Breast reduction is an option for women who have very large breasts that cause them to experience pain caused by the excessive weight (including back and neck pain, skin irritation, skeletal deformities, and breathing problems). Breast reduction surgery can often eliminate that pain and give the patient a balanced figure by removing fat, glandular tissue, and skin from the breasts and reducing the size of the areola, for smaller, lighter, and firmer breasts. Breast reduction is usually performed for physical relief rather than cosmetic improvement since most women who have the surgery are troubled by very large, sagging breasts that restrict their activities and cause them physical discomfort. The procedure will leave permanent scars (easily covered by a bra or bathing suit) and future breast-feeding may not be possible, since the surgery removes many of the milk ducts leading to the nipples. Women who are ready to consider their options for obtaining smaller breasts, can schedule an initial consultation to discuss their feelings and goals with board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Schmid and Dr. Mooty at The Lubbock Plastic Surgery Institute at their offices in Lubbock and Midland.
Breast Reduction Reviews
"Dr. Mooty did my breast reduction and truly has magic hands. 10/10 will recommend him everytime! He did amazing! Women want to use my results to show their surgeons of how they want theirs to look! That just goes to show how incredible Mooty is!"- S.W. / Google / Sep 19, 2021
"I just recently went through the process of a consultation with Dr. Schmid and also had breast augmentation by him. My experience was hands down the best I could have ever asked for! From the beginning to end I will highly recommend him to family and friends that want a procedure done by him. His staff and himself are considerate, kind, and very professional. The way the entire staff preps you for surgery and makes sure your well taken care of and comfortable. They understand any concerns you have and make you feel 💯 percent comfortable with any questions you have and down to the surgery day. Dr. Schmid and his staff are amazing! His work is amazing and even the care they provide during your post op, your left feeling very well taken care of. Thank you to Dr. Schmid and his staff for such a wonderful experience! I am very pleased with my results and he did everything I asked for!"- C.T. / Google / Mar 29, 2022
"I have had only great experiences with Dr. Schmid and his staff. It is clear he is well-known and well-respected in his field. I am extremely happy with my results and would definitely recommend him to anyone interested in breast augmentation. His staff are always friendly and attentive. I have nothing but good things to say about my experience."- N. / Healthgrades / Apr 29, 2022
"Dr. Schmid is amazing. I just had an upper and lower blethroplasty with brow lift and it's FABULOUS. He is definitely blessed and I'm very pleased that I chose him. He did breast augmentation on me 20 years ago too which is still awesome. Thank you Dr. Schmid."- T.S. / Google / Apr 05, 2023
"I am a 53 yr old woman who needed a breast reduction and lift. Dr. Daniele was very professional and kind. They got me in and out and the recovery time was virtually painless. I highly recommend Dr. Daniele and his staff were so wonderful ❤️"- S.S. / Google / Jul 31, 2023
During breast reduction surgery, surgeon skill is important. In addition to minimizing scarring, there will be a focus on maintaining a healthy blood supply to the nipple areola complex. This is essential because once the nipple and areola are repositioned, blood vessels will work to reestablish blood flow in order to prevent discoloration of the nipple and loss of feeling. Excess breast tissue is generally removed through a liposuction method and loose skin will also be surgically removed.
An “anchor” incision is one of the most commonly used techniques during this surgery. During this approach, an incision is made around the areola, which extends down to follow the natural curve and crease of the breast. It is also referred to as a vertical “T”. Once the breast is resized and reshaped, the nipple and areola will be repositioned and then the lift will be performed so the breast sits higher on the chest. The incisions will generally include absorbable stitches on the inside of the breast. There are variations to this incision pattern that can be used depending on breast size and aesthetic goals.
A breast reduction is performed under general anesthesia at an accredited surgical facility as an outpatient procedure. It typically takes about 2-4 hours to complete. During surgery, a training tube may be placed to control bleeding and swelling. For the first several weeks, patients will be directed to wear a surgical bra or compression garment. Most patients are able to return to work within 1-2 weeks, and may begin exercising by 4-6 weeks. The visible results of a breast reduction will be immediate. However, it may take 6 months or longer for nipple sensitivity to return.
Breast Reduction FAQs
The results following breast reduction surgery should remain the same as long as a significant amount of weight gain does not occur. The natural aging process and gravity will, over time, change the laxity of a woman’s breast, but the size should remain steady if there is not a pregnancy or weight gain that follows.
One of the drawbacks to having excessively large breasts is an enlarged areola (the slightly darker area surrounding the nipple). Thankfully, breast reduction surgery corrects this. Since the incision occurs around the areola, it is a relatively simple technique to trim away the desired amount of areola and reshape it into a smaller size so it looks proportional with the new breast size and shape.
Average Reduction Size?
This varies depending on the patient’s aesthetic and physical goals. After breast reduction surgery, it is common to go down a complete cup size, if not two.