over time and will still affect the breasts with or without the reduction. It is important to maintain a good health routine so that the enhancement lasts for a long time.
For women with larger breasts, the areola is also excessively large. In a breast reduction surgery, an areola reduction is also considered. As an incision is made surrounding the areola, the excess skin will also be trimmed so that it is proportional to the breasts’ new shape.
How Much Reduction?
This varies depending on the doctor’s initial evaluation and the patient’s preference. Often, the reduction results in a cup or two smaller from the original breast size.