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Breast Reduction Surgery


Large breasts can have both an emotional and physical affect on your daily life.  Women with large breasts often experience symptoms such as back pain, neck pain, bra strap grooving of their shoulders, rashes beneath their breasts and many other symptoms.  Large breasts can make it difficult to perform daily activities, excercise, and even find clothing that fits appropriatly.


Breast reduction surgery removes the excess breast tissue and places the breasts in a more natural youthful position.  The shape of the breasts improves, and they become more attractive and proportionate with your body.  Breast reduction surgery can be one of the most rewarding operations we performed by plastic surgeons. After having the operation performed, many women wish they would have had the operation years earlier.


Breast Reduction - Before & After

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Operative Time

In most cases, a breast reduction will take about 2 hours.


Cost of a Breast Reduction

Typically a breast reduction costs $6000.


There will be no other charges and this includes the surgeon fee, the anesthesia, operating room, and post-operative care.


Will my insurance company cover my breast reduction?


Your insurance company may pay for your breast reduction procedure. Frequently, they will require documentation that demonstrates you have been having medical problems because of your breast size. Dr. Smith and his office staff will work with your insurance company to ensure that this is a covered benefit and that you will not incur any expenses from the operation. Dr. Smith accepts a wide variety of insurance companies. Please contact us to see if we accept your insurance.


If your insurance company will not pay for your operation, Dr. Smith has financing options available that can help you make the operation more affordable.



Dr. Smith provides several choices for financing. We will be pleased to assist you in obtaining financing for this procedure. We are affiliated with companies that offer financing for cosmetic surgery. See Dr. Smith's financing options.


Types of Breast Reduction Surgery

There are several breast reduction techniques used when performing breast reduction surgery, and while no two breasts are exactly the same, neither should the same technique be used for every breast. Dr. Smith uses the standard anchor type incision pattern as well as the "lollipop" and short scar incisions. The amount of breast tissue removed during the operation will depend on the size that you would like to be. Dr. Smith uses all absorbable sutures, avoiding painful removal of sutures after the operation.


Recovery from Breast Reduction Surgery

Following your breast reduction procedure, you are cared for in the recovery room, and when you are fully awake and comfortable, you will go home on the same day with a friend or family member. Dr. Smith suggests taking 7-14 days off work for recovery when feasible, although it is possible to return to work or normal activities in a shorter period of time. All sutures placed are dissolvable and no suture removal in necessary. Your breasts will appear full and firm immediately after breast reduction surgery, and swelling and bruising may be present for up to 4-6 weeks. A special supportive bra is worn for two weeks, which is then replaced by a sport bra. Normal bras and bikini tops can be worn after about three weeks. Light physical activity may be resumed as early as seven days following breast reduction, and more strenuous activity is begun at three to
four weeks. The breasts reach their final shape and feel approximately 3-4 months after the breast reduction. Dr. Smith will plan on seeing you through the first weeks and months following your breast reduction procedure, and will advise you on all matters of breast health including exercise, activity, breast self examination, and the need for future mammography.  Dr. Smith will be available to you at any time during your recovery following breast reduction.


Breast Reduction Frequently Asked Questions

Breast reduction, also known as reduction mammaplasty, is a plastic surgery procedure designed to reduce the size of large breasts while also making them more symmetrical and proportionate to the rest of your body. This operation can be performed by several different surgical procedures and should be customized for each individual.

There are various techniques that may be used for breast reduction surgery. Dr. Smith performs breast reductions using a reduced scar technique (vertical breast reduction), as well as the traditional anchor shaped incision pattern. The vertical breast incision leaves a lollipop shaped incision around the areola and then down the central portion of the breast.  The traditional incision is commonly made in the shape of an anchor or inverted keyhole running from the top of the nipple to the crease below the breast. Dr. Smith will work with you to customize the operation that will give you the outcome you desire.

Once the incision is made, excess breast tissue and skin are removed, and the remaining skin and areola are repositioned. The surgery typically takes between one and two hours to complete.

There is some degree of risk associated with all types of surgery. Potential complications of breast reduction surgery may include adverse reaction to anesthesia, asymmetry, blood clots, infection, and loss of nipple sensation, nerve damage, and scarring. Many women are still able to breast fed after a breast reduction, however, the volume of breast milk produced may be decreased.

After the surgery is completed, Dr. Smith will place small pieces of tape over your incisions. These will stay on for 7-10 days after surgery. You will be placed in a supportive post-op bra that Dr. Smith would like you to wear for the first 2 weeks.

Dr. Smith will place local anesthesia at the time of the operation to reduce your pain in the immediate post-operative period.  You will also be give pain medications and antibiotics after surgery to help with the pain. Usually, women have very little pain and the pain that is present resolves over the first 48 to 72 hours.

The total recovery time will last 4-6 weeks but you are able to return to work 10-14 days after surgery as long as you are not performing any heavy lifting. The breasts may take up to 2-3 months to obtain their final position.

Good candidates for breast reduction surgery include women who are looking to reduce the size of large breasts. Many women experience pain in their neck, back, and shoulders from their large breasts, which can be alleviated through a breast reduction. Other symptoms that women experience include, bra strap grooving, rashes below the breasts, and even breast pain.  If you experience any of these symptoms related to your breast size, you may be a good candidate for a breast reduction.  Ideally, the breasts should be fully developed before undergoing breast reduction, although some young women with large breasts at a young age are candidates for a breast reduction.

There are many benefits associated with undergoing a breast reduction. The surgery can make the breasts more proportionate to the rest of the body while also relieving a number of problems associated with large breasts, including back and neck pain, shoulder strain, skin irritation and infection, poor posture, shortness of breath, inability to participate in certain sports or recreational activities, difficulty finding clothing that fits, and social or sexual embarrassment.




There are several surgical techniques that can be utilized to perform a breast reduction, and each operation should be individualized to your needs and desires. Dr. Smith will take the time at your initial consultation to listen to your goals and expectations.


After discussing the factors that concern you most, Dr. Smith will examine you, making meticulous measurements to assess the degree of sag or droop (ptosis), the amount of skin laxity and elasticity, the position of the nipples and areolas, the breast volume, and the breast symmetry. Then together, both you and Dr. Smith will choose the right operation to achieve your goals.


Some women wish for a small reduction in breast volume, while others desire a more dramatic breast reduction with substantial nipple and areolar repositioning and breast lift. The incisions required for breast reduction will vary based upon the amount of breast lift and nipple repositioning required, the elasticity of the skin, and the amount of breast tissue that will be removed. As every woman's needs and desires are unique, Dr. Smith will help you to carefully weigh the alternatives, and to choose the breast reduction procedure that suits you best.


Related Procedures

Breast reduction is most often performed as an isolated procedure. For those individuals who desire additional plastic surgery enhancements, breast reduction may be combined with inverted nipple correction, liposuction, tummy tuck, and other facial rejuvenation procedures.


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