Breast Reduction


Breast Reduction is one of the most satisfying procedures performed in plastic surgery. The patients get the relief of literally having a weight lifted off of their chest. The improvements in neck, shoulder, and back pain have been proven time and time over. The other benefit is of course, you will have perkier more shapely breasts that fit better into clothes and are proportional to your body. Dr. Paul Warner Papillion is a double board certified plastic surgeon who performs only cosmetic breast reductions. By not taking insurance, he is not held to any parameters that will dictate how much breast tissue you have to remove in order to get the procedure covered by insurance. This freedom allows him to focus only on your goals for final size, shape, and appearance. Dr. Papillion loves being able to customize what you desire for the outcome, not what the insurance agent wants. Below, Dr. Papillion has answered some of the most common questions associated with breast reduction. Keep reading to learn more!

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Quick Facts:

Breast Reduction

Cost: 11000-13000
Downtime: 7-10 days
Pain Scale: 6-7
Also known as: Vertical breast reduction, Breast lift, Breast reduction with implant,

For years, I had been unhappy with the size and shape of my breasts. I could not fit into clothes, bathing suits, or t-shirts. I had to find clothing options that were wide and boxy. Finally, I decided to look into plastic surgery. I met with Dr. Papillion. He recommended a combination of breast reduction and a lift. It’s been 2 months since the surgery and I love the results. Everything fits so well. It changed the entire shape of my upper body and balanced me out. I am so glad I chose to do this.


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Does a breast lift come with a breast reduction?

Yes. When you perform a breast reduction you have lifting in two ways. One, the decrease in weight will have less downward pull, and two, I will shape and lift the breast higher on the chest with the breast reduction procedure.

What kind of scars will I have?

There are several “scar” patterns used when performing a breast reduction. The most commonly used scar is called a wise type scar. In a wise type scar you have incisions that go around your areola, vertically down your breast, and then underneath your breast. The scar looks like an anchor. The next most common scar is a vertical reduction scar. This scar is the same as the wise, however it has no or a minimal scar running underneath the breast. There are other scar patterns, however these are the two most common ones.

How do I decide my final size?

Your goal size and appearance is ultimately your choice. However, we make the plan together. My job is to listen to what you desire, review photos of prior reductions, and to give you an idea of your anticipated changes and how you will look after surgery. Through our conversation and reviewing photos, we will obtain a custom plan that should get you very close to what you desire.

What does recovery look like?

Breast ReductionWhen you wake up in the recovery room, you will be wearing a sports bra with gauze over your incisions. You will go home the same day. When you get home you can rest quietly with your upper body elevated on a pillow or in a recliner. Light walking is encouraged. You can take a shower the next day. The first week you have some incisional soreness, and general discomfort which you will have pain medication to help with. You will see me a week after surgery. At this visit we will make sure everything is healing well. You can return to desk type work and activities after the first week if desired. At 3 weeks you can start to elevate your heart rate by walking faster and starting lower body exercise. At 6 weeks you can return to most activities as tolerated.

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These were some of the most common questions asked about breast reduction surgery. Dr. Papillion would love to meet with you to discuss your goals and desires. Schedule an appointment today!

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