Breast Reduction

Achieve your desired breast size and shape with breast reduction surgery by Dr. Tarak Patel.

About the procedure

Breast reduction, also known as reduction mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure that involves removing excess fat, tissue, and skin from the breasts to achieve a smaller, lighter, and more aesthetically pleasing bustline. This procedure can help reduce the physical and emotional discomfort associated with large, heavy, or pendulous breasts.

Who is a candidate for a breast reduction?

Ideal candidates for breast reduction are women who are in good physical and emotional health, have realistic expectations, and are dissatisfied with the size, shape, or position of their breasts. Women with large, heavy, or pendulous breasts may experience physical symptoms such as neck and back pain, skin irritation, and posture problems, as well as emotional discomfort such as self-consciousness, insecurity, and embarrassment. Breast reduction can help alleviate these symptoms and improve quality of life.

What else can you tell me about the procedure?

The surgeon typically performs breast reduction under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation, and the procedure can take from two to four hours, depending on its extent. The most common technique involves an anchor-shaped incision that circles the areola, extends downward, and follows the natural curve of the crease under the breast. The excess tissue, fat, and skin are removed, and the nipple-areola complex is repositioned to a higher, more youthful position. The surgeon reshapes and sutures the remaining tissue to create a smaller, lighter, and more aesthetically pleasing bustline.

What should I know about taking care of myself after the procedure?

The recovery time after breast reduction varies from person to person and depends on several factors. These factors include the extent of the procedure, the patient’s overall health, and the surgeon’s instructions. Most patients need to take one to two weeks off work to rest and recover. They may also experience some swelling, bruising, and pain that can be managed with pain medication. Strenuous physical activity, including lifting and exercising, should be avoided for at least four to six weeks after the surgery to ensure proper healing.

Breast reduction surgery will result in scars. The location and size of the scars depend on the technique used, as well as the size and shape of your breasts. Your plastic surgeon will discuss the options with you and choose the best technique for your needs and goals. With proper care, most scars will become less noticeable, but they will not disappear completely.