Breast reduction is designed to reduce the size of a woman’s breasts. It may also improve the overall appearance or shape of the breast and help balance breast asymmetries. It helps in treatment of physical complaints such as neck, shoulder and back pain experienced by many women with large breasts.

Skin, along with breast tissue and fat are removed to create smaller, shapelier breasts. An added benefit where ptosis (droop) exists is a simultaneous uplift of the nipple areolar complex to a more normal position. The areolae (darker skin which surrounds the nipple) may also be reduced in size and made more symmetric.

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Who is a Candidate?

  • Patients who want smaller breasts.
  • Patients with extensive breast asymmetry.
  • Healthy patients without breast cancer.
  • Patients who possess realistic expectations.
  • Patients who will tolerate breast scars.
  • Patients who complain of chronic neck, shoulder and back pain from excessive breast size.
  • Patients with large breasts who experience chronic skin irritation along their bra straps and under the breast folds.

Intended Results

  • Smaller breast size.
  • Improved breast contour.

Procedure Description

  • Breast reduction is performed at an outpatient surgery center or in the hospital under general anesthesia or conscious sedation with local anesthesia.
  • Depending on several factors, breast reductions are performed using surgical techniques that preserve breast tissue and maintain a healthy blood supply to the breasts.
  • Various external skin envelope closures are available which will determine the placement and size of your postoperative scars (talk to your cosmetic surgeon).
  • A drain may be inserted at the time of surgery.
  • Breast tissue is usually submitted for biopsy (pathologist examines).

Recuperation and Healing

  • Postoperative discomfort is controlled with oral medications or pain pump.
    Surgical drains may be present after the surgery.
  • A special postoperative support bra may be worn after surgery for several weeks.
  • Postoperative care the first night may be at home with a responsible adult, an overnight care facility, or overnight at the hospital.
  • The patient may be seen the next day for evaluation.
  • Most sutures are absorbable and do not need to be removed.
  • Light activity may usually resume in less than 10 days. Sports activities may be resumed in six weeks or longer (depending on your surgeon’s advice).

Other Options

  • Breast volume reduction by breast fat liposuction-liposculpture.
  • Breast contouring using breast skin resection with or without liposculpture.

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As a Cosmetic Surgeon and Board Certified Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Dr. Pippin has dedicated his life and his practice to improving appearance and function for his patients.

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