It’s not uncommon for women to be unhappy with the size of
their breasts. Breast reduction surgery removes fat, skin, and breast tissue to
help you achieve a smaller, lighter breast that is less cumbersome and more visually
How breast reduction surgery is performed
Breast reduction surgery is done under general anesthesia,
and involves a combination of liposuction, excision of glandular tissue, and skin
Some breast reductions may be accomplished with liposuction only. Your surgeon removes
fat from your breasts using a liposuction tool called a cannula, which is a thin
tube connected to a medical vacuum. Your surgeon inserts the cannula into your
breasts and uses it to break up and suction away fat.
If your breasts are very large and sag significantly then
you may also need glandular tissue
removed and skin trimmed away to
achieve better looking results. Your surgeon will make careful patterns of
incisions on your breasts, excise glandular tissue, and remove excess skin.
Your nipples and areolas may also be moved higher up on your breasts. The
incisions are then closed with stitches.
Recovery time depends on the extent of your surgery. Most
women can return to work one day after liposuction-only breast reduction.
Surgery that involves significant incisions and tissue removal will have more down-time
from one to two weeks, and you’ll have to avoid strenuous activity for about
one month. Pain, swelling, and bruising should subside after a few days.
The costs of breast reduction surgery vary by the extent of
work done, your surgeon, and location. Since your breast reduction surgery can
involve multiple procedures, your surgeon and health insurance provider can
help with more specific cost information.