We Know: All About Breast Reduction

What is breast reduction?

Breast reduction is a form of plastic surgery that removes breast tissue and helps to reduce the size of the breast. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons says that more than100,000 breast reduction procedures (reduction mammaplasties) were performed in 2002.

Why do people get a breast reduction?

A woman may get a breast reduction if her breasts are heavy and causing back problems or sagging. She may experience chronic back, upper neck and shoulder pain and poor posture, as well as skin rashes and restricted activity.

What can you expect when talking to the doctor about a  breast reduction?

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons says you should expect the following:

  • A detailed description of the procedure and resultant scarring
  • Examination and measurement of your breasts
  • Photographs taken of your breasts for insurance preapproval and for reference use during and after the surgery
  • Discussion of factors that may affect the surgery, such as age, size and shape of your breasts and skin condition
  • Discussion about the positioning of the nipple and areola the circular, pigmented area around your nipple
  • Explanation of the type of anesthesia used
  • Determination of where the surgery will be performed
  • Costs and any insurance issues

What are the risks involved when getting a breast reduction?

As with all surgeries, there is a risk of complications during a breast reduction or enhancement. One of the biggest challenges is finding a qualified plastic surgeon to perform the operation. Research thoroughly. Don't become a victim to plastic surgeon frauds.


Some other risks involved with breast reduction include:

  • Loss of nipple sensitivity.
  • Impaired blood supply to the nipples.
  • Asymmetry in size of the two breasts.
  • Complications from anesthesia.
  • Inability to breastfeed.


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