What is a breast reduction?

Reduction mammaplasty (breast reduction), is a procedure that was developed with the intent of reducing the size of a woman's breasts. Reduction is accomplished by removing excess fat, tissue, and skin.


Breast reduction surgery will improve a woman's lifestyle in many ways. People often fail to realize the difficulties associated with overly large breasts: chronic neck and back pain, physical limitations, and emotional distress. This surgery can alleviate all the problems associated with large breasts.


How long do breast reduction results last?

It will take several months for your breasts to fully recover from the surgery as their shape and position continue to settle into their permanent position. The scarring is permanent, however, but will fade over time and become less noticeable.


Overall results for breast reduction will last a long, long time. Aging and gravity can't be avoided, of course, and if you gain excessive weight, your breasts will change their shape with the weight gain.


For the best results, it's important that you are conscious about your weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle.


How much does a breast reduction cost?

Most forms of plastic surgery involve three different costs: the surgeon's fee, the facility fee, and the anesthesia fee.


The one that varies the most is the surgeon's fee. It will depend on his or her skill level as well as the complexity and the extent of the proposed reduction procedure. It should go without saying that choosing the least expensive surgeon may not be in your best interest. When it comes to your health and safety, it's recommended that you select a surgeon who is qualified and has extensive experience in breast reduction surgeries.


What is the first step towards having a breast reduction?


After doing your own research, you will need to meet directly with a plastic surgeron. You can find a qualified surgeon through the American Society of Plastic Surgeon's website. Just enter your zip code and select breast reduction as a search parameter and you will get a list of surgeons local to your area who are board certified for breast reduction surgery.


Most surgeons will give a free initial consultation to new clients.


How can I learn more?

Do your homework! You should learn all that you can on your own about breast reduction surgery. Join user groups and plastic surgery forums, read what others have to say and ask your own questions. If you can, meet with a friend or family member who has undergone the surgery and has direct questions about the procedure, preparing for it, and recovering for it.


Once you've exhausted your own ability to find information, you will need to meet with a licensed, practicing plastic surgeon who specializes in breast reduction surgery.