Breast Reduction

Breast reduction is designed to reduce the size of a woman’s breasts. It may also improve the overall appearance or shape of the breast and help balance breast asymmetries. It helps in treatment of physical complaints such as neck, shoulder and back pain experienced by many women with large breasts.

Skin, along with breast tissue and fat, are removed to create smaller, shapelier breasts. An added benefit where ptosis (droop) exists is a simultaneous uplift of the nipple areolar complex to a more normal position to give a more youthful appearance. The areolae (darker skin which surrounds the nipple) may also be reduced in size and made more symmetric.

Who is a Candidate?

  • Patients who want smaller breasts
  • Patients seeking better breast symmetry
  • Healthy patients without breast cancer
  • Patients who possess realistic expectations
  • Patients who will tolerate breast scar/s
  • Patients who complain of chronic neck, shoulder and back pain from excessive breast size
  • Patients with large breasts who experience chronic skin irritation along their bra straps and under the breast folds

Intended Results

  • Smaller breast size
  • Improved breast contour

Procedure Description

  • Breast reduction is performed in an accredited outpatient surgical facility or in the hospital under general anaesthesia or conscious sedation with local anaesthesia
  • Depending on several factors, breast reductions are performed using surgical techniques that preserve breast tissue and maintain a healthy blood supply to the breasts
  • Various external skin envelope closures are available which will determine the placement and size of your postoperative scars (discussed with your cosmetic surgeon)
  • A drain may be inserted at the time of surgery
  • Breast tissue is usually submitted for biopsy

Recuperation and Healing

  • Postoperative discomfort is usually controlled with oral medications, or even a pain pump
  • Surgical drains may be present after the surgery. Your cosmetic surgeon will determine when these are to be removed
  • A special postoperative support bra may be worn after surgery for several weeks
  • Postoperative care the first night may be at home with a responsible adult, an overnight care facility, or overnight at the hospital
  • You should be seen the next day for evaluation
  • Sutures will remain in place and are removed at an appropriate time as determined by your cosmetic surgeon (usually 2-3 weeks)
  • Light activity may usually resume in less than 10 days. Sports activities may be resumed in 6 weeks or longer (depending on your surgeon’s advice)

Other Options

  • Breast volume reduction by breast fat liposuction-liposculpture
  • Breast contouring using breast skin resection with or without liposculpture

Approximate Costs

Price variations can alter widely between patients and what surgery is actually required, so only a broad guide can be offered. Please contact our office for more specific details at this link

$7,000 – $10,000


The specific risks and suitability of this procedure for a given individual can only be determined at the time of consultation with your cosmetic surgeon. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do no affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are rare.