Breast Reduction
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

What is Breast Reduction?

Breast reduction is a common surgical procedure. It is done to decrease the size of one or both breasts. While more common in women, this procedure can also be done in men.

  • Overly large breasts, resulting in the following symptoms:
  • Poor body image
  • Back, neck, and shoulder pain
  • Posture problems
  • Grooving or abrasions from bra straps
  • Rash under the lower portion of the breasts
  • Large breasts—generally acquired naturally or following pregnancy
  • Large male breasts, known as gynecomastia —can be related to hormonal changes, medicines, or other health conditions

After the surgery, your breasts will be smaller and more symmetrical in appearance. They should reflect the size, shape, and symmetry you desired.

Possible Complications

Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have a breast reduction, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding and bruising
  • Possible loss of sensation to the breast, nipple, and/or areola
  • Possible loss of ability to breast feed
  • Asymmetry between breasts
  • Limited arm and/or shoulder movement
  • Delayed wound healing
  • Scarring
  • Fluid or blood-filled cysts may develop in the healing breast tissue
  • Loss of nipple, areola, skin, or breast tissue due to change in blood supply

Some factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

  • Obesity
  • Smoking, alcohol abuse , or drug use
  • Diabetes