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Breast Reduction

What is a Breast Reduction?

Breast Reduction is a surgical procedure that removes excess breast tissue, fat, and skin. Patients who undergo breast reduction surgery are seeking to improve their breast appearance and to alleviate discomfort caused by excessive breast weight. Often women feel that their large breasts limit physical activity and impairs their ability to enjoy an active lifestyle. They also experience back, neck, and shoulder pain, bra strap grooving, and skin irritation beneath the breasts. By reducing breasts size through breast reduction surgery, most patients experience relief of symptoms and a renewed self-image.

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Ideal Candidates for Breast Reduction

Breast reduction is appropriate for patients who are in good overall health and have realistic aesthetic goals. Ideal candidates have no post-surgery healing issues. Patients who are experiencing pain or discomfort due to their breast size are excellent candidates for breast reduction.

Candidates must not be pregnant or breastfeeding. Additionally, candidates must set aside enough time to completely heal following the surgery.


Initial Consultation

After performing an exam and reviewing pertinent health history, your surgeon may order lab work, a mammogram, and other pre-operative tests as deemed necessary. Lastly, you will meet with a surgery coordinator to discuss fees, surgery scheduling options, and make a pre-operative appointment to meet with the nurse for final preparation prior to surgery.

During your initial consultation for a breast reduction, you will meet with our plastic surgeon to discuss your goals and expectations. Your surgeon will provide you with a detailed explanation of the breast reduction procedure, answer your questions, and determine a surgical plan of care based on your expected outcome.


Your breast reduction surgery will be performed in our AAAASF accredited office surgical suite with a qualified anesthesia provider. If your breast reduction is covered under your insurance policy, your procedure will be performed at one of the local Baton Rouge hospitals. Operative time in most cases is approximately two hours. Most breast reduction procedures are performed on an outpatient basis, and patients are discharged home the same day.

The breast reduction surgery will start by administering anesthesia. Once the patient is comfortable, incisions will be created. Breast tissue, fatty tissue, and excess skin will be removed to reduce the breast according to the patient’s goals.

The incisions will be closed using sutures, and the breast area will be bandaged. A surgical bra must be worn to keep the breasts in their ideal shape during the recovery process. In addition, small drains may be placed to avoid the buildup of fluids as the patient heals.

Does Insurance Cover Breast Reduction Surgery?

Some insurance plans do cover breast reduction surgery provided certain criteria is met. Our insurance department will submit all the required information to your insurance company to determine coverage and obtain approval. If your plan has an exclusion or you do not meet medical criteria required by your policy, your breast reduction can be performed as a cosmetic procedure.

What is the Cost of a Breast Reduction?

Pricing for Breast Reduction includes doctor fees, hospital fees, and anesthesia. The cost of a breast reduction surgery may also be impacted by the techniques necessary to accomplish the aesthetic goals of the patient.

*Prices may vary based on the specific needs of the patient and scope of the procedure

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Your nurse will provide you with detailed post-operative instructions at your pre-operative visit and will review them again prior to your discharge home. Recovery time for a breast reduction is about two weeks, and most patients take pain medication for 3-5 days. Patients can typically return to work within 1-2 weeks, but heavy lifting, pushing or pulling should be avoided for the first four weeks following your surgery.

The patient will experience a degree of post-surgical bruising and swelling. It is important to avoid taking part in any activities that could result in trauma to the breast area.

A follow-up appointment will be scheduled to examine the condition of the patient and the initial results of the surgery. Sutures are typically removed during this time.


“OMG!!! I cannot believe these reviews. I am a patient of Dr. John Dean. I had a breast reduction 5 weeks ago and it is totally awesome! 2 years ago I also had a tummy tuck and my stomach is flat as a board to this day. I am a 50 year old wife, mother of 3, and grandmother. The staff there are so professional. They went above and beyond to make each surgery and recovery smooth. I Would Highly recommend Dr. Dean to perform any procedure you might be considering.😍 Also my husband is Loving it too!!!”
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