Breast Reduction

Overly large breasts are a significant problem for many women. Not only do they detract from quality of life by causing back/neck pain, shoulder strap grooving, and constant skin irritation, but they also negatively impact a woman’s self image. Exercising is difficult. Buying a proper-fitting bra is burdensome, and many women simply don’t like their appearance in their clothes.

Breast reduction is an option for healthy women who don’t smoke, and who are willing to have some scarring on their breasts as a tradeoff for better size and shape. In addition, they must have a recent normal mammogram.

Many women want to know about potential changes in nipple sensation and breast feeding. Although nipple sensation is likely decrease to some degree, many women do not notice because the large breast size caused their nipples to be numb preoperatively compared to the normal population. Although breast feeding is possible after breast reduction, it will likely be decreased such that the newborn child will need formula supplementation.

Traditional breast reductions require incisions to be place around the nipple, vertically down to the chest wall, and along the chest wall under the breast. Through these incisions, the excess breast tissue and fat are removed, and the nipple and colored skin around it (areola), are raised back to the proper level. The vast majority of women develop very acceptable scars over time.

Anesthesia – This is typically done under general anesthesia. Although it can be done in a day surgery situation, typically patients stay overnight and leave the next morning.

 

Both breasts reducted, along with abdominoplasty and ~40-50lb weight loss

Both breasts reduced, with a significant improvement in back and neck pain, as well as overall appearance in clothes.

Breasts reduced to improve back pain, rashes under breasts, and overall cosmetic appearance.