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Breast Reduction


Many women with overly large, sagging breasts find them to be both a physical and emotional burden. Excessively large breasts can cause a number of health problems including back, shoulder, and neck pain, and they can also attract embarrassing, unwanted attention. To relieve women of these symptoms, Dr. Martin O’Toole offers his Los Angeles area patients breast reduction surgery. Breast reduction can help improve self image, confidence, and comfort.

Candidates for Breast Reduction Surgery

Breast reduction surgery is safe for most adults of all ages. Generally speaking, female patients who experience pain, discomfort, and soreness as a result of the excessive weight of their breasts make good candidates for the procedure. Other symptoms that these women may experience include:

  • Inability to participate in exercise or physical activities
  • Irritation underneath the breast
  • Indentations in the shoulders caused by bra straps

Most candidates also wish to enjoy a more proportional and aesthetically pleasing pair of breasts.

The Breast Reduction Surgery Procedure and Recovery

The breast reduction procedure is typically performed through an incision shaped like an anchor, which is made around the areola and down the underside of the breast. After the incisions have been made, Dr. O’Toole can remove excess fatty tissue and skin from the breast. Once he has brought the breasts down to your desired size, the incisions are closed with fine sutures.

Recovery from breast reduction surgery is similar to that involved with other breast procedures such as breast augmentation and a breast lift. Patients should allow enough time for the body to heal before returning to work or other daily activities. For most patients, this means resting for approximately two weeks. However, you should always pay attention to your body’s unique timing and healing abilities to determine when it’s best to return to work.

Male Breast Reduction (Treatment for Gynecomastia)

Though the majority of breast reduction patients are female, there are many men who also undergo the procedure. These male patients almost always suffer from gynecomastia, a relatively common condition in which excess fatty or glandular tissue causes enlarged male breasts. Those who suffer from gynecomastia are often embarrassed to take off their shirts at the beach, the gym, or other public places.

Treatment for gynecomastia can eliminate this embarrassment and boost your self confidence.

You will enjoy a flatter, more masculine chest after your procedure. The surgery uses liposuction to gently suck away excess fat until the chest becomes smoother and flatter. Sometimes, breast gland tissue or skin must also be removed to achieve the desired result.

Watch a 3D animation of a breast reduction procedure


Please contact Pasadena Cosmetic Surgery today to schedule your complimentary initial consultation. Dr. Martin O’Toole serves patients in Pasadena, Los Angeles, Covina, Arcadia, and Hollywood, California.

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