Large breasts may not only be
uncomfortable and make it difficult to buy clothes, but can be unhealthy to the neck, shoulders, and back. The happiest people I have in my practice may be the breast reduction patients. Uniformly, they tell me they wish that they would have had their breasts made smaller years before.
Breast reduction requires
incisions around the nipple and down in the crease of the breast. The breast is made smaller and the nipple moved up into the correct location. Scars fade with time, but are permanent, and many techniques will still allow for breast feeding, if desired.

This patient is shown before and 1 year following her procedure. Many symptoms from large breasts, such as back or neck pain, and inability to exercise may be either improved or completely eliminated following breast reduction. Also the breasts may be made more symmetric with this procedure.

Surgery: Breast reduction takes appx. 3 hours. All incisions are closed with dissolvable stitches under the skin, that don't have to be removed. Drains are usually not needed, and you are placed in a surgical bra. You go home the same day.

Healing time: Walking is started immediately, exercise can be started at 10 days. Most people take 10 days to 2 weeks off from work or social activities.

Pain level: Surprisingly comfortable. Rank=3 Pain information

Risks: You must know where the scars are located prior to the surgery, but they do fade with time. Numbness along the incisions improves with time. Some asymmetry may remain. Other risks. Risk information

Costs: $9,000 to $10,500. Our office no longer accepts insurance for this procedure. Cost information