Breast reduction surgery, also referred to as reduction mammoplasty, reduces the size and improves the shape of the breasts.

Typically, women who are candidates for this procedure have physical symptoms related to the weight or shape of their breasts. These symptoms include back pain, neck pain, and bra strap grooves in the shoulders. 

An incision is made around the nipple and areola accompanied by a vertical incision below the areola with or without a horizontal incision made in the crease below the breast. 

Key facts about the breast reduction surgery

  • Hospital or an in –office procedure: It’s a hospital procedure 
  • Anesthesia: General anesthesia 
  • Incisions: around the areola and vertical scar with a horizental scar under the breast.
  • Length of procedure: 3-4  hours.
  • Length of hospital stay: 2-3 days 
  • What to expect: swelling,  scarring, 50% chance loss of nipple sensation, 50% chance loss of ability to breast feed, maybe minor asymmetry.
  • Discomfort: Moderate.
  • Long term result: more than 10 years.
  • Typically recovery requires two weeks. Most patients return to normal activities within that period of time. Strenuous physical activities are discouraged for three to six weeks after the surgery.
  • Post operative special bra for 6 weeks is worn.




Breast reduction Before and After