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Breast Reduction
Breast reduction, also known as “reduction mammaplasty,” is designed for women with very large, pendulous breasts that are experiencing a variety of medical problems (neck pain, back pain, muscle spasms, skin irritation, and breathing problems) caused by the excessive weight of their breasts. Most women also have restrictions in their daily activities due to their physical discomfort and due to the size of their breasts. The procedure removes fat, glandular tissue, and excess skin from the breasts, making them smaller, lighter, and firmer. Surgery can also reduce the size of the areola (the darker skin surrounding the nipple). The goal of a breast reduction is to give the woman smaller, better-shaped breasts in proportion with the rest of her body. A breast reduction is not done for cosmetic purposes alone; a significant reduction in the weight of the breasts can mean physical relief - less back strain and stress on the musculoskeletal system and the heart.

In most cases, breast reduction is not performed until a woman's breasts are fully developed. Surgery can sometimes be done earlier if large breasts are causing serious physical discomfort. Breast reduction is not recommended for women who intend to breast-feed as the surgery removes many of the milk ducts leading to the nipples. The procedure does leave scars, but they are usually anatomically positioned to minimize visibility. With time, most patients’ scars will fade and flatten, usually producing a pleasing result.