Breast Reduction

Excessively large breasts can cause a variety of physical and/or psychological challenges for women. The added weight can lead to chronic neck and back pain, shoulder aches, headaches, infections under the breast fold, and a general dissatisfaction with appearance. Whether you wish to alleviate those symptoms or reshape your breasts to make them more aesthetically pleasing, breast reduction, also known as reduction mammaplasty, can help.

Breast reduction is a surgical procedure that creates a more proportional upper body through the reduction of excess breast tissue, helping women to reduce their burden while achieving a more beautiful breast shape.

If you are considering a breast reduction, please schedule a complimentary consultation so our surgeon can sit down with you and explain the process in detail. Dr. Song will listen carefully to your concerns and work closely with you to create a surgical plan that fits your needs and goals.

Who is the right candidate for breast reduction?

The best candidates for breast reduction will possess good overall physical and emotional health. You may be a candidate for this procedure if:

  • You are self-conscious about the size of your breasts
  • Your breasts cause chronic neck, shoulder or back pain
  • Your breasts limit your physical activity
  • You have significant sagging or dropping
  • Your breasts cause irritation and/or rashes


Breast reduction surgery is typically done under general anesthesia and performed as an outpatient procedure.

The surgery involves making an incision, then removing excess fat and tissue using liposuction or excision from the breast. The remaining underlying tissue will then be reshaped and excess skin will be trimmed away. If necessary, the nipple and areola will also be repositioned.

Patients are highly satisfied and will notice almost instantly that their pre-operative symptoms are improved or gone entirely.


Following surgery it is common for breast reduction patients to experience discomfort, swelling and bruising for several days. Most women will be able to resume daily activities within a couple of days, and light exercise at the gym in as little as two weeks after the procedure. Physically strenuous activities may be restricted for several weeks. Complete recovery and healing take approximately two months.

Interested in learning more about a breast reduction procedure? To schedule a consultation, please fill out the form on this page or call (949) 701-4454. South Coast Plastic Surgery serves Irvine, CA and the greater Orange County area.