Breast reduction

Balance beyond aesthetics

Breast reduction, also known as reduction mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure that removes excess breast fat, glandular tissue and skin to achieve a breast size that is proportional to your body and to reduce the discomfort associated with large breasts (macromastia).

When we talk about breast reduction, we also talk about breast lift and reduction of the size of the  areola, that are always performed, giving the breast a natural aesthetic appearance.

Extremely large breasts can cause problems for patients. Patients with macromastia may experience physical discomfort as a result of the weight of their breasts.

Breast reduction – reduction mammoplasty – is addressed to women with large, heavy, saggy breasts. In some situations that cause back pain, shoulder pain, difficulty in breathing, irritation of the skin under the breast due to permanent sweating, as well as the difficulty of finding  suitable clothes. The pain can cause difficulty in carrying out everyday activities.

Although breast reduction is most often performed to solve medical problems, patients who do not have symptoms of macromastia, but are dissatisfied with the size of their breasts, may choose the breast reduction surgery strictly as an aesthetic procedure.

The breast reduction intervention is performed through an incision on the breasts, through which excess fat, glandular tissue and excess skin are removed.

In some cases, excess fat can be removed by liposuction. If the breasts are very large due to fat and excess skin is not a problem, liposuction can be used for breast reduction.

Who is a perfect candidate for breast reduction?

You may be an ideal candidate for breast reduction if:

  • you are physically healthy and have a stable weight;
  • you don’t smoke;
  • you do not feel comfortable due to the fact that the breasts have lost their firmness and volume;
  • your nipples have lost their firmness;
  • your skin is stretched and you have large areolas;
  • the breasts are asymmetrical.

What should you expect during a breast reduction consultation?

First of all, you can come relaxed to a consultation, with a prior appointment. Next, we want you to structure your questions and ask any question with confidence.

We will go through all the possible complications together, we will make sure that you understand exactly everything you need to do before and after the operation. We will make sure together that we determine the exact desired breast size and you understand what the post-op scars will look like.

We will review possible chronic conditions and treatments to understand if you are an ideal candidate for this surgery.

The consultation lasts about 40 minutes, during which we will surely figure out what suits you best.

The technique used in breast reduction will be chosen according to several factors, such as: physical condition, the structure of the breasts, the volume that needs to be reduced, the dimensions you want, personal preferences and last but not least, the doctor’s advice. Many times, the technique used by our surgeons is similar to that of mastopexy, that’s why we invite you to also read the page dedicated to Mastopexy.

How should you prepare for breast reduction surgery?

To prepare for breast reduction surgery, you may be asked to:

  • stop smoking.
  • avoid taking aspirin or certain anti-inflammatory drugs because they increase bleeding. Do not stop them without talking to the doctor!
  • not use other substances.

It would be preferable to have someone drive you to the hospital and accompany you to discharge the day after the surgery.

What are the risks of a breast reduction?

Possible risks of breast reduction:

  • risks of anesthesia;
  • bleeding;
  • hematoma;
  • infection;
  • changes in the sensitivity of the nipples and breasts;
  • the formation of less aesthetic scars;
  • fluid accumulation (seroma);
  • persistent pain;
  • a possible revision of the operation.


These risks and others will be discussed with the doctor before the operation. It is very important to ask the questions that interest you in order to fully understand everything that breast reduction surgery means.

Other important aspects to consider:

  • the breast reduction procedure can be performed at any age, but the perfect time to be done is when the breasts are fully developed;
  • breast changes during pregnancy or significant weight fluctuations can change the results of previous breast reduction surgery;
  • breast reduction requires periodic check-ups to check the condition of the breasts.

What are the steps in breast reduction surgery?

A breast reduction includes the following steps::
*Results may vary depending on the personal characteristics of the patients. We address people over the age of 18.