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Breast Reduction

Breast reduction, also known as reduction mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure designed to reduce the size and reshape the breasts by removing excess breast tissue, fat, and skin. This procedure is often chosen by individuals who experience physical discomfort, pain, or emotional distress due to overly large breasts. Breast reduction surgery can alleviate symptoms such as back and neck pain, shoulder grooving from bra straps, and skin irritation.

Candidates for Breast Reduction:

  • Physical Discomfort: Individuals experiencing physical symptoms such as back, neck, or shoulder pain due to the weight of their breasts.

  • Skin Irritation: Skin rashes or irritation beneath the breast crease.

  • Limitations in Activities: Difficulty engaging in physical activities or finding properly fitting clothing due to large breast size.

Consultation and Planning:

  • Medical Evaluation: A thorough medical evaluation will be conducted by the plastic surgeon to assess overall health and determine if you are a suitable candidate.

  • Discussing Goals: Clearly communicate your goals and expectations for breast size and shape during the consultation.

Surgical Procedure:

  • Anesthesia: Breast reduction is typically performed under general anesthesia.

  • Incisions: The surgeon makes incisions to remove excess tissue. The type of incisions may vary, including the anchor-shaped incision (around the areola, vertically down to the breast crease, and horizontally along the crease) or a vertical incision (around the areola and vertically down to the breast crease).

  • Tissue Removal: Excess breast tissue, fat, and skin are removed to achieve the desired size and shape.

  • Nipple Repositioning: In some cases, the nipple and areola may be repositioned to a higher location for a more youthful appearance.

  • Liposuction: Liposuction may be used to remove excess fat and further refine the breast contour.


  • Post-Surgery Discomfort: Some discomfort, swelling, and bruising are common after the surgery.

  • Recovery Time: Most individuals can return to normal activities within a few weeks, but strenuous exercise should be avoided initially.

Risks and Considerations:

  • Scarring: While scarring is inevitable, the extent depends on the incision type and individual healing.

  • Changes in Sensation: Temporary or permanent changes in nipple or breast sensation can occur.

  • Breastfeeding: Breast reduction may impact the ability to breastfeed, and this should be discussed with the surgeon.

Long-Term Results:

  • Maintaining Results: Results are long-lasting, but factors such as aging, weight fluctuations, and pregnancy can affect breast appearance over time.

  • Lifestyle Considerations: Maintaining a stable weight and a healthy lifestyle contributes to lasting results.

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