Breast reduction, also known as reduction mammaplasty, is a procedure to remove
excess breast fat, glandular tissue and skin to achieve a breast size more in proportion with
your body and to alleviate the discomfort associated with excessively
large breasts (macromastia).
Breast reduction is usually performed for enlarged breasts (macromastia), but may also be
indicated by: Cystic breast infections (polycystic mastitis) Back pain, neck pain, shoulder
pain, breast pain, or headaches. Loss of sensation in the breasts, arms, or fingers.
The specific technique used to reduce the size of your breasts can vary. The procedure might
- Surgery through incisions
- Liposuction to remove the excess fat in your breasts
The surgeon usually:
- Makes an incision around the areola and down each breast
- Removes excess breast tissue, fat and skin to reduce the size of each breast
- Reshapes the breast and repositions the nipple and areola
The nipple and areola:
- Usually remain attached to the breast
- Might need to be removed and then reattached at a higher position as a skin graft if your
breasts are very large
Your surgeon will try to achieve symmetry between your breasts, but some variation in breast size
and shape might occur. The size of the areola also might be reduced. Your incision scars might fade
over time but will never completely disappear.
After the procedure
Immediately after surgery:
- Your breasts will be covered with a gauze dressing or bandages
- A tube might be placed under each arm to drain any excess blood or fluid
- You likely will take medication for pain and antibiotics, to decrease your risk of infection
For the first days or week after surgery:
- Your breasts will probably feel tender and sensitive
- Your breasts might be swollen and bruised
- Your surgeon might recommend an elastic compression bra to protect the breasts
- You’ll need to limit physical activity for two to four weeks while the breasts heal
- Your surgeon might suggest avoiding underwire bras for a few months after surgery
Scarring usually fades over time. You will need a follow-up visit with your surgeon to remove stitches and check your recovery.
Q1 Does a breast reduction make you look thinner?
A1 You’ll Look Like You Lost Weight
This effect is especially marked in women who have a smaller frame and a bigger bust.
Many women report others commenting on how much slimmer and taller they look after
Q2 How long does it take to recover from breast reduction?
A2 Recovery Time After Breast Reduction Surgery
Realistically, you will need between two and six weeks to make a full recovery, although
you’ll start to regain strength and energy within about seven days.
Q3 How much does a breast reduction cost 2020?
A3 According to data compiled by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average
cost of a breast reduction surgery is $5,482, which includes the following additional fees:
Facility costs. Anesthesia. Surgeon fees.