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Am I a Candidate for Breast Reduction?

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Am I a Candidate for Breast Reduction?

Living with large breasts isn’t always easy. Sometimes, they can get in the way of living an active life, making exercise difficult. They can also cause pain and fatigue due to the sheer weight of carrying them around every day. 

Dr. Tenley Lawton offers breast reduction surgery to alleviate these concerns. This procedure helps to make living in your body more comfortable and can contribute to higher self-worth and a more active lifestyle. 

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*Individual Results May Vary

Breast Reduction Overview

A breast reduction is a surgical procedure that removes excess tissue from the breasts, allowing them to be reduced. Patients who see the best results have fully-developed breasts and are no longer breastfeeding or pregnant. 

Signs You Are a Good Candidate for Breast Reduction

There are several signs that you may be a good candidate for breast reduction:

Chronic Pain

Many patients seeking breast reduction have chronic pain. When breasts are too heavy, they can put excessive pressure on other tissues in the body, particularly the upper back and neck. Over time, this can cause damage and generate long-term pain conditions.

Breasts themselves can also become painful if they become unmanageably large. Some patients, for instance, can experience friction burns or a sensation of excessive fullness and pressure in the breast tissue. So reducing them can help alleviate multiple sources of pain. 

Decreased Self-Image

Even if you have no pain in your breasts, their large size may still adversely affect you. Breasts that sag, hang or look “pendulous” could lead to lower levels of self-confidence. 


The first step is to schedule an in-person consultation with Dr. Lawton or one of our trusted providers at Tenley K Lawton M.D. in Neport Beach, CA. Simply fill out the form on this page and we will reach out to you promptly to schedule your appointment.

Breast reduction lets you both reduce the size of your breasts and improve their shape. Dr. Lawton can ensure that they appear more symmetrical and reduce the size of the nipple. 

Please note that you do not have to have a specifical health or medical complaint to get a breast reduction. Cosmetic motivations are a sufficient and valid reason for undergoing this procedure. 

Overall Healthy Individual

Lastly, good candidates for breast reduction should be in good health overall. You should not currently be pregnant or breastfeeding. And you should be a non-smoker. 

If you can’t give up smoking long-term, you should try to quit both before surgery and during recovery. This way, you will give your body the maximum opportunity to heal. If you don’t stop smoking, it may increase the chance of complications. 

Benefits of a Breast Reduction

The benefits of breast reduction are tremendous. They include:

  • Reduced pain in the upper back, neck and other supporting tissues
  • Improvement in appearance and self-image. Breasts appear reduced and have a more compact, defined shape
  • Improvement in the symmetry of the breasts
  • Enhanced ability to exercise and live an active lifestyle
  • Reduced friction and uncomfortable feelings of fullness in the breast area
  • Reshaped and repositioned nipples for a more symmetrical appearance
  • Resumption of normal activities in as little as six weeks


*Individual Results May Vary


Dr. Lawton strives to provide the best experience for everyone who chooses her practice for their aesthetic needs. Read why our patients love their results & experience with Dr. Lawton and her team of expert providers.

Take the Next Step

Would you like to learn more about breast reduction? Simply fill out the form on this page or call Tenley K. Lawton M.D. at (949) 640-0999 to schedule your consultation with Board-Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Tenley Lawton. Proudly serving Newport Beach and the greater Orange County, CA area.

*Individual Results May Vary.

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