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Breast Reduction

Breast Reduction with Lift Spokane and Tri Cities, WA

Breast Reduction and lift in Spokane, Washington and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho is performed at Shape Cosmetic Surgery, the Northwest’s premiere provider of cosmetic and plastic surgical procedures.  This combined procedure can effectively reduce, lift, and reshape the breast. It can alleviate back and neck problems, shoulder blade grooving from the bra straps, and rashes (intertrigo) along the inframammary folds associated with hygienic contact dermatitis or infections, while avoiding a loss of sensation from stretched nerves.

It is important to describe in detail what you would like to improve before surgery. When Dr. Lundeby, a Northwest breast reduction and lift specialist, fully understands your expectations, he will be able to help be sure your goals are realistic, and explain how they can be attained.

He will first examine your breasts and talk about your desired outcome. Because breast tissue is removed with a reduction, he requires all patients to have a mammogram before they undergo surgery.

Breast Reduction and Breast Lift Techniques

Breast reduction procedures are usually performed using the Wise-pattern technique, which is an anchor scar where dermoglandular tissue is removed both in the medial and lateral breast. In addition, the nipple-areolar complex on the inferior pedicle is superiorly re-positioned. A breast reduction may involve nipple and areola repositioning to a higher position for a more desired shape.

Breast reductions may require liposuction of the lateral breast, removing tissue from the axillary tail-of-Spence. When the lateral breast is quite full and not suctioned, women often complain of inability to bring their arms down to the sides of their chest without constant heaviness and fullness in that area.

Maintaining good blood supply to the nipple areolar complex is very important, as it will help prevent devascularization of the nipple.  Your surgeon will want to see you the day after surgery to make sure you are healing properly.

Although some patients choose to have implants put in at a later date to improve the fullness at the top of the breast and to create a more defined breast cleavage, the typical time it takes to undergo a combined breast reduction and breast lift procedure is between 2 and 4 hours.

Potential Side Effects and Complications

It is not uncommon to have asymmetry (small difference in size) following breast reduction, which is most often due to swelling and bruising of the tissue. With any breast reduction surgery there is a risk of change or loss of sensation and the loss of an ability to produce milk. However, these risks are greatly reduced by choosing a well-qualified doctor at Shape Cosmetic Surgery & Med Spa, PLLC.

Insurance Coverage

Insurance may cover your surgery if the size of your breasts are the cause of health problems, but it is important that you contact your health insurance carrier first to find out if you qualify. Here at Shape patients are required to pay for the procedure and then be reimbursed by their insurance carrier.


Patient satisfaction with breast reduction is very high due to symptom relief and excellent aesthetic results. The scars fade in time. 

Contact us for a Free Consultation

If you are considering undergoing breast reduction surgery and/or a breast lift, be sure to discuss your goals and expectations in detail with Dr. Lundeby during your visit. We look forward to seeing you for your consultation. During this time, you will be able to view before and after photos of patient results. Please call 509.458.SKIN to make your appointment with Shape Cosmetic Surgery & Med Spa, PLLC.