Breast reduction surgery is sometimes necessary for women with oversized breasts that have begun to droop. This is because heavy breasts often create various medical conditions including skeletal deformities, neck and back pain and severe headaches. Houston plastic surgeon, Dr. Leo Lapuerta, is a breast reduction specialist offering women in the greater Houston, Katy, and Pearland area the opportunity to have an increased quality of life with smaller, lighter breasts. During surgery, excess skin and tissue are removed. Some women may require a breast lift, and in many cases, the areola will be repositioned.
Breast Reduction Reviews
"I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart, Dr. Lapuerta and staff. You guys made me believe that their still great and wonderful, honest people in this world. I want to congratulate you on the great, wonder staff once again you have. Thank you, My Life, My Angel."- BC / Office Visit / Jan 05, 2014
"I rarely give 5 stars here, but feel like I need to offset the other review I just read that blasted Dr. LaPuerta. The first time I saw him was for a breast reduction. He also performed a lower blepharoplasty that a previous dr had performed poorly. In addition, I asked him for a bit of Botox - my first- and was really happy with all the results. He and the office staff answered my many questions and helped alleviate my anxieties-they were all most helpful and courteous both before and after the surgery. I've been back 3 times to his Botox parties and will say that I waited a long time the first visit, but he still took time with me. The next afternoon visit didn't take as long, and this morning's was a breeze. He has not tried to sell me more than I've asked for, but given me choices if I ask for more (I can only guess that patients like me are the reason why his afternoon appointments tend to run behind). His calming and professional demeanor earn him high marks in my opinion!"- P.D. / Yelp / Aug 20, 2015
"Amazing Tummy Tuck Results - Pearland, TX - After dreaming about a tummy tuck for years after having had my two sons, I finally did it! I chose Dr.Lapuerta because he had performed a breast reduction/lift on my breasts 12 years ago. My breast still look great after 12 years and two kids! He was so awesome and thorough with me then, I knew that he would perform any and all plastic work performed in the future. Dr. Lapuerta's staff is AWESOME! I feel as though I could contact the office at any time if necessary. I developed a Seroma after the procedure, and Dr. Lapuerta has been diligent about addressing my concerns, managing aspirations, and ensuring that I'm happy with the results. I look great and feel great! I love the results!"- E. / RealSelf / Jul 04, 2016
"After dreaming about a tummy tuck for years after having had my two sons, I finally did it! I chose Dr.Lapuerta because he had performed a breast reduction/lift on my breasts 12 years ago. My breast still look great after 12 years and two kids! He was so awesome and thorough with me then, I knew that he would perform any and all plastic work performed in the future. Dr. Lapuerta's staff is AWESOME! I feel as though I could contact the office at any time if necessary."- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Jul 04, 2016
"I had breast reduction surgery several years ago and the results are amazing. I had no hesitation going to Dr. Lapuerta for my tummy tuck. He and his staff are very friendly especially Dawn and Brandi and I was extremely confident that everything would go well. I am 4wks post op and ecstatic at the results. Everything was thoroughly explained so I was never really nervous. He won plastic surgeon of the year in 2015 so that speaks volumes. 5 stars easily!!"- S.H. / Healthgrades / Aug 11, 2016
During breast reduction surgery, surgeon skill is important. In addition to minimizing scarring, there will be a focus on maintaining a healthy blood supply to the nipple areola complex. This is essential because once the nipple and areola are repositioned, blood vessels will work to reestablish blood flow in order to prevent discoloration of the nipple and loss of feeling. Excess breast tissue is generally removed through a liposuction method and loose skin will also be surgically removed.
An “anchor” incision is one of the most commonly used techniques during this surgery. An incision is made around the areola, which extends down to follow the natural curve and crease of the breast. It is also referred to as a vertical “T”. Once the breast is resized and reshaped, the nipple and areola will be repositioned and then the lift will be performed so the breast sits higher on the chest. The incisions will generally include absorbable stitches on the inside of the breast. There are variations to this incision pattern that can be used depending on breast size and aesthetic goals.
A breast reduction is performed under general anesthesia at an accredited surgical facility as an outpatient procedure. It typically takes about 2-4 hours to complete. During surgery, a training tube may be placed to control bleeding and swelling. For the first several weeks, patients will be directed to wear a surgical bra or compression garment. Most patients are able to return to work within 1-2 weeks, and may begin exercising by 4-6 weeks. The visible results of a breast reduction will be immediate. However, it may take 6 months or longer for nipple sensitivity to return.
Because larger breasts sometimes create physical problems for women, insurance may cover a portion of breast reduction surgery. Insurance coverage does vary, thus patients should confirm with their provider as to what will or will not be covered. After the initial consultation, our office will be able to submit an official surgery recommendation letter to the insurance company to assist in gaining coverage. Our billing and insurance coordinator will work with each patient on this. The average cost for a breast reduction procedure with a lift averages between $7,000-$8,500.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $7,000 - $8,500
- Recovery Time
- 1-2 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2-5 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Week
- Procedure Recovery Location
- In & Outpatient
Breast Reduction FAQs
The results following breast reduction surgery should remain the same as long as a significant amount of weight gain does not occur. The natural aging process and gravity will, over time, change the laxity of a woman’s breast, but the size should remain steady if there is not a pregnancy or weight gain that follows.
One of the drawbacks to having excessively large breasts is an enlarged areola (the slightly darker area surrounding the nipple). Thankfully, breast reduction surgery corrects this. Since the incision occurs around the areola, it is a relatively simple technique to trim away the desired amount of areola and reshape it into a smaller size so it looks proportional with the new breast size and shape.
Average Reduction Size?
This varies depending on the patient’s aesthetic and physical goals. After breast reduction surgery, it is common to go down a complete cup size, if not two.