Breast Reduction Surgery
Breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammaplasty or mammoplasty, removes excess breast fat, glandular tissue, and skin to reshape and reduce the size of the breasts. The goal of this procedure is to achieve a breast size that’s more proportionate to your body.
When to Have Breast Reduction
Overly large or disproportionate breasts can be a source of physical and emotional discomfort. You may want to consider breast reduction for various common reasons, including:
- If your breasts are too large for your frame and are causing neck, back, shoulder, or other physical pain
- If one of your breasts is significantly larger than the other
- If you have heavy breasts with downward-pointing nipples and areolas
- If you are unhappy with the appearance of your breasts from weight gain or aging
- If you have poor posture due to the weight of your breasts
Although patients of any age can have a breast reduction, the procedure is best performed on fully developed breasts.
Breast Reduction Considerations
Many have experienced positive results and improved quality of life after having breast reduction. However, you should always consider the benefits along with potential disadvantages before making the decision to have a breast reduction procedure.
- Relief from emotional or physical burden due to overly large, heavy breasts
- Increased ability to lead a more active life, with less pain and easier breathing
- Better self-image and greater confidence
- Improved fit and comfort of your clothes
- Possibility of decreased sensation in parts of the breast, such as the nipples and areolas
- Potential change in the ability to breast feed
- General risks associated with surgery and anesthesia, including scarring, poor wound healing, and reaction to anesthesia
As you consider your options, review your medical history and discuss potential health risks with your Kelsey-Seybold physician. The key to a successful procedure is following instructions provided by your plastic surgeon before and after your breast reduction surgery. Additional information about breast reduction cost, surgical procedure, and more is available from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons or with a consultation with a Kelsey-Seybold plastic surgeon.