Breast Reduction

A breast reduction, or reduction mammoplasty, is a specialized surgical procedure to reduce the size and weight of large, heavy breasts. This transformative journey at Privé Plastic Surgery in Boca Raton combines medical expertise with an artistic touch, ensuring both physical relief and aesthetically pleasing results.

There are numerous reasons why women choose to have a breast reduction. Some women with large breasts can suffer from neck, shoulder, and back pain. They may have shoulder grooving or rashes under the breasts where moisture gets trapped. It may be difficult to exercise and even find clothing that fits properly. Many emotional and physical benefits come with reducing the size of breasts that are too large. Changing the size and shape of your breasts may alleviate the symptoms, improve your confidence in your appearance, and give you access to more clothing options. 

Symptoms Addressed by Breast Reduction

A breast reduction can be the ideal solution for those experiencing:

  • Chronic back, neck, and shoulder pain due to heavy breasts.
  • Grooves or indentations from bra straps on the shoulders.
  • Skin irritation or rashes beneath the breast crease.
  • Restricted physical activity due to breast size.
  • Self-consciousness or emotional discomfort linked to large breasts.

How Breast Reductions Can Help Improve Your Health

There are options available for receiving a breast reduction, including:

  • LiposuctionThis is the simplest form of breast reduction. It’s less invasive than other forms of surgery and produces the least noticeable scarring. Liposuction alone is usually not as effective in reducing large breasts but is often used in combination with other methods below.t 
  • Vertical Breast Reduction – When more significant reduction is necessary, a vertical breast reduction may help. This process involves moderate scarring around the nipple and straight down to the fold. It is often called a lollipop scar.  Dr.  Wu will remove skin, fat, and excess breast tissue through this incision.
  • Inverted T Breast Reduction – This is the best option when significant breast and breast skin reduction is necessary. This procedure leaves the most significant scarring around the areola, straight down and across the bottom of the breast.. This allows the maximum amount of tissue removal and reshaping of the breast.
  • Free Nipple Grafting – When the reduction is so large that the nipple will need to be removed, the breast reduced, and the nipple replaced as a graft. 

Each of these procedures is appropriate for the needs of different cases. Dr. Wu will determine which approach suits your breasts and goals for surgery best during your consultation.

Why Breast Reduction is Needed

Overly large breasts can significantly impact an individual’s quality of life, both physically and emotionally. The physical discomfort and pain associated with heavy breasts can impede daily activities and lead to postural issues. Additionally, many find shopping for clothing challenging and may feel overly self-conscious in social situations. A breast reduction can restore proportionality, enhance comfort, and boost self-confidence.

What You Should Expect From Breast Reduction Surgery

Dr. Wu will remove excess skin and tissue from your breasts while reorganizing the shape and reducing size. The procedure will involve the following steps:

  • Anesthesia – Anesthesia is part of undergoing a breast lift. However, patients may opt for either intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. 
  • Incision – An incision will be made depending on the type of breast reduction you and Dr. wu have determined would work best.
  • Reduction – Skin and tissue will be removed from the breasts, weighed, and sent to pathology. The nipple-areolar complex is often elevated as well.
  • Closing the Incision – Once the reduction is completed, the incision will be closed using sutures. Whenever possible, the incisions will be placed in a way that leaves them hidden by the natural contour of the breast when they heal.

In addition to the breast being reduced in size, the nipple-areola complex is also repositioned in a more favorable location higher on your chest. The ability to breastfeed is variable after breast reduction surgery and not possible after the free nipple grafting procedure. Even though most women have immediate relief of symptoms, breasts are dynamic and may continue to grow as we age and with weight and hormone changes. Sometimes, women even need a second breast reduction in the future if the changes are significant enough. 


Post-procedure, maintaining the results of a breast reduction is vital:

  • Opt for supportive bras to keep your new breast shape intact.
  • Maintain a stable weight to prevent breast size fluctuations.
  • Practice regular breast self-exams and attend scheduled check-ups.
  • Follow all post-operative care recommendations provided by the doctor.

Potential Risks Of Undergoing Breast Lift Surgery

Undergoing any medical procedure presents certain risks. Breast lift surgery is a well-understood procedure that has become a routine form of cosmetic treatment. When complications do occur, they are frequently mild. Potential risks of undergoing breast lift surgery include: 

  • Anesthesia risks
  • Formation of hematoma, or bleeding
  • Asymmetrical breasts
  • Temporary or permanent alterations in sensation in the breast or nipple
  • Pulmonary or cardiac complications
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Fat necrosis
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Infection
  • Complications with incisions healing
  • Need for revision surgery
  • The potential partial or entire loss of the nipple-areola complex
Woman with measuring tape around her breasts thinking about a Breast Reduction

Rediscovering Balance: The Life After Breast Reduction

A breast reduction often signifies a gateway to renewed freedom and balance. By aligning one’s external silhouette with their inner self-image, individuals commonly experience an upliftment in their day-to-day life. The physical alleviation from burdensome weight paves the way for a sprightly step and a more active lifestyle. On the emotional front, the liberation from self-consciousness allows for a richer social experience and enhanced self-esteem.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the typical recovery time for a breast reduction?

The general recovery timeline varies among patients, but most can resume day-to-day activities within 2-3 weeks. It’s essential to adhere to our doctor’s advice and avoid strenuous activities until cleared during follow-up visits.

Will I be left with scars after the breast reduction?

While incisions are a part of the breast reduction procedure, our adept doctors employ advanced techniques to minimize and strategically place scars. With proper post-operative care, these scars typically fade and become less conspicuous over time.

Is it possible to breastfeed after a breast reduction?

Many women can successfully breastfeed after undergoing a breast reduction, though it might be more challenging. It largely depends on the specifics of the procedure and the individual’s body. It’s crucial to discuss your plans and concerns with our doctor during the consultation phase.

Embrace Proportionality and Comfort: Let’s Begin Your Journey

The decision to undergo a breast reduction is deeply personal, intertwined with dreams of comfort, proportionality, and a zestful life. If you’ve decided that a breast reduction is right for you, call us for a consultation. You’ll meet with Dr. Wu to discuss your goals. Privé Plastic Surgery honors these aspirations with dedicated expertise, compassion, and meticulous care. If you’re pondering the possibilities a breast reduction can unfold, or are seeking clarity on any aspect, let’s connect. Dial us at (516) 717-3181. Together, let’s chart a path to your most harmonious self.