Breast reduction, or reduction mammoplasty, is a safe and effective option for women with large, heavy breasts. Women with large breasts may not only be dissatisfied with their body image, but also experience physical pain and discomfort, including back or shoulder pain in addition to suffering from skin irritation, bra strap indentations, concerns with posture, and limitations with physical exercise.
The best candidates for this surgery include:
- Women whose breasts are fully developed and breasts are enlarged (generally, a size D or larger)
- Healthy women who do not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing
- Non-smokers (smoking may delay healing and increase the risk of complications).
A consultation with a cosmetic surgeon is the first step to learn if you are a candidate for the procedure. Our Plastic Surgeons can explain how a reduction can improve the appearance of your breasts and relieve pain, discomfort and any associated symptoms you may have resulting from large, pendulous breasts.
How is breast reduction performed?
Breast reduction surgery involves removal of excess skin, fat and glandular tissue through incisions on your breasts. Excess fat may also be removed through liposuction along with various excision techniques used by our cosmetic surgeons. If your breast size is due primarily to fatty tissue and excess skin is not an issue, liposuction alone may be used as the key technique for breast reduction. We will determine the best technique to reduce the size of your breasts based on your individual condition, breast composition, amount of reduction desired and your personal preferences.