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About Breast Reduction


Breast reduction is performed on patients with large, heavy breasts.  Skin, fat, and breast tissue are all removed and the nipple repositioned higher to achieve a smaller, perkier breast. This is done to remove excess skin, breast tissue, and fat in patients who have overly large breasts and decrease areolar size.  

General Procedure


Techniques for breast reduction vary; however, the most common procedure involves an incision that circles the areola.  From the areola, the incision goes down and follows the natural curve under the breast.  The surgeon then removes excess glandular tissue, fat, and skin.  Next, the nipple and areola are repositioned to a higher position and held in place by stitches. Of all plastic surgery procedures, breast reduction results in the quickest body-image changes.  Patients are pleased with the elimination of physical pain caused by large breasts as well as a better proportioned body, an enhanced appearance, and better fitting clothes.

Reasons for Considering a Breast Reduction:


  • Back, neck or shoulder pain caused by heavy breasts.
  • Sagging breasts produced by their large size.
  • Disproportionate body frame attributed to oversized breasts.
  • Restriction of physical activity due to the size and weight of the breasts.
  • Painful bra strap marks and/or rashes as a result of large breasts.

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Recovery Process


Bandages are applied immediately following surgery to aid the healing process and to minimize movement of the breasts. Patients sometimes report minor pain associated with surgery which can be treated effectively with oral pain medication.  While complications are rare, patients can minimize the risk for potential problems by carefully following the post-op instructions.

The Andochick Center for Cosmetic Surgery