Reducing Your Breast Size

Larger breasts are not always a good thing. In fact, breasts that are too large for your frame can cause significant discomfort. Many women elect to undergo a breast reduction to eliminate excess tissue and make the breasts more proportional--not to mention more comfortable.

Overly large breasts can be a pain. They can cause so many problems to your health, as well affecting your overall appearance. A breast reduction procedure, also known as a reduction mammoplasty, will remove the excess fat, skin, and glandular tissue surrounding the breast, resulting in a proportional look that will make you feel comfortable and confident.

Candidates /Motivation for Procedure

Many women suffer from breasts that are disproportionately larger than their frame can support. This can cause lower back pain, and an inability to control ones weight due to difficulties exercising and participating in athletic activities. Women with large breasts also have reported side effects including skin irritation, neck pain, and stretch marks. If you have larger breasts than you desire, and you are a healthy woman with realistic expectations of the results of your surgery, you may be the perfect candidate for breast reduction.

Procedure Description

Most breast reduction procedures are done in 4 easy steps, which include:

Anesthesia: Intravenous or general are two options patients are often given when it comes to anesthesia, and doctors will be there to help you make the decision that will result in your most comfortable surgery possible.

The Incision: There are several different types of incisions for breast augmentation, including a key-hole around the areola with a vertical incision down the breast crease, or an anchor shaped incision that looks like an inverted T shape. Scars are permanent and unavoidable; however they are most often able to be hidden under swimwear and undergarments.

Repositioning of the Nipple and Removal of Tissue: After the incision is made, the nipple is repositioned and the tissue, fat and skin causing your large breasts is removed. This is the step in which the doctor completely transforms your current breasts and gives you the shape you desire. The areola is also reduced during this step if necessary.

Closing of the Incisions: During this step, medical sutures placed below the skin are tightened accordingly to create your desired final result. Stiches are put in place to allow for the body to heal without any major complications. Your results will be visible after you have fully recovered from this final step.


Any surgery involving the breasts is a very personal, intimate decision that you will have to make on your own. There are risks associated with a breast reduction procedure, as with any other cosmetic or reconstructive surgery. Weighing the pros and cons will be critical to your ultimate happiness and satisfaction. Risks and complications of breast reduction can include: unfavorable scarring, infection at the incision sights, breast asymmetry, fluid accumulation, and pain. There is also a chance you will need revision surgery after your initial procedure. Discuss these potential complications with your doctor, and they will be able to give you a clear picture of what to expect.


Dressings and bandages will be applied to your incision areas to protect you from experiencing infection. An elastic bandage that works as a really tight bra will hold you into place and help you heal with minimal swelling. Recovery time differs from patient to patient depending on how dramatic your procedure was. Discussing your recovery with your doctor will help you prepare for the weeks following your surgery.