Breast Reduction

Procedure Overview

Breast Reduction is indicated for women with excessively large breasts or those who simply desire reduction in cup size.

Although several Breast Reduction methods are available, I prefer the short scar or vertical technique. Similar to the technique used for breast lifting, this technique limits scarring and provides for a smaller, long lasting youthful contour. Scars are limited only to the areola (pigmented skin around the nipple) and a vertical scar in the lower breast. Occasionally an inverted “T” incision is necessary if skin is markedly loose. Breast tissue is primarily removed centrally thereby reducing volume as well as narrowing the breast. Liposuction is often performed at the outer breast adjacent to the chest wall to further improve contour.

Operative Time

Generally 2 to 3 hours


Usually local with sedation


Although rare, infections, bleeding, loss of sensation, asymmetry and delayed healing have been reported


Generally 2-3 weeks to resume normal aerobic type exercises