Breast reduction surgery patients in Los Angeles are among the happiest of all plastic surgery patients because they both look better and feel better following surgery. When women have large, burdensome breasts, they frequently suffer from a condition called symptomatic macromastia. Symptomatic macromastia is considered to be a medical problem that may include the following symptoms:
Pain in the neck, shoulders, breasts, and upper or lower back
Bra strap indentations
Rashes underneath the breasts
Finger or hand numbness
Difficultly exercising, fitting into clothing or examining the breasts
The weight of her breasts was causing a great deal of pain for this 27-year-old woman. She was tired of having constant pain in her neck and back and wanted to find a talented plastic surgeon who performed breast reduction in Los Angeles. After some research and careful consideration, she made an appointment to see one of Dr. Stoker's Practice'... Read More
This 30-year-old nurse was unhappy with how her breasts had begun to sag. Interested in what plastic surgery could do to restore her breasts, she began looking for a Los Angeles plastic surgeon who could perform a breast lift. She decided to make an appointment with one of the surgeons at Dr. Stoker's Practice.After examining her breasts,... Read More
This 50-year-old woman had considered undergoing a breast reduction for years and now that her children were grown, she decided that it was time to start enjoying life without the burdensome weight of her tremendously large breasts. Without further delay, she began looking for a California breast reduction specialist who could help address her concerns,... Read More
This 47-year-old mother desired perkier and somewhat smaller breasts. She also desired a smoother contour around her axilla and bra area. Dr. Stoker performed a laser breast lift and small reduction, as well as power-assisted liposuction to the axillary “puffs” and lateral chest. She is shown before and two months following her surgery.... Read More
This 48-year-old mother underwent a Laser Bra breast reduction and lift by Dr. Stoker in Marina del Rey. She is shown before and ten weeks following her surgery. The procedure gave her dramatic relief of symptoms her large breasts caused.
This 59-year-old mother complained of breasts that over the years had become larger, droopier and asymmetrical. Dr. Stoker performed a laser breast lift and small left laser breast reduction to improve her symmetry and shape without adding an implant. She is shown before and six months following her surgery. Read More
Although this 62-year-old woman had maintained a nice figure though proper diet and exercise, she felt that her large breasts made her look overweight in many outfits, not to mention they were very burdensome. Wanting relief, she began looking for a surgeon who specialized in breast reduction in Los Angeles and finally made an appointment with one... Read More
After years of pain, this 45-year-old woman was fed-up with her extremely large breasts. She often felt unable to enjoy many activities because her breasts caused her pain or limited what she could do. She decided it was time to make an appointment with Dr. Stoker's practice to discuss undergoing a breast reduction in Los Angeles.During... Read More
This 43-year-old mother desired smaller and perkier breasts. Years earlier she had breast augmentation, but over the last decade her breasts increased in size and droopiness. Dr. Stoker performed a laser breast lift after removing her existing implants. She is shown before and five weeks following her surgery. Read More
This 29-year-old woman had a severe amount of sagging skin on her abdomen and in her breasts following her multiple pregnancies. At her age, she felt that her body looked too old and worn, not at all reflecting how old she really was. Wanting to do something about it, she researched plastic surgery in Los Angeles and found Dr. Stoker's Practice.When... Read More
This 48-year-old woman worked at a designer clothing boutique, but with the large size of her breasts, she felt frustrated that she rarely fit into designer dresses because most of the dresses could not be worn with the sturdy supports she needed to wear. More seriously, the size and weight of her breasts also caused her great discomfort in her shoulders... Read More
After having multiple children and experiencing some weight gain, this 30-year-old woman saw a dramatic increase in the size of her breasts over a decade. Her breasts had become enormous and in addition to limiting her physical activity, she felt significant discomfort because of the size and weight of her breasts. Wanting to find relief, she began... Read More
After years of discomfort, this 38-year-old woman felt that the symptoms she experienced from having large breasts were becoming unbearable. When her symptoms began to interfere even more with her ability to participate and enjoy certain activities, she decided it was time to pursue plastic surgery in Los Angeles.When she met with her board-certified... Read More
