Breast reduction is performed on patients with large, pendulous breasts to not only reduce the size and weight but also to lift the breast to a more youthful location on the chest wall. Patients will have less shoulder and back pain, as well as less bra strap grooving afterward.


Large, heavy breasts which may be the cause of back, shoulder, and neck pain; poor posture, bra-strap indentations, and chafing under the breasts.

Excessive breast size, which may decrease a sense of attractiveness and self-confidence, or interfere with normal daily activities or with exercise.


Procedure Description

The procedure is performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis. Incisions are made around the pigmented area (the nipple-areolar complex) and extend vertically below the nipple and into the fold under the breast. The nipple-areolar complex is moved upward to the desired location, and excess breast tissue, fat, and skin are removed.

Recuperations and Healing

The incisions are covered with light dressings and the breasts are placed in a surgical bra. The bra holds the breasts symmetrically during initial healing. The scars will fade in 6-18 months. Initial discomfort subsides daily and can be controlled with oral medication. Surgery may reduce, but not eliminate, the ability to breastfeed.

Other Options

An additional procedure that would enhance the result is Liposuction of the axillary area to reduce excess fat deposits.


The specific risks and the suitability of this procedure for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are rare.

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