Breast Reduction

Breast reduction surgery, also called reduction mammaplasty, is a procedure performed to reduce breast volume and size. The benefit of reducing breast size is to decrease the weight placed on your neck, shoulders, and back. It can also help with your posture and to help you fit better in your clothing. A routine mammogram may need to be obtained before the procedure.

How long will the procedure take?

A breast reduction is a procedure done under general anesthesia. It can take about three to four hours and is done on an outpatient basis.

Where will the incisions be?

The incisions are usually around the areolas, down the center of the breast, and across the base. This is called an "anchor" or "inverted T" incision. Most of the time, this scar can be hidden under your bathing suit or bra. An enlarged areola will be reduced to match the smaller breast.

What will recovery be like?

Typically, the immediate recovery is about two weeks. This can vary from person-to-person depending on the size of your reduction. A follow-up appointment will be scheduled for you one day later for drain removal. You should be able to shower about two to three days after the procedure. You can transition to a soft bra without an underwire two weeks after the surgery.

Initially, you should plan to avoid strenuous exercise, heavy lifting, and housework. You'll need to walk and keep your legs moving after surgery to avoid complications.

You'll be given a prescription for pain medication and an antibiotic. Most of your sutures will be dissolvable and scar care will be discussed with you at the appropriate time. Dr. Aboutanos and her staff will review all of these instructions with you. A full recovery can take about six weeks. Dr. Aboutanos will be there every step of the way to ensure the best results.

What else should I know about breast reduction?

Usually, one drain per breast is left to collect any excess fluid overnight. You'll get detailed instructions on how to care for these drains. You will go home with a surgical bra that we place after your surgery to let the area heal properly. You will need a responsible adult to drive you home and stay with you for at least 24 hours after the surgery.