Breast Reduction at a Glance

Type of anesthesia:
General
Recovery time:
1 week off work (non-strenuous jobs)
Time in surgery:
2-5 hours
When you go home:
Day of operation
Often Combined With:

*Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your experience may vary.

Breast Reduction

What Is Breast Reduction?

Overly large breasts can cause neck and back pain, rashes on the undersides of your breasts, and be an overall nuisance for daily activities and certain types of clothes you may want to wear. Dr. Michael Ablavsky performs breast reduction surgery in San Antonio, removing and reshaping breast tissue, fat, and skin to create results that are more proportional to the rest of your body.  

Is Breast Reduction Right for You?

The decision to undergo breast reduction surgery is a highly personal one that only you can make. Many women who choose to get the procedure share similar goals, such as wanting to:

  • Alleviate pain
  • Feel more comfortable when exercising
  • Widen their wardrobe choices

During the consultation, you can describe your concerns and goals to Dr. Ablavsky, and together you can decide on the best decision for you. The vast majority of breast reduction patients are extremely happy with their results.

How Much Does Breast Reduction Cost in San Antonio?

At our practice, breast reduction starts at $8,470. The actual cost of these procedures varies with the extent of the surgery and other factors. We provide a detailed price quote for your review at the consultation.

How Is Breast Reduction Performed?

Dr. Ablavsky creates a customized surgical plan based on your goals, a physical examination, and any unique personal circumstances. It is an outpatient procedure with incisions that are tailored to your needs. Typically, incisions are made around the areola, then vertically to the fold under the breast, and then along the fold under the breast. This is similar to the anchor incision used for some breast lift patients. The areola and nipple are repositioned to a natural-looking location on the breast.

In some breast reduction procedures, Dr. Ablavsky may combine surgical excision of breast tissue with liposuction to remove excess fat in the area.

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Dr. Ablavsky

Dr. Ablavsky is a fellowship-trained plastic surgeon whose patients trust him for beautiful, natural-looking results from face, breast, and body procedures. He listens closely to his patients' concerns and takes the time to answer their questions with honesty and compassion.

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I highly recommend Dr. Ablavsky for any plastic surgery procedure.

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What Happens During Recovery After Breast Reduction?

Recovery following breast reduction is similar to what occurs after a breast lift, with patients usually returning to non-physical work within a week of surgery. Swelling and bruising are normal. It’s important to get plenty of rest and avoid lifting anything heavy, including young children. Wearing a compressive dressing (that we provide) helps your breasts heal by preventing unnecessary tension on your incisions.

Check with Dr. Ablavsky before resuming strenuous exercise. We provide patients with detailed post-op instructions that minimize the risk of complications or infection when closely followed.

Breast Reduction FAQ

How big do your breasts need to be to get a reduction?

If your breast size is causing physical and/or emotional discomfort, it’s a good time to consider breast reduction. Dr. Ablavsky will discuss the pros and cons of the surgery and help you make the right decision for you.

Is breast reduction surgery covered by insurance?

It can be covered. Because medical insurance companies vary in their coverage criteria, our team is happy to help you make your case. For tips about getting approval, review this blog post.

Can I go as small as I want?

Your final size is a personal decision. Dr. Ablavsky will help you choose a size proportional to the rest of your body so you will be comfortable and your figure will look balanced after surgery.

How painful is the surgery?

Most patients experience mild to moderate discomfort that is controlled with prescription pain medication for the first few days. Your breasts may feel sore and tight for 2 to 3 weeks.

Will my results be permanent?

Breast tissue removed during a breast reduction does not grow back; however, changes in hormones and weight can sometimes cause the breasts to enlarge. Surgery cannot stop gravity or the aging process either.

Is the surgery worth it?

Breast reduction patients are some of Dr. Ablavsky’s happiest patients because of how greatly the results improve their quality of life. Many women wish they had not waited so long to have the surgery.

Request Your Free Consultation

If you’re looking for a plastic surgeon to perform breast reduction in the San Antonio area, request a free consultation with Dr. Ablavsky using the online form, or call our practice at (210) 942-6672 to schedule an appointment.

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