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Breast Reduction

Women with very large, pendulous breasts may experience a variety of medical problems caused by the excessive weight-from back and neck pain and skin irritation to skeletal deformities and breathing problems.


Bra straps may leave indentations in their shoulders. And unusually large breasts can make a woman-or a teenage girl-feel extremely self-conscious. Breast reduction is designed for such women. The procedure removes fat, glandular tissue, and skin from the breasts, making them smaller, lighter, and firmer.

Women who need breast reduction show greater improvement with breast reduction surgery as opposed to other treatments such as special bras, weight loss, physical therapy, or medication to manage pain, reports the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Breast reduction surgery is a safe and highly effective in the hands of a board certified plastic surgeon. The benefits of breast reduction surgery are not dependent on body weight, bra cup size or amount of tissue removed.

Breast reduction surgery may be covered by your health insurance provider. Call us at Plastic Surgery Plus to schedule a private consultation with Dr. Bhattacharya, and find out if you are a candidate for insurance-covered breast reduction surgery.


Is it right for me?

Breast reduction is a highly individualized procedure and you should do it for yourself, not to fulfill someone else’s desires or to try to fit any sort of ideal image.


Breast reduction is a good option for you if:

  • You are physically healthy

  • You have realistic expectations

  • You don’t smoke

  • You are bothered by the feeling that your breasts are too large

  • Your breasts limit your physical activity

  • You experience back, neck and shoulder pain caused by the weight of your breasts

  • You have regular indentations from bra straps that support heavy, pendulous breasts

  • You have skin irritation beneath the breast crease

  • Your breasts hang low and have stretched skin

  • Your nipples rest below the breast crease when your breasts are unsupported






Although you may be up and about in a day or two, your breasts may still ache occasionally for a couple of weeks. You should avoid lifting or pushing anything heavy for three or four weeks. Most women can return to work (if it’s not too strenuous) and social activities in about two weeks, but you should limit your exercises to stretching, bending, and swimming until your energy level returns. You’ll also need a good athletic bra for support. Much of the swelling and bruising will disappear in the first few weeks, and it may be six months to a year before your breasts settle into their new shape.

What to Expect

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