Breast Reduction

Breast reduction, or reduction mammoplasty, is an innovative breast enhancement technique that can reduce the size of overly-large breasts for a balanced result.

Many women would like to reduce the overall size of their breasts for cosmetic and functional reasons. Overly-large breasts may take away from body proportions. Additionally, many women with large breasts turn to better fitting bras for support or try to undergo weight loss to relieve strain. However, as we age and lose collagen, the breasts begin to sag. For women with large breasts, this can lead to an increase in physical strain on the back, neck or shoulders and cause chafing or bad posture. Breast reduction surgery can address both the aesthetic and physical effects of overly-large breasts and achieve a more symmetrical result.

Dr. Brandow is one of Philadelphia’s leading breast reduction surgeons, having helped countless patients improve breast size and shape through breast enhancement surgery. The Brandow Clinic offers reduction mammoplasty for long-lasting improvements to breast size.


Who is a Candidate for Breast Reduction Surgery?

  • Women who would like to reduce the size of large breasts.
  • Women who would like to reduce the size of large breasts.
  • Women experiencing physical strain around the neck, shoulders and back due to large breasts.
  • Women experiencing skin irritation in the creases of the breasts.
  • Women who feel uncomfortable exercising or performing physical activity due to large breasts.

Intended Results of Reduction Mammoplasty

Breast reduction is meant to improve the size of large breasts for a more balanced appearance, as well as ease any physical strain caused by overly-large breasts. Breast reduction has been shown to help women feel more confident in their appearance. After breast reduction, many of Dr. Brandow’s patients feel they can confidently exercise, wear better-fitting clothing, sleep better and much more. The physical benefits of reduction mammoplasty are just as rewarding—many women feel less strain on the upper body and experience less chafing.


Procedure Description – Breast Reduction

Reduction mammoplasty is performed on an outpatient basis. Breast reduction patients are given general anesthesia. Dr. Brandow will make incisions around the areolas to improve breast size. Any excess skin can be removed, as well as small amounts of unwanted fat. Dr. Brandow will redrape any sagging skin to restore a firmer-looking appearance to the breasts. The nipples and surrounding areolas can also be repositioned during breast reduction surgery.


Recuperation and Healing After Breast Reduction Surgery

Breast reduction patients are given an elastic bra to help aid in healing by maintaining proper breast positioning. This elastic bra is typically removed after 2-3 weeks, along with your sutures. Oral medications can be prescribed after reduction mammoplasty to help minimize post-procedure discomfort.


Other Options to Enhance Reduction Mammoplasty Surgery

Breast reduction surgery is often paired with a breast lift to attain a more symmetrical, youthful breast shape. During this combination breast enhancement procedure, Dr. Brandow can reduce breast size while also addressing sagging or drooping breast skin for comprehensive results. Dr. Brandow can discuss which breast surgery methods can best achieve your individual procedure goals during your breast reduction consultation at our Philadelphia / New Jersey Shore offices.


Insurance Guidelines for Breast Reduction in Philadelphia

Your insurance may or may not cover a portion of your breast reduction surgery; this is ultimately dependent on the specifics of your breast reduction procedure, as well as your insurance company’s policy.


Note

The specific risks associated with breast reduction for each patient can only be determined during your consultation for reduction mammoplasty. Every surgery carries some risk and minor complications may occasionally occur, though these minor complications do not affect the surgical outcome. Major complications are unusual.