Breast Reduction And Lift Specialist

Prime Plastic Surgery -  - Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Prime Plastic Surgery

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon located in San Diego, CA & La Jolla, CA

If Mother Nature was overly generous when it came to your breast size, or gravity has caused your breasts to sag, a breast reduction or breast lift may provide just the answers you’re looking for. At Prime Plastic Surgery, James Chao, MD, FACS, has one goal: to offer women the ability to literally reshape their lives. If you’re in the San Diego area, and you’d like to explore your options in a breast reduction surgery or a breast lift, please call the office or use the online scheduler. Please visit our photo gallery to see thousands of patient before and after images.

Breast Reduction and Lift Q & A

What is a breast reduction?

With breast reduction surgery, Dr. Chao improves the appearance and symptoms of overly large breasts by reducing their size and reshaping them. The surgery is specifically designed to relieve symptoms of pain and discomfort in your breasts, shoulders, neck, and upper back.

Juvenile breast reduction is also an excellent procedure for teens who have breast hypertrophy (enlargement of tissue). The ideal candidate is at or near their ideal goal weight and must be willing to accept scars resulting from breast reduction surgery in exchange for an improvement in size, contour, and position of their breasts.

During a breast reduction, Dr. Chao removes excess breast tissue, adipose tissue, and breast skin, which automatically lifts your breasts into a higher position on your chest wall.

The surgery is usually 2-5 hours long depending upon the extent of the reduction and your recovery will take 3-4 weeks.

What is a breast lift?

There are many reasons why women undergo breast lift surgery, including:

  • Weight loss
  • Aging and gravity
  • Pregnancy

The goal of a breast lift is to position your breasts higher up on your chest wall and reduce the amount of skin that rests on your upper abdominal wall.

A breast lift is more complex than simply “pinning” your breasts higher as Dr. Chao needs to move all of your tissue, remove the excess, and ensure that your breasts retain their new positions. To do this, he uses one of several techniques:

A donut lift (Benelli Breast Lift)

See examples: Breast Lift - Donut Photo Gallery

Using this technique, which is often combined with a breast augmentation, Dr. Chao makes an incision around your areola for a periareolar lift.

Lollipop lift

See examples: Breast Lift - Lollipop Photo Gallery

To reduce scarring, Dr. Chao makes an incision around your areola and down from your areola to your inframammary fold. This type of incision allows him to greatly reduce and reshape your breasts.


See examples: Breast Lift - Anchor Photo Gallery

The name of this technique is used to describe the shape of the incisions, which run around your areola and then down to your inframammary fold and to either side.

Dr. Chao chooses the best surgical technique for your unique anatomy and goals and discusses your options with you before your breast reduction and lift.

Can I combine a breast lift with a breast augmentation?

Yes, though the procedure is more complex. If you want to both lift and augment your breasts, Dr. Chao needs to consider the best way to lift your breasts, remove excess tissue, but still leave enough to accommodate implants. Rest assured, he has extensive experience performing this combination procedure and makes every effort to get you the profile you desire.

For more information on breast lifts or breast reduction, call Prime Plastic Surgery or use the online booking tool to set up a consultation.

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