Can Breast Reduction be Done Without Large Scars?

Numerous San Francisco Bay Area women ask if a reduction mammoplasty can be done without large scars. This is probably the main reason that breast reduction surgery for some Marin County women is indefinitely postponed. With any surgery, there will be resulting scars. It is the cosmetic plastic surgeons goal to make all scars as hidden and invisible as possible.

There are different ways to do breast reduction surgery, some with more prominent scars than others. Each patient is individual and at the time of the consultation Dr. Delgado discusses which procedure will work the best to get the best results. He will explain in detail what can be expected, and he will show many before and after pictures.

The Anchor Incision

With traditional breast reduction surgery, the resulting scars are either the “inverted T” or the “anchor”. The incision goes around the areola then vertically to the breast crease and across the breast crease, thus is the shape of an inverted T or an anchor. This procedure is the “gold standard” for breast reduction for women with breasts of significant size. It has been observed that women who have had this procedure are thrilled with their results. Most note that after the incisions have healed that they fade and are barely noticeable.

The Short Scar Incision

For the woman that has moderate sized breasts, the short scar breast reduction is a great technique that avoids the incision that goes across the inferior breast crease. It is also known as the “vertical” or the “lollipop” breast reduction.


Lastly, the least invasive of all would be breast reduction by liposuction. Liposuction has only a small incision for the cannula, resulting in a very small scar.  This procedure seems to work the best for younger women with minimal to moderate breast enlargement with normal skin elasticity and minimal sagging.

As one of the leading breast reduction specialists of Northern California, Dr. Delgado is very sensitive to the concerns of women regarding scars. For each patient he minimizes them as much as possible and follows up with scar treatment after surgery consisting of silicone gel sheeting.

Which ever procedure is done, most women are thrilled with their new breasts and are among the most satisfied plastic surgery patients.

Schedule a Consultation

To learn more about the specific causes or treatments for your unique situation, don’t hesitate to contact our team today to schedule your first consultation with Dr. Delgado.

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Dr. Miguel Delgado


Dr. Delgado, MD is a world-recognized plastic surgeon and specialist in the treatment of male breast enlargement, also called gynecomastia. He has developed new techniques and owns and operates, which has become the largest gynecomastia forum in the world. Dr. Delgado holds the two most coveted credentials; the certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and membership in the American Society of Plastic Surgery.

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