What is Breast Reduction?
Breast reduction is a procedure performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient. The estimated recovery time to return to work is approximately one week and patients can turn to normal activity and exercise within 4 to 6 weeks.
While many women are looking to boost their breasts, there are quite a few who simply want to downsize. Individuals who choose breast reduction usually have overly large, pendulous breasts which cause embarrassment or physical pain. A breast reduction brings your breasts into better proportion with the rest of your body by removing excess fat, breast tissue and skin.
Breast reduction or reduction anoplasty is a procedure designed to reduce the volume of breast to a more natural and appealing shape. The procedure is also performed to help relieve back and shoulder pain associated with macromastia, or large breasts in proportion to the body frame. This procedure frequently can be considered a medically necessary one and may be covered by insurance carriers depending on the history of back pain and prior treatments including physical therapy or other more invasive back treatments.
There are numerous techniques for breast reduction as Dr. Abramson described and published in 2005 in a landmark article on reduction mammaplasty. His breast reduction technique which has been taught to many physicians over the past decade, decreases the length of the surgical procedure and provides a more aesthetically appealing long-term result. This procedure has been adopted widely and is a result of Dr. Abramson’s extensive research on this topic.
Through the years, hundreds of patients have come to Dr. David L. Abramson for their breast reductions. They have learned that he provides excellent care with superior surgical skills.
If you are seeking a board-certified doctor for your breast reduction in New York or New Jersey, then please discuss your options with Dr. Abramson during a preliminary appointment.
Is Breast Reduction Right for Me?
In most cases, a breast reduction cannot be performed until your breasts are fully grown, usually by age 18.
Symptoms For Breast Reduction
- pendulous “sagging breasts”
- excessively large breasts
- excessively dense breast tissue
Sometimes, a woman whose breasts are sagging but not too large may benefit more from a breast lift than a breast reduction. You should also wait until you are finished having children before you undergo a reduction procedure. Dr. Abramson will discuss all these concerns and options with you when weighing your suitability for a breast reduction.
About Breast Reduction Surgery
A breast reduction begins with intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. Once the incision is made, your breast reduction specialist will reposition your nipple, which remains tethered to its original blood and nerve supply. (Sometimes, if the breasts are especially large and pendulous, the nipple and areola may need to be removed and transplanted to a higher position.) The underlying tissue is reduced, lifted and shaped, and the incisions are brought together to retain the contours of the now smaller breast.
Breast Reduction Incision Options
- A circular pattern around the areola
- A keyhole- or racquet-shaped pattern with an incision around the areola and vertically down to the breast crease
- An inverted ‘T’ or anchor-shaped pattern with an incision around the areola, vertically down to the breast crease and then along the natural curve of the crease
In some cases, excision will be paired with liposuction to remove excess fat. If your breast size is mostly because of fatty tissue, rather than excess skin, then liposuction alone may be used for your breast reduction.
Dr. Abramson will determine which technique will give you the best results. His guidance and understanding have helped hundreds of women achieve successful breast reduction.
Breast Reduction Before & After Pictures
Like any surgery, breast reduction is an important decision that requires thorough consideration. You will want to inspect some breast reduction before and after pictures to see how the operation has worked on other women. Dr. Abramson has his own breast reduction before and after photos that he can show you during your preparatory visit.
Before & After Photos
Breast Reduction Costs
For your financing needs, Alphaeon™ and CareCredit® are offered. The cost of breast reduction in the New York City area relies on a number of factors. Ultimately, it is a highly individualized procedure, so the best way to determine breast reduction prices is to speak with Dr. Abramson and his knowledgeable staff.