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Breast Reduction

What is breast reduction surgery?

Also known as reduction mammaplasty, breast reduction surgery removes excess breast fat, glandular tissue and skin to achieve a breast size in proportion with your body and to alleviate the discomfort associated with overly large breasts.
If you have disproportionately large breasts that are causing neck pain, back pain, or other physical symptoms, you may be considering breast reduction surgery.
Most women who get breast reduction are very satisfied with the results. Men with conditions such as gynecomastia (in which male breasts are abnormally enlarged) may also get breast reduction.

How to Prepare for Breast Reduction Surgery

You need to be in good physical shape to ensure proper healing, so follow your surgeon’s instructions before and after breast reduction surgery.
Before you undergo surgery, you’ll need to get your home ready for your recovery. Have these things on hand:
Plenty of ice
Gauze and clean washcloths and towels
Loose, comfortable T-shirts and blouses
Special ointments or creams as recommended by your surgeon for the incision sites
You should also plan ahead for someone to drive you home and stay with you for at least the first night after the procedure, if you’re not staying in the hospital.

How Breast Reduction Surgery Is Done

Depending on your personal situation, breast reduction surgery can be done in an outpatient facility, or you may have to stay at least one night in the hospital. In either case, you will get general anesthesia, which means you will be put to “sleep” during the procedure.
Breast reduction surgery will take about two to five hours, sometimes longer. Your surgeon will make a cut around your nipple then downward on the breast in the form of a keyhole. The operating team will remove extra skin, tissue, and fat from your breasts and reposition your nipple. Your surgeon may use drainage tubes and then stitch up your breasts and wrap them in a special gauze. You may also need to wear a surgical bra.

Before & After:


What are the instructions after breast reduction surgery?

Anesthetic: General, twilight sedation, local tumescent anestheticLocation of operation: Hospital or Surgery CenterLength of surgery: 2-3 hoursLength of stay: outpatientDiscomfort: Moderate. Anticipate 3-7 days of prescription pain medication.Swelling and bruising: Improve in 2-4 weeksBandages: Will be removed in 1-7 daysStitches: Will be removed in 5-7 days or will be absorbableSupport: You will wear a sports bra or ace wrap for 1-4 weeks. Avoid an under wire bra until your surgeon approves it.Back to work: 1-3 weeksExercise: may be resumed in 2-4 weeksFinal result: Will be seen after the scars have matured, which will be about 1-3 years.

Will I need more than one breast reduction surgery?

Although good results are expected from your surgery, there is no guarantee. However, the need for revision surgery is infrequent.

At what age can a breast reduction procedure be performed?

The reduction mammoplasty procedure can be performed at any age, but is generally performed after 18 years of age.

Is there much pain and/or bruising following breast reduction surgery?

Swelling from breast reduction surgery is normal and usually takes several weeks for most of the swelling to subside. Some patients are more prone to bruising than others. You should take your prescribed pain medication to alleviate any pain or discomfort that you experience.