Breast Reduction

Overly large breasts can cause some women to have both physical and emotional problems. In addition to self-image issues, they may also experience physical pain and discomfort. The weight of excess breast tissue can impair a woman’s ability to lead an active life. The emotional discomfort and self-consciousness often associated with having large, pendulous breasts is an issue for many women in addition to the physical discomfort and pain.

Also known as reduction mammaplasty, breast reduction surgery removes excess breast fat, glandular tissue and skin to achieve a breast size that is proportional to your body and to alleviate the discomfort associated with overly large breasts.

About the Procedure

There are variations to the incisions used for breast reduction. The traditional method of lifting the breast uses three incisions: one around the areola, the second vertically from the bottom edge of the areola to the crease under the breast, and the third along the curve of the breast crease. Your surgeon will inform you which incisions are best for you. After excess skin and breast is removed, the nipple and areola are moved to a higher position. Skin that was located above the nipple pre-surgery is pulled down. Together these two maneuvers give a new shape to the breast. Liposuction may also be employed to improve the contour under the arm.

Is it right for me?

Breast reduction is a good option for you if:

  • You are physically healthy
  • You have realistic expectations
  • You are a non-smoker
  • You are bothered by the feeling that your breasts are too large
  • Your breasts limit your physical activity
  • You experience back, neck and shoulder pain caused by the weight of your breasts
  • You have regular indentations from bra straps that support heavy, pendulous breasts
  • You have skin irritation beneath the breast crease
  • Your breasts hang low and have stretched skin
  • Your nipples rest below the breast crease when your breasts are unsupported
  • You have enlarged areolas caused by stretched skin