Breast Reduction

Breast reduction (or reduction mammaplasty) is an enhancement procedure that reshapes the breasts in order to make them smaller, lighter, and firmer.  Reduction is accomplished by removing excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin.  Large breasts can cause physical pain as well as emotional and social anxiety.  Women who take advantage of the breast reduction procedure find that they are able to lead a healthier, more comfortable life, in addition to enjoying a beautiful, more proportionate appearance.

Reasons for Considering a Breast Reduction:

  • Back, neck or shoulder pain caused by heavy breasts.
  • Sagging breasts produced by their large size.
  • Disproportionate body frame attributed to oversized breasts.
  • Restriction of physical activity due to the size and weight of the breasts.
  • Painful bra strap marks and/or rashes as a result of large breasts.

General Procedure

Techniques for breast reduction vary; The surgeon will remove excess breast tissue, excess skin, and reduce the size of the areola.  This is done through incisions around the areola, under the breast and sometimes along the breast fold underneath.  All tissue that is removed is sent for pathological evaluation.  The nipple and areola stay attached to the breast but are repositioned higher.  Sometimes drains are placed.  You will awake in a surgical bra that is soft and supportive.

 Patients are pleased with the elimination of physical pain caused by large breasts as well as a better proportioned body, an enhanced appearance, and better fitting clothes.  

Recovery Process

 Post-operative instructions call for hydration, rest and gentle ambulation to prevent blood clots in the legs.  You will have your dressing changed within a week.  Do not overdo activity as it can result in a hematoma, especially in the first 10 days.  A soft supportive bra is in place.   Patients feel better almost immediately!  No exercise for 6 weeks and regular bras may be worn at about 3 weeks.  Incisions are taped for several weeks to optimize the scar healing.