Division of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery
Breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammoplasty, is a procedure used to remove excess fat, tissue and skin from the breasts. If you have large breasts, you might choose to have breast reduction surgery to ease discomfort or to achieve a breast size proportionate to your body.
Breast reduction surgery might also help improve your self-image and self-confidence and your ability to participate in physical activities.
You can have breast reduction surgery at any age - even as a teenager in some cases. However, it's usually best to wait until your breasts are fully developed.
If you haven't started a family or your family isn't yet complete, you might postpone breast reduction surgery until pregnancy isn't an issue. Changes to breast tissue during pregnancy could affect your surgical results.
Also, breast-feeding might be challenging after breast reduction surgery - although some research suggests that breast-feeding difficulty after breast reduction surgery is related to a lack of support or coaching rather than the surgery itself.
Breast reduction surgery has the same risks as any other type of major surgery - bleeding, infection and an adverse reaction to the anesthesia. Other possible risks include:
The risk of poor wound healing seems to increase with the amount of breast tissue removed