Breast Reduction


Do you feel that your large breasts affect your daily life? Do you have back, neck, or shoulder pain? Large breasts can be a blessing for some and a curse for others.

When a woman sees her breasts as a hindrance that negatively affects her self-esteem, her health, or her quality of life, breast reduction surgery may be the best solution.

East Bay plastic surgeon Dr. Eric Mariotti performs breast reduction surgery for women from Walnut Creek and the surrounding areas who want to enjoy their best life with a more proportionate figure.

or call our Concord office at 925-685-4533 to request a consultation At Mariotti.

Breast Reduction at a Glance

Procedure Length

  • Breast reduction typically takes about 2.5 hours to perform

Side Effects

  • Discomfort for 2 to 3 days
  • Swelling and bruising for a few weeks
  • Normal, visible scarring under the breast


  • General anesthesia

Exercise and Activity

  • Return to work in 2 to 3 weeks
  • Resume mild exercise after 3 to 5 weeks

The Best Candidates for Breast Reduction

The women who see the best results from breast reduction surgery typically experience physical or emotional discomfort as a result of their overly large breast size.

Dr. Mariotti will work with you during your consultation visits to find the appropriate new breast size for your body proportions and personal aesthetic.

What to Expect

During breast reduction surgery, Dr. Mariotti not only removes excess tissue and fat from the breast but also sculpts the breast into a smaller, perkier shape. The technique used is similar to a breast lift.

Depending on your breast size and shape, liposuction can be performed simultaneously on the outer areas of the chest and under the armpits. This helps reduce the bulging areas that commonly accompany larger breasts.

Breast reductions are performed at Premier Surgery Center located conveniently in Concord near Walnut Creek and Danville. Breast reduction patients are typically discharged an hour or two after surgery with some light bandaging to cover their incisions.

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Outstanding doctor and very professional. He listens to your needs and recommends what is best for you.

– Dawn F. (Breast Augmentation)

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Results of my surgery – excellent!

– Karla S. (Breast Reduction)

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I am only 7 days out and my implants already look amazing.

– Amanda E. (Breast Augmentation)

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I can’t express to you how truly pleased I am with the results.

– Paige O. (Breast Augmentation)

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After Your Breast Reduction

Depending on your job, it is often possible to return to work within just 2 to 3 weeks. In most instances, you can resume normal activities, including some mild exercise, after 3 to 5 weeks.

You may continue to experience some mild, periodic discomfort during this time, but this is normal and can be controlled with over-the-counter pain medication.

Most women heal well after breast reduction and the results can be seen and felt right after surgery.

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Breast Reduction FAQs

If breast reduction is deemed medically necessary, then your health insurance company may contribute to the costs of your surgery. However, you will need to verify the details with your insurance provider directly.

There are always risks associated with any breast surgery as far as maintaining your ability to nurse successfully afterward. If breastfeeding is an important consideration for you, be sure to discuss your concerns with Dr. Mariotti during your consultation.

Dr. Mariotti offers a few different options for incision placement during breast reduction, depending on the level of correction desired.

The majority of women benefit most from the traditional anchor-shaped incision, which gives Dr. Mariotti the most access to the breast for an optimum outcome.

Scars can be unpredictable, as everyone’s skin heals differently, but Dr. Mariotti utilizes every tool and technique in his power to minimize the visibility of his incisions.

Most women agree that the scars are nothing compared to having better proportion between their breasts and body and an improved physical and emotional quality of life.

Although future pregnancy weight gain could cause your breasts to change size again in the future, the results of breast reduction surgery should be long-lasting.

The average cost of a breast reduction in the United States is around $5,500, according to the American Academy of Plastic Surgeons.

This number only includes the cost of the surgery itself, however. Other costs, such as operating room and anesthesia fees, may be incurred.

Discuss the total costs of your breast augmentation consultation so that you have an idea of what your expenses will be. This is also a good time to discuss payment and financing options if cost is a concern for you.

Some insurance companies may cover all or part of the costs of your breast reduction if it is being performed to reduce neck or shoulder pain or for another medical reason. Contact your insurance company to see if your breast reduction might be covered.

Cosmetic breast reductions are unlikely to be covered by insurance.

Choose a board-certified plastic surgeon in your area who has ample experience performing breast reductions and other breast enhancement procedures.

Look at before and after photos of women with similar body shapes and types as yours to give you an idea of the level of results you could expect from a particular plastic surgeon.

Referrals from friends and family, as well as online reviews from previous clients, can help you choose a reputable plastic surgeon for your breast reduction as well.

A breast reduction could be an appropriate solution for you if you would like to decrease the size of your breasts, whether for cosmetic or medical reasons or both.

Some women find that overly large breasts contribute to back, shoulder, and neck pain. If there are often red, painful indentations where your bra straps sit on your shoulders, you may be a good candidate for breast reduction.

Keep in mind that virtually all breast reduction procedures include a breast lift, so you will get the benefits of both procedures in one.

If you are not concerned about the size of your breasts but would like to address drooping or sagging, a breast lift on its own may be appropriate.

You shouldn’t feel any pain or discomfort during your breast reduction, as this procedure is performed under general anesthesia. Afterward, some tenderness, discomfort, swelling, and bruising are common side effects.

These symptoms are usually easily managed with the use of prescription or over-the-counter pain medications and should gradually improve as your body rests and recovers.

Most women take around 2 to 3 weeks off work to recover from a breast reduction. You will need to limit physical activity for the first few weeks, gradually introducing your body to light exercise around the three-week mark. It can take up to six weeks before you can resume your regular workout routine.

You may notice an immediate difference in the size and shape of your breasts after your breast reduction. However, it can take around 3 to 6 months to get an idea of what your final breast size and shape will look like.

*Information for education only, not meant as a guarantee of results. Your results may vary. Unless otherwise noted, images on this site are of models.

Breast Reduction
Service Type
Breast Reduction
Provider Name
Dr. Eric Mariotti,
2222 East Street #310,Concord,CA-94520,
Telephone No.9256854533
Walnut Creek, California
Plastic surgeon Dr. Eric Mariotti offers breast reduction surgery for Walnut Creek women who want a flattering, more proportionate breast appearance.