Breast Reduction

Breast reduction, also called reduction mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure to decrease the size of the breasts. This life-changing procedure offers instant relief to women who experience neck, back, and shoulder pain or other symptoms due to breast size.

Is Breast Reduction
right for you ?

Pre and Post Operative Instructions

Breast reduction is an excellent procedure for patients seeking a smaller chest size. In many cases, however, reductions are performed to ease physical symptoms associated with breast size. Physical symptoms might include:

Neck, back, and shoulder pain from the straight of additional weight

Numbness in the breasts, arms, or fingers due to compression on nerves

Breathing problems due to weight on the chest wall

Poor posture due to excess chest weight

Skin irritation underneath the breasts, including rashes

Skin indentions in the shoulders from weighted bra straps

Persistent migraine headaches 

During the initial consultation, your surgeon will provide a comprehensive exam and discuss your goals to understand if this procedure suits your needs.


Relieve pain and discomfort associated with breast size


Create breasts proportionate to the rest of your body profile


Minimize nipples and areolas to have a natural size and location


Create symmetry between breasts


Before surgery

A patient care concierge will guide you through the entire consultation process, which can be attended in person or virtually. During the consultation, your surgeon will learn about your goals, answer any questions, and perform an examination to create a personalized surgical plan. You will then be matched with a surgical coordinator who will walk you through each step of the preoperative process.

Stop smoking
Fill prescriptions
Stop medications and supplements that exacerbate bleeding
Plan time away from work, childcare, and pet care for recovery
Find a family member or friend to bring you home and assist you after surgery

During surgery

Barrett Plastic Surgery practices a lollipop incision technique to create less scarring and a more comfortable recovery process. An incision is made around your areolas and vertically beneath the bottom of the breast, then tissue and excess skin are removed from the breasts and bra line area to create the desired size and shape. To close the incisions, your surgeon will use a unique layered suturing technique that minimizes tension to minimize scarring.

Surgery duration
4 hours

After surgery

After surgery, patients typically experience relief instantly, with symptoms continuing to improve throughout the healing process. Swelling and soreness are expected for the first few days following the procedure. Most patients return to work within a week, and more strenuous activity should be restricted for six weeks.

Your surgeon will provide specific instructions for optimal post-operative care, including an advanced scar management protocol after the initial healing period. Your surgical team is always available and will closely monitor your recovery in the weeks and months following surgery.

Immediate Recovery Period
5 days
Final Results
6 months

Breast Reduction Surgery & Insurance Coverage

Breast reductions are one of the few cosmetic procedures that may be covered by health insurance. Obtaining coverage typically requires detailed documentation of symptoms to deem the reduction medically necessary. To fully understand their guidelines for coverage before their initial consultation, we encourage all potential breast reduction patients to contact their health insurance companies. 

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