Breast Reduction

 Breast Reduction: Figure A

Figure A

Incisions following the breast's natural contour define the area of excision and the new location for the nipple and areola. Skin in the shaded area is removed, and the nipple and areola are moved to a higher position.

Breast Reduction: Figure B

Figure B

Skin formerly located above the areola is brought down and together to reshape the breast.

Breast Reduction: Figure C

Figure C

After surgery, the breasts are higher and firmer, with temporary stitches usually located around the areola, below it and in the crease under the breast.

Breast Reduction: Figure D

Figure D

After surgery, the breasts are higher and firmer, with temporary stitches usually located around the areola, below it and in the crease under the breast.

If you are a woman with overly large breasts, breast reduction surgery can be a tremendously life-enhancing option. The procedure will give you far more than just smaller, firmer breasts. You'll also get significant relief from many physical and emotional discomforts, a new sense of freedom in your exercise and physical activity, and the ability to wear a greater variety of clothing styles. In fact, of all the procedures that plastic surgeons perform, breast reduction ranks among the highest in patient satisfaction.

Is breast reduction right for you?

Childbirth and breast-feeding may affect the size and shape of your breasts. If you plan to breast-feed in the future, you should discuss that with us. You may be a good candidate for breast reduction if you have any of the following conditions: (See Figure A.)

  • Back, neck or shoulder pain caused by the weight of your breasts
  • Heavy, sagging breasts with very low nipples and areolas
  • Breasts that are too large in proportion to your body frame
  • Skin irritation beneath the breasts
  • Indentation in your shoulders caused by tight bra straps
  • Restriction of physical activity due to the size and weight of your breasts
  • Feelings of self-consciousness about the large size of your breasts
  • One breast that is much larger than other

How is breast reduction performed?

The specific method chosen for your breast reduction will be determined by your anatomy, and your desired results. (See Figures B and C.)

How will I look and feel right after surgery?

Within the first week:
You will begin to move about more comfortably and perhaps even return to (non-strenous) work. Surgical drains will be removed and dressings will be changed.

After several weeks:
Bruising, swelling and normal periodic discomfort will diminish. You can discontinue wearing a support bra. Sensation within the nipple and areola area will gradually improve. You may return to most of your normal activities, including mild exercise.

After a few months:
Your breasts will start settling into a more natural shape. Incision lines will begin to fade. (See Figure D.) If you haven't felt it sooner, you will notice relief from neck, back, and shoulder pain.