Breast Reduction

Many people suffer from the discomfort and self-consciousness that can be caused by having breasts that are too large for their body frame. Thankfully, with procedures like breast reduction surgery, Orange County plastic surgeon Dr. Daniel C. Mills can remove excess fat and tissue from the breasts and decrease their size, making the breasts more proportionate to your body. With breast reduction, you can achieve a more comfortable breast size and enhance your appearance.

Please contact Dr. Mills to schedule a consultation for breast reduction surgery at our Orange County area practice.

Breast Reduction Benefits

Patients who have breasts that are too large for their bodies often encounter back, shoulder, and neck pain; excessive drooping or sagging of the breasts; indentations in the skin made by bra-straps; the inability to wear certain types of clothing; and self-consciousness about their appearance. Breast reduction surgery can address these issues and benefit you in a number of ways, including:

  • Decrease breast size
  • Alleviate skin irritation under the breasts
  • Reduce pressure on the shoulder from bra-straps
  • Help with sleeping and breathing
  • Relax stretched skin
  • Reduce pain in the shoulder, back, and neck
  • Improve posture
  • Improve proportion and appearance

Our board-certified plastic surgeon in Laguna Beach is highly experienced and skilled with breast reduction procedures, and can make the breasts more proportionate to the rest of your body.

If you are considering breast reduction, Dr. Mills will be happy to meet with you for an in-person consultation to answer your questions. At this initial meeting, Dr. Mills will go over all aspects of the procedure with you, address any concerns you may have, and help you gain a better understanding of what you can expect. Together, you and Dr. Mills can decide if breast reduction surgery is the best option for your needs.

Breast Reduction Procedure

Your breast reduction surgery can be performed at Oceanview Ambulatory Surgery Center, a Medicare-certified facility. The procedure begins with an incision made around the areola (the dark-pigmented area surrounding the nipple) and down to the crease of the breast. Dr. Mills will remove extra fat, tissue, and skin, and reposition the nipples and areolas. The incisions are then closed. In some cases, liposuction may be necessary to reduce excess fat in the armpit areas.

The entire procedure can be performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient. Depending on the extent of surgery necessary, breast reduction typically takes about two to four hours to complete.

Breast Reduction Recovery

After breast reduction surgery, you will be fitted with a surgical bra or elastic bandage around the breasts to facilitate healing. Some patients may require drainage tubes to remove excess fluids during the recovery process. Stitches will usually be removed after about one week. Although some degree of scarring is inevitable, Dr. Mills will make every effort to make residual scarring as light as possible and easily hidden under clothing. There will be some swelling, bruising, and discomfort after breast reduction surgery; however, these side effects can be managed with medication and will fade as the breasts heal. Most daily activities can typically be resumed after about two weeks. Dr. Mills will advise you to avoid strenuous activity and heavy lifting for several weeks. He will also meet with in follow-up appointments after surgery to make sure the healing process is going smoothly.

Breast reduction is a commonly performed procedure and can bring you greater comfort and more self-confidence with your appearance. Please contact our practice for more information on breast reduction.

If you would like more information on breast enhancement, body contouring, facial rejuvenation, and the many other treatments available from Dr. Mills, please visit our main website at

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