Breast reduction, also called reduction mammoplasty is designed to make breasts smaller and firmer, and to relieve the physical discomfort often associated with very large breasts.

One may be a good candidate for this procedure if one has one of more of the following conditions:

  • One breast that is much larger than the other
  • Breasts that are too large in proportion to your body frame
  • Heavy, pendulous breasts with nipples that point downwards
  • Back, neck or shoulder pain caused by the weight of your breasts
  • Skin irritation beneath the breasts
  • Restrictions of physical activity due to the size and weight of the breasts

The most common method involves three incisions

  • Vertically from the bottom edge of the areola to the crease underneath the breast.
  • Horizontally beneath the breast and following the natural curve of the breast crease.
  • Around the areola

Breast reduction surgery will make the breasts smaller and firmer. The incisions from the procedure will heal and fade over time. It is important to realise, however, that the incision lines will be permanently visible. But, the incisions are in locations that can easily be concealed by clothing, even with low-cut necklines. Breast reduction often makes a dramatic change in your appearance. For this reason, it may take some time to adjust to the new body image.