Michael H. Moses, MD, FACS

Breast Reduction (Reduction Mammaplasty)

Some women have too much of a good thing. If your breasts are so large that they cause pain, emotional distress, or both, you should consider breast reduction. Of all the operations plastic surgeons do, breast reductions have the highest rate of patient satisfaction; it can literally be a life-changing procedure for women burdened by excessively large breasts.

Women with large breasts suffer any of these predictable symptoms: back pain, shoulder pain, neck pain, grooves in their shoulders from the weight of their breasts in the bra straps, rashes beneath or between their breasts, numbness in their fingers or hands, a dramatic inability to exercise and therefore control their weight, and tremendous embarrassment and loss of self-esteem. Big breasts can interfere with physical function, emotional comfort, and sexuality.

Your Individual Goals

Dr. Moses will explain to you how breast reduction works and where the incisions and scars will be. He will want your input as to what size breasts you think you want to have, and he will do his best to get you there.

About Breast Reduction Surgery

Breast reduction in healthy women is done as an outpatient under general anesthesia. The operation takes about two and a half hours, and you go home afterward.

Recovery from Breast Reduction

Most women can return to non-physical work within five to seven days, physical work in two weeks, and exercise in three weeks. The scars fade over several months and are hidden in the bra or any bathing suit top.

Results After Breast Reduction

Breast reduction patients are often the happiest of all plastic surgery patients. Most breast reduction patients go on to lose weight, but not just from the surgery itself. In the months and years after surgery, they experience a dramatic improvement in body image, self-esteem, and the substantial ease with which they can suddenly exercise. Symptoms such as back pain, shoulder grooves, and neck pain are often dramatically relieved or improved with breast reduction surgery.

Most women who need breast reduction have breasts that are neither pretty nor well shaped prior to surgery. Afterward, even with the surgical scars, their breasts will be smaller, perkier, much better shaped, and dramatically more comfortable. Thus, the patients with breast reduction are suddenly able to wear normal bras and normal size clothes, as well as participate in everyday activities that they previously could not have dreamed of enjoying.