Breast Reduction

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 emotional and physical discomfort associated with overly large breasts. For many women, smaller breasts can bring big life changes, increasing activity levels and boosting self-confidence.

Is This a Good Option For You?

Breast Reduction surgery may be a good option for you if:

  • Your breasts are disproportionate to your body
  • Your breasts are different sized
  • Your breasts hang low and have stretched skin
  • Your nipples rest below the breast crease when breasts are unsupported
  • You have enlarged areolas caused by stretched skin
  • You have back, neck and shoulder pain
  • You have indentations from tight bra straps
  • You have skin irritation beneath the breast crease
  • Your breasts limit your physical activity
  • Your breasts cause self-image problems
  • You are physically healthy
  • You don’t smoke
  • You have a positive outlook and specific, but realistic goals in mind for the improvement of your appearance

More Information?

If you have questions, please contact us. We are always willing to help you determine if this is right for you. 

Breast Reduction Words To Know

  • Areola: Pigmented skin surrounding the nipple.
  • Breast reduction: Also known as reduction mammaplasty, the surgical removal of breast tissue to reduce the size of breasts.
  • General anesthesia: Drugs and/or gases used during an operation to relieve pain and alter consciousness.
  • Intravenous sedation: Sedatives administered by injection into a vein to help you relax.
  • Liposuction: Also called lipoplasty or suction lipectomy, a procedure that vacuums out fat from beneath the skin's surface to reduce fullness.
  • Local anesthesia: A drug injected directly to the site of an incision during an operation to relieve pain.
  • Mammogram: An x-ray image of the breast.
  • MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging): A painless test to view tissue, similar to an x-ray.
  • Reduction mammaplasty: The surgical removal of breast tissue to reduce the size of breasts; also known as breast reduction surgery.
  • Sutures: Stitches used by surgeons to hold skin and tissue together.

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