After years of considering a breast reduction, this 46-year-old woman finally decided to look for a California breast reduction surgeon. She had had enough after her breasts had become so large they caused her constant pain in her back and shoulders. When she began researching breast reduction, she discovered that laser breast surgery was worth pursuing.When... Read More
After this 35-year-old woman was finished breastfeeding her children, she decided it was time for a breast reduction. She was concerned that her breasts was too large for her body proportion and experienced discomfort as a result. When she began searching for a Los Angeles breast reduction surgeon, she learned about Dr. Stoker's practice and... Read More
This 48-year-old woman was constantly uncomfortable because of her large breasts. Feeling that they were heavy and burdensome, she wanted to find a surgeon who performed breast reduction in Los Angeles who could help ease her discomfort.Together with her surgeon, she discussed undergoing a breast reduction combined with a Laser breast surgery.... Read More
This 18-year-old woman felt that her large breasts were interfering with her enjoyment in certain activities such as running, and felt that they drew unwanted attention to her. After some consideration, she decided to consult a Los Angeles plastic surgeon about breast reduction.When she spoke with her surgeon at Dr. Stoker's Practice, she... Read More
As a musician, this 32-year-old woman felt that the weight and size of her breasts contributed to her fatigue when performing long musical sessions. Feeling that her breasts were getting in the way of her passion, she decided to find a Los Angeles breast reduction surgeon to help relieve her strain, eventually scheduling a consultation at Dr. Stoker's... Read More
After breastfeeding her children, this 38-year-old mother was disappointed that her nipples had begun to point downward. She also felt that the sagging and large size of her breasts made her look overweight in certain outfits since her breasts hung over her abdomen. Knowing that a skilled Los Angeles plastic surgeon could help her, she scheduled... Read More
This 46-year-old mother experienced severe discomfort because of her breast size. Feeling tired of being in pain, she decided to contact Dr. Stoker's Practice to meet with a Los Angeles breast reduction expert about her symptoms. With the promise of finding relief, she was eager to meet with her surgeon after scheduling her consultation.Because... Read More
This 23-year-old woman's large and heavy breasts made her very uncomfortable and she was concerned that her pain would become unbearable once she got pregnant. Aware that breast reduction surgery can sometime interfere with nipple function, she began searching for a California breast reduction surgeon who would take into account that she wanted... Read More
This 64-year-old woman lost over 100 pounds following gastric bypass surgery. She desired to have perkier and slightly smaller breasts. Dr. Stoker performed a laser breast lift and reduction to accomplish her goals. She is shown here before and four weeks following her surgery. Read More
This 55-year-old Florida woman heard about Dr. Stoker's Practice and decided to make the trip to California for a consultation because she was generally unhappy with her body after having children. Her breasts were very large and sagged and she was carrying excess fat on her abdomen and flanks. Knowing that a mommy makeover could help improve... Read More
This 52-year-old woman was tired with how her heavy breasts had begun to droop. She was upset that they looked so deflated and that her nipples pointed downward. She decided that it was time to begin researching a Los Angeles breast reduction surgeon who could restore the look of her breasts.When she came to Dr. Stoker's Practice, she... Read More
This 33-year-old woman felt substantial discomfort and a number of other symptoms from having large breasts. Knowing that finding a Los Angeles breast reduction specialist would be the first step toward relief, she contacted Dr. Stoker's Practice to schedule a consultation.After examining her breasts, her surgeon recommended a Laser breast... Read More
This 28-year-old woman felt physically burdened by her large breasts and, as a model, she felt that her breast size, sagging and asymmetry limited her career because she had trouble fitting into certain outfits. After some consideration, she began looking for a plastic surgeon who performed breast reduction in Los Angeles and decided to schedule... Read More
Feeling that her heavy, burdensome breasts made her mid-section look round, this 46-year-old woman was very unhappy with her breasts. She was bothered not only by their size, but their asymmetry as well. So she decided to explore her options for plastic surgery in Los Angeles.When she came to Dr. Stoker's Practice, she asked about breast... Read More
After experiencing multiple symptoms related to having large breasts, this 18-year-old woman decided to come to Plastic Surgery for a Los Angeles breast reduction. At such a young age, she decided that it was better to find relief from her pain than to endure more years of constant discomfort.When she described her symptoms to her surgeon,... Read More
