Breast Reduction

Excess breast tissue, a condition known as symptomatic macromastia, can cause many symptoms including chronic breast pain, upper back, neck and shoulder pain, back aches, and shoulder grooves from bra straps.  In addition to the physical discomfort, individuals may also suffer emotional distress.

Although breast reduction surgery is often performed to address physical discomfort, individuals who do not have medical symptoms may opt to have the surgery for cosmetic concerns, including self-image and wardrobe issues.

Reasons to Consider Breast Reduction

  • Back, neck or shoulder pain caused by excessive breast tissue.
  • Bra strap grooves in shoulders due to heavy breasts. 
  • Breast that are not proportional to the rest of the body.

What to Expect at the Breast Reduction Consultation

Be prepared with the following information:

  • Your reasons for wanting a breast reduction and the outcomes you desire.
  • Any physical discomforts you are experiencing from having excessive breast tissue.
  • Your medical history and allergies.
  • A list of current prescriptions and use of any over-the-counter medications, supplements, and vitamins.
  • Any family history of breast cancer.

During the consultation, your plastic surgeon will:

  • Evaluate your general health.
  • Examine your breasts, taking measurements and photographs. The size and shape of your breasts and the quality of your skin will also be evaluated.
  • Discuss your options.
  • Discuss outcomes and risks of breast reduction surgery.


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What to Expect on the Day of Surgery

  • You will receive medications and anesthesia so you will be comfortable and asleep during the procedure.
  • The surgery will involve reducing the volume of your breasts by removing tissue, fat, and skin.
  • The breasts will be reshaped and lifted.
  • The nipple and areola, the dark skin surrounding the nipple, will be repositioned so that they appear in the correct spot on the breast.
  • Gauze dressings will be placed on your breasts and then covered with an elastic bandage or surgical bra.
  • In some instances, small temporary tubes will be placed in your breasts to drain off accumulated fluid.
  • You should plan on spending the night.

What to Expect During Recovery

  • If your job is not physically demanding, it may be possible to return to work within a few weeks.
  • In many instances, you can resume most of your normal activities, including gentle exercises, after several weeks.
  • Bruising and swelling on and around the breasts, but this will be temporary
  • Mild, periodic discomfort for a while.  
  • Potential Risks of Breast Reduction Surgery

    As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks. Although the risks are unlikely, they could include:

  • Temporary or permanent changes in nipple or breast sensation.
  • Poor wound healing.
  • Scarring.
  • Difficulty or inability to breast feed.
  • Differences in size, shape, and symmetry of your breasts.

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