Breast reduction (reduction mammoplasty) is performed for women with large breasts who are experiencing back, neck, and shoulder pain due to the weight of their breasts. Other medical problems associated with large breasts that can be alleviated with breast reduction surgery include skin irritation, bra strap indentations, poor posture, and interference with normal daily activities such as exercise. Breast reduction surgery removes excess fat, breast tissue, and skin from the large sagging breasts. The result is smaller, lighter, firmer, and more shapely breasts. The operation can alleviate the health problems associated with large breasts and improve a woman's confidence in her appearance. Reduction mammaplasty is often covered by insurance.
Breast reduction surgery takes 2-3 hours and is an outpatient procedure performed under general or sedation anesthesia. A surgical bra is worn for several weeks after surgery. Normal daily activity can resume within a week. More strenuous activity is avoided for 2-3 weeks.