Female Breast Reduction

     Breast reduction (or reduction mammaplasty) is a surgical procedure that reduces the size of the breasts and  helps relieve the neck, back and shoulder strain that is caused by excessively large breasts.   Excess skin and breast tissue are removed and the breast is lifted as well.  Women who have breast reduction surgery find that they are able to  be more physically active and are able to wear bras and clothes more comfortably.   Women of all ages can benefit from breast reduction. 

Reasons for Considering a Breast Reduction:

  • Back, neck or shoulder pain caused by large heavy breasts.
  • Lack of self confidence due to overly large breasts
  • Restriction of physical activity due to the size and weight of the breasts.
  • Painful bra strap marks with deep shoulder grooves and/or rashes as a result of large breasts.

General Procedure

     Breast reduction surgery is an outpatient surgical procedure perfomed with the patient asleep under anesthesia.  It usually takes about 4 hours.  Excess breast tissue and skin are removed and the areola and nipple are repositioned but stay attached to the breast.   All breast tissue that is removed is sent to a pathologist for examination.  Scars will be present around the areola and underneath the breast so as to have minimal visiblilty.  Breast reduction surgery can change your life! 

   Of all the plastic surgery procedures, breast reduction is one of the  most positive body-image changes.  Patients are pleased with the improvement in neck, back and shoulder pain caused by large breasts as well as a better proportioned body, increased self conficence, and better fitting clothes.

Recovery Process

    Post-operative instructions call for plenty of rest to speed up the healing process and reduce the recovery time.  Light dressings and a surgical bra are placed on the patient immediately following surgery.   You will need to take it easy for 2-3 weeks.   Pain is usually minimal.  While complications are rare, patients can minimize potential problems by carefully following the instructions given after surgery.