Breast Reduction

Breast Reduction

For women with excessively heavy breasts or large, pendulous breasts, a breast reduction can improve quality of life as well as appearance.

As with other plastic surgery procedures, breast reduction is personalized for each patient’s individual body type and aesthetic goals. If you feel physically burdened by or self-conscious about oversize breasts, our Long Island plastic surgeons can help you understand your choices and devise a custom treatment plan to meet your goals.

The Effects of Heavy Breasts

Excess breast tissue can weigh heavily on the body, causing the breasts to progressively droop, straining the back, and impairing physical activity. Heavy, pendulous breasts can lead to:

  • Pain in the neck, shoulders and back
  • Diminished range of motion
  • Bruising or skin abrasions from bra straps
  • Skin irritation below the creases of the breasts

With time, the physical discomfort can worsen and contribute to feelings of self-consciousness or emotional distress. Most women with weighty breasts who don’t smoke and are in otherwise good health are candidates for breast reduction surgery.

Breast Reduction Benefits

Breast reduction can improve or eliminate the chronic pain associated with heavy breasts. The procedure can also help restore posture and balance.

In cosmetic terms, breast reduction provides a more proportionate appearance. In addition to the health and lifestyle benefits of breast reduction, the refined aesthetics are often accompanied by more comfortable and varied wardrobe choices.

Breast reduction is a life-changing procedure for many women, and because of its long-term health benefits, many insurance providers cover the surgery.

Breast Reduction Basics

Each breast reduction procedure differs based on individual factors that include body stature, breast size and breast-tissue density. However, all breast reduction surgeries share some basic elements.

A breast reduction is similar to a breast lift in that it elevates the areolas and nipples, and raises the profile of the breasts. One key difference is that breast reduction removes breast tissue and may include liposuction to eliminate excess fat that weighs down the breasts.

The remaining breast tissue is then tightened and contoured for a symmetrical, natural-looking appearance. Breast reduction is typically performed on an outpatient basis, and the results are immediately noticeable and will last indefinitely, though the breast tissue will eventually show some effects from the natural aging process.

To learn more about the breast reduction procedure or to schedule your personal consultation at one of our Long Island locations, please contact Precision Medical Arts today.