Many women suffer from excessively large breasts. The symptoms are breast, neck, back, and shoulder pain, bra strap grooving and rashes. This medical condition, known as macromastia, is also associated with stretch marks on the breast and sagging of the breasts (ptosis). Many insurance companies want patients to have a normal body weight (body mass index) before approving a breast reduction. In addition, insurance companies usually require documentation that standard pain medication and physical therapy has failed to improve symptoms of large breasts. Breast reduction surgery involves placing an incision around the nipple to reposition it, in addition to a vertical and horizontal incision to shape the breast. 

Ideally, the nipple should be at the level of the lower breast fold (inframammary crease) and the breast should assume a tear drop shape. In contrast to a breast lift, a breast reduction involves removal of excess skin and breast gland. In addition, many women will not be able to breastfeed after breast reduction surgery. Before breast reduction, women should have a mammogram. After breast reduction, weight should be maintained to prevent recurrence of large breasts.

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Procedures: Breast Reduction

 *All patients are unique and results may vary

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Procedures: Breast Reduction

*All patients are unique and results may vary 

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Procedures: Breast Reduction

*All patients are unique and results may vary  


Length: 3 hours

Anesthesia: General 

In/Outpatient: Outpatient

Side Effects: Temporary swelling, bruising, and some pain

Risks: Pain, bleeding, infection, wound healing, nipple sensation

Recovery:  Back to work:  1 week  More strenuous activity: 2 - 3 weeks

Final Appearance: 1-2 months for swelling to completely resolve

Duration of Results: Stable with consistent weight


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