What You Need to Know About Breast Reduction

Young beautiful girl with magnificent breasts chic. Breast reduction surgery, known medically as reduction mammoplasty, reduces breast volume by removing skin, fat, and other tissue. It’s generally done when the breasts are large enough to make you feel self-conscious about them or when you experience adverse physical symptoms. This post explores the reasons for getting breast reduction surgery and who makes the best candidates for this procedure.

Why Get Breast Reduction Surgery?

The most common reason for getting breast reduction surgery is to relieve the physical discomfort that significant breast volume can cause. While this discomfort is often located in the breasts themselves, it can also manifest in other ways. For example, larger breasts can cause pain in the back, neck, and shoulders. If you have difficulty breathing while lying down due to your breasts or have constantly irritated skin under your breasts, these may be additional signs that you could benefit from breast reduction surgery.

Who Are Candidates for Breast Reduction Surgery?

Patients should meet certain health requirements before considering breast reduction, just like any other type of surgery. For example, you should be in generally good health. That means you may not be able to undergo the surgery if you heavily smoke or have significant excess weight. In particular, you should postpone the surgery if you’re trying to lose weight, as this can impact your breast size.


Surgeons use a variety of techniques to reduce breast volume and may use more than one method in the same procedure. Liposuction is one such method, which involves the use of vacuum suction to remove fat and other tissue. This approach is best for small reductions, especially for patients with elastic skin.

Moderate reductions to correct visible sagging may require a surgical approach known as the lollipop method, in which the surgeon makes circular incisions around the nipple and then cuts straight down to the crease under the breast.

Large reductions are more likely to use a Wise incision, in which the surgeon makes incisions around the edge of the areola, a vertical incision from the areola to the breast crease, and a horizontal incision along the breast crease.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

Dr. Marc Salzman is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has been practicing for over 30 years. He has offices in Louisville, KY, and Sarasota, FL. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Salzman to learn more about whether breast reduction is right for you. You can reach us by calling (502) 425-5200 or completing our online form.

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