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  Breast Reduction  

Neck and back pain, bra strap indentations on the shoulders, and general discomfort are all unfortunate realities for women who have exceptionally large, heavy breasts. Oversized breasts can make a woman feel self-conscious and embarrassed as well as physically uncomfortable. Breast reduction is a cosmetic procedure during which the breasts are made smaller, lighter, and more proportionate to the body.

The breast reduction procedure begins with an incision, which is made around the areola (the dark circle of skin surrounding the nipple) and below the natural curve of the breast. Next, excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin are removed, and the remaining skin is tightened around the newly contoured breast. The procedure may take up to three hours and is performed under anesthesia on an outpatient basis. Although swelling, temporary bruising, and some pain is likely, these side effects diminish and disappear as the breasts heal.

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A Good Candidate for Breast Reduction

The best candidates for breast reduction surgery are those with breasts that are too large in proportion to the body frame; heavy, pendulous breasts with nipples and areolas that point downward; one breast being larger than the other; back, neck or shoulder pain caused by the excess weight of the breasts;

What are the benefits of breast reduction surgery?

Breast reduction surgery can remedy a number of problems associated with enlarged breasts, including : back and neck pain, shoulder strain, poor posture, skin irritation and infection, shortness of breath, difficulty participating in sports or other recreational activities, difficulty fitting clothes, social/sexual embarrassment.


The recovery time for each patient following their breast reduction can vary based upon the amount of tissue removed and other factors. Many breast reduction patients are able to return to work within days of the operation, although a breast reduction often prevents individuals from resuming any heavy lifting or strenuous activity for a few weeks. Breast reduction results will emerge as the swelling goes down, over the first days and weeks following the breast reduction, with the final results appearing around a year after the surgery.

What are the risks involved of breast reduction surgery?

As with all surgery, breast reduction surgery does come with some risks. Complications may include infection, blood clots, adverse reaction to anesthesia, nerve damage, loss of sensation, asymmetry, and scarring. In some cases, a woman may lose the ability to breast feed.

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