After experiencing great discomfort because of her large breasts, this 39-year-old mother was ready to see surgeon who performed breast reduction in Los Angeles about her concerns. When she came to Dr. Stoker's practice for her consultation, she was very eager to discuss her options for surgery.Her surgeon recommended that she have a breast... Read More
This 33-year-old mother felt great discomfort because of her large and heavy breasts and felt that their dramatic asymmetry made it difficult for her to fit into many outfits. Since her breasts were such a constant annoyance, she decided to find a Los Angeles plastic surgeon who could reshape her breasts and relieve her concerns in the process.During... Read More
This 55-year-old mother was unhappy with the look of her drooping breasts among other things. After researching plastic surgeons online, she decided to fly to California for breast reduction at Dr. Stoker's practice. Having come all the way from Florida, she was eager to see what her board-certified plastic surgeon could do to rejuvenate the... Read More
Breast reduction surgery is designed to make the breasts smaller and lighter to alleviate the problems of symptomatic macromastia. Although the procedure itself can be performed in different ways, the surgeon performing the breast reduction is the most important determinant of the quality of the result.
Breast reduction is typically performed in tandem with a breast lift procedure. This dual approach ensures the newly resized breasts are perky and well-proportioned. When I perform breast reductions, patients are given a general anesthetic to maximize their comfort and allow me more complete access to the breast structures during surgery. The type of incisions I make typically depend on the degree of reduction required. For example, a minor reduction in volume may only necessitate a relatively abbreviated lollipop incision. This short-scar technique is one of my specialties and is especially appropriate for women with healthy, resilient skin. Patients who require more significant volume reduction are usually better served by a larger anchor-shaped incision. Of the various breast reduction techniques, I can customize a variety of nuances based on each patient’s anatomy and overall desires.
Educated at some of the most elite institutions in the country, Dr. David Stoker uses his highly advanced knowledge to ensure that each patient achieves beautiful, harmonious results — whether it's through a simple non-surgical procedure or a more advanced surgical transformation. Learn more about his unique credentials and his approach to plastic surgery.
Breast reduction isn’t only for women. I often see male patients for contouring of the chest or pecs, a type of breast reduction in itself. The technique I use during depends largely on the patient and his specific condition. Younger patients who have good skin elasticity can often get attractive results with liposuction, which uses very small incisions through which fat is suctioned away. More severe cases may be better served by full excision, which surgically extracts fat as well as glandular tissue to create a flat, well-proportioned chest contour.
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Insurance Coverage for Breast Reduction
Breast reduction surgery is considered to be medically necessary if a patient suffers from symptomatic macromastia. The typical criteria for insurance coverage of a breast reduction include: bothersome symptoms detrimental to quality of life, failure of medical therapy prescribed by another physician or chiropractor, and removal of a minimum estimated weight of breast tissue.
Most insurance plans will cover this procedure for patients with these symptoms if they have attempted conservative medical treatment without success. Most commonly, this conservative medical treatment is provided by an internist, orthopedist or chiropractor. Typically, there is a minimum weight of breast tissue that must be removed from each breast to qualify as a medically necessary breast reduction for insurance coverage. The best way to determine if your procedure is medically indicated is in a consultation with me at the office or through a virtual consultation.
Although breast reduction surgery doesn’t offer instant relief, it comes quite close. By the morning after surgery, most patients report relief from the symptoms of their oversized breasts, including relief from the back, neck, or shoulder pain that’s bothered them for years. Some even report easier breathing thanks to the reduced weight on their chests. However, recuperation after breast reduction isn’t a completely symptom-free experience. It’s important to listen to your body during this time to allow it to heal undisturbed. Follow my guidelines exactly, and don’t strain yourself if you don’t feel up to returning to a particular activity. Generally, my breast reduction patients can anticipate the following timeline:
A few days to recover before returning to work
A month for the incisions to heal before resuming exercise
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