A breast reduction, also known as a reduction mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure performed to remove excess skin and breast tissue from large, heavy breasts. As a result, patients achieve smaller, perkier and more symmetric breasts that are more proportionate with their body. Disproportionately large breasts can have significant psychological and physical impacts ranging from low self-confidence to neck pain, shoulder grooving and skin rashes.
A breast reduction can be done in young, adolescent women whose large breasts severely affect their self-confidence, social interactions and cause significant physical ailments. A breast reduction is performed on women of all ages. It is important to know that pregnancy, breastfeeding and weight fluctuations may affect the long-term appearance of the breasts. During the procedure, the areola size is reduced, excess breast tissue is removed, and the nipple is raised to a more desirable position.
Nonsmoking, healthy women with large, pendulous breasts are good candidates for this procedure. The procedure often takes 3-4 hours to perform and is performed on an outpatient basis. Recovery time is generally 2-4 weeks. During this time, patients wear a support bra and refrain from heavy lifting to allow for healing.