Cosmetic Breast Reduction Overview
San Antonio women who visit Dr. Michael Decherd for breast reduction surgery not only do so because they desire to look better, but they also want to feel better too. Women who suffer from large, heavy breasts endure back, neck and shoulder pain, and activities such as jogging or aerobics are usually impossible to perform. Breast reduction surgery can change a woman’s life, giving her the freedom to be more active and to feel more comfortable and confident in her body.
Cosmetic Breast Reduction Reviews
"I went to Dr. Decherd on the recommendation of one of my physicians. I had planned to talk to several doctors but from my first contact with his office, I felt I had found the right plastic surgeon for me. Not only does Dr. Decherd have a way of making you feel at ease, his office staff is wonderful. I had a tummy tuck and breast reduction done and my only regret is that I waited so long to do it. I had a few minor problems and every time I contacted his office they were more than willing to address my concerns and if needed, speak to the doctor and get back with me. This was a major step for me but because of my positive experience I am always recommending my procedure and doctor to friends and family."- S.H. / Google / Apr 25, 2015
"Breast Reduction - San Antonio, TX - I couldn't say enough good things about my PS. He was wonderful and his office staff is wonderful. I would highly recommend him to anyone."- S. / RealSelf / Nov 08, 2014
"Dr. Decherd was a Godsend for me. I had been searching high and low for a doctor who was willing to take on a high-risk patient for a breast reduction when I found him. I had been suffering from excrutiating back pain due to the massive, misshapen boobs I was *blessed* with, and was on multiple pain meds to no avail. Dr. Decherd did the surgery. I came through with no complications, and I haven't had any back pain since. And although I wasn't that concerned with looks, only with the pain I was in, I must say he did a beautiful job. He also tried a relatively new technique on me with fewer incisions that cut down on my chances for complications and pain. Surgeons aren't usually known for their compassion, but this doctor should be. There's little money to be made in breast reductions, but he took on a complicated case anyway and totally improved my quality of life when no one else would. I can't thank him enough."- Anonymous / RateMDs / Jul 07, 2007
"Dr. Decherd and his staff are absolutely amazing. From the very first visit, to my last visit. My experience was wonderful! I had a breast reduction and I love, love the results. I would HIGHLY recommend Dr. Decherd."- W.L. / Google / Nov 17, 2016
"Just called for a appointment ..Got An Appointment quickly. I was so please with the staff during my consultation. l booked my Breast reduction that day and paid Surgery date was Aug 10 2017...i love it I was the best investment ever..i love the Dr's work..Years of suffering with neck and back pains I'm in relief and feel good with my new look..Thanks you so much..looking to do more business..Already referred a few people..Good Job Micheal Decherd..Monisha Mcafee I'm so happy with my new look.."- M.M. / Google / Aug 14, 2017
Cosmetic Breast Reduction Surgical Technique
A good breast reduction doesn't just reduce the volume of the breasts, it lifts and reshapes them so they're "perkier" as well as smaller. Dr. Decherd typically uses an inverted "T" or anchor incision, which encircles the areola, descends vertically down the lower pole of the breast, and then horizontally in the inframammary crease. The result is an incision that resembles an anchor. Once he removes the excess skin and breast tissue, the nipple and areola are repositioned higher on the chest and then the breast is reshaped to achieve a more youthful appearance. Breast reduction surgery usually involves a reduction of the areola diameter as well. Sometimes, if it's necessary, liposuction is used to remove excess fat from the area between the breast and the armpit.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $5,000 - $10,000
- Recovery Time
- 4-6 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2-5 Hours
- Procedure Recovery Location
Breast Reduction FAQs
Reduction Or A Lift?
Many women are unsure about whether they want or need a breast reduction or a breast lift. A breast reduction (reduction mammoplasty) and a breast lift are almost always related. The primary difference is that a breast lift removes skin, but little breast tissue. A breast reduction is similar, but removes much more breast tissue. All breast reductions have a lift as part of the procedure.
How Bad Is The Scarring?
With breast reduction surgery there is always some noticeable scarring, but over time the scars fade. Many women worry about scarring with a breast reduction, but afterward they usually feel that the physical benefits of the reduction, along with a more youthful appearance, are a fair tradeoff for any scarring. Most women find the scarring secondary to their new breast shape.
How Is The Recovery?
Breast reduction is an outpatient procedure. Patients will be sore and slow moving for the first day or so, but then should be able to get around without a problem. For the first several weeks, Dr. Decherd will recommend that the patient wear a compression bra to protect the breasts. Patients may resume normal activities within the week, but should avoid exercise for about 4-6 weeks. Results are visible immediately after the surgery, but it does take several months for the breast to take on a normal, final appearance. Nipple sensitivity will slowly return within the first year.
How Much Does This Cost?
The final cost will be discussed during the consultation, however the average cost for breast reduction is between $5,000 and $10,000. When we quote our fees we quote the entire cost, which includes use of the surgical facility, anesthesia, surgeon, and any other ancillary fees. Usually the only extra costs are prescriptions and new bras.