Breast Reduction

Breast reduction surgery, medically referred to as reduction mammaplasty, is a surgical procedure designed to reduce the size and volume of the breasts by removing excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin. This procedure is particularly beneficial for individuals with disproportionately large breasts, as it can alleviate discomfort and improve both physical and psychological well-being.


Breast reduction surgery offers several potential advantages, including enhanced self-image and increased participation in physical activities. By reducing the size and weight of the breasts, patients often experience relief from chronic back, neck, and shoulder pain, as well as improved posture and the ability to engage in exercise and sports more comfortably.

Why is Breast Reduction Surgery Performed?

Breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammaplasty, is performed to address the following issues commonly associated with large breasts:

  • Excessive breast weight can strain the muscles and ligaments in the back, neck, and shoulders, leading to chronic pain and discomfort.
  • The weight of large breasts can cause indentations or grooves on the shoulders from the pressure of bra straps.
  • The skin underneath the breasts can become irritated and prone to rashes and infections due to the constant friction and moisture.
  • Large breasts can put pressure on the nerves in the chest and cause nerve pain or tingling sensations.
  • Engaging in physical activities and exercises can be challenging and uncomfortable for individuals with large breasts, limiting their ability to participate fully.
  • Some individuals may feel self-conscious or unhappy with their appearance due to the disproportionate size of their breasts, affecting their self-confidence and body image.
  • Finding properly fitting bras and clothing can be a struggle for those with large breasts, often leading to discomfort and limited clothing options.

How to Prepare for Breast Reduction Surgery?

Your plastic surgeon will likely:

  • Review your medical history and assess your overall health
  • Discuss your desired breast size and appearance post-surgery
  • Explain the surgical procedure, its risks, benefits, and potential side effects such as scarring and changes in sensation
  • Conduct a physical examination and take measurements of your breasts
  • Take photographs of your breasts for medical documentation
  • Provide information about the anesthesia used during the surgery

Preparing for breast reduction surgery may involve:

  • Undergoing a mammogram or other breast imaging tests to assess breast tissue
  • Ceasing smoking for at least six weeks before and after the surgery to promote better healing and reduce complications
  • Avoiding the use of aspirin, anti-inflammatory medications, and herbal supplements prior to the surgery to minimize the risk of excessive bleeding during the procedure.

Breast Reduction Procedure

Breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammaplasty, is a surgical procedure that aims to reduce the size and reshape the breasts. The specific technique used may vary depending on individual factors and surgeon preference. Here is a general overview of the breast reduction procedure:

Anesthesia: The surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia, which means you will be asleep and pain-free during the procedure.

Incision: The surgeon will make incisions on the breasts following a predetermined pattern. The most common incision patterns include the anchor-shaped (inverted T), vertical, or keyhole incisions.

Tissue removal and reshaping: The surgeon will remove excess breast tissue, fat, and skin to achieve the desired breast size and shape. The remaining breast tissue is then reshaped and repositioned to create a more proportionate and lifted appearance.

Nipple and areola adjustment: If needed, the position and size of the nipple and areola may be adjusted to match the new breast contour.

Incision closure: The incisions are carefully closed with sutures, and the breasts are bandaged or wrapped with surgical dressings.

Recovery and post-operative care: After the procedure, you will be closely monitored in a recovery area. You may experience temporary swelling, bruising, and discomfort, which can be managed with pain medication prescribed by your surgeon. You will be given instructions on how to care for your incisions, wear a support bra, and gradually resume normal activities.

Results: Over time, as the healing process progresses, the swelling will subside, and the final results of your breast reduction will become more apparent. Scars will gradually fade but may take several months to a year to fully mature.

× How can I help you?