Breast Reduction

Breast reduction is a procedure involving the removal of excess breast tissue and skin to achieve a breast size in proportion with your body and to improve the discomfort associated with overly large breasts. Click below to learn more about breast reduction.

What is Breast Reduction?

  • Removes excess breast tissue and skin to achieve a breast size in proportion with your body and to improve the discomfort associated with overly large breasts
  • The areola is usually enlarged and breast reduction will reduce this as well


  • Achieve a reduced breast size to alleviate the symptoms associated with large, heavy, hanging breasts
  • Give a lifted, more youthful breast shape

You may be a good breast lift candidate if:

  • You do not smoke
  • You are bothered by feeling that your breasts are too large
  • Have breasts that limit your physical activity
  • Experience neck, back, and shoulder pain caused by the weight of your breasts
  • Have skin irritation beneath the breast crease
  • Performed under general anesthesia
  • Incision types – depends on how large the breasts are and your anatomy
    • Around the areola
    • Around the areola and vertically down from the areola to the breast crease
    • Around the areola, vertically down to the breast crease, and along the breast crease
  • Breast tissue is reduced, lifted and reshaped to decrease size and weight
  • Nipple/areola repositioned to natural height
  • Excess skin removed
  • Results are immediately visible


  • Continue to mature and fade for 1 year. The best way to predict how you scar is how you have scarred before.
  • After surgery you will be taken to a recovery area to be closely monitored after surgery
  • You will wear a support bra given to you by our team. This will minimize swelling and support the breasts as they heal
  • You will usually be admitted to the hospital overnight and go home the next morning
  • You will need to wear the surgical support bra for the first 2-4 weeks
  • After 48 hours, you will have reduced activity for a few days, and you will experience soreness for the first week
    • Intermittent soreness can last for a few weeks
  • Generally, you can resume exercise 4-6 weeks after surgery

What results should I expect?

  • Many patients find it helpful to review breast reduction photos and learn about what to expect during recovery as they navigate the decision-making process to have surgery
  • You should feel a dramatic weight lifted from your chest and improvement in your symptoms
  • Satisfaction with your new breast shape and body image should continue to grow and improve as you recover from surgery
  • Final results will continue to evolve over the first year, but will be very close to final at about 3-4 months after surgery
  • Results will be long-lasting, if…
    • You maintain your weight
    • Keep a healthy lifestyle
    • You have completed child bearing
  • Your breasts will continue to age with your body. Skin become more elastic as you age and the reduced breast is no different than the rest of your body in this aging process

Photos are a great way to discuss a procedure, which is why we love to use them!

Photos are also a great way to help you understand your individualized and realistic outcome. Because each person is different in size, shape, body type, and desire, we feel that photos are best “interpreted” and discussed together in consultation. That is why we will use them in a one-on-one discussion that will help you understand the process and results that are achievable in your particular case.

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