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What Is Breast Reduction

The surgery consists of reducing the size of large breasts. Many women suffer from back problems and many have self-confidence diminished due to having large breasts that are not proportionate to the frame of their body. The procedure also addresses issues with the nipple-areola being stretched and widened. While ensuring functional sensitivity and lactational capability of the breasts.

Why should You have a Breast Reduction Surgery

Reduced Shoulder & Back Pain

If you suffer from chronic back, shoulder, and neck pain to the point that medication is needed to be taken to aid with the pain. Another common symptom that many suffer from is rashes and skin irritation under the skin of the breast. All due to having large breasts then you may want to consider scheduling a consultation for resolving these issues.

Smaller more manageable breasts

More manageable breasts significantly improve one’s quality of life. Being less self-conscious of one’s breast improves a woman’s self-confidence, and any other injuries occurred from dealing with large breasts

Reduce Saggy Breasts

A major benefit of having a breast reduction is as time progresses all women experience saggy breasts. With a reduction, you are much less prone to how extreme your breast may sag as you age.

More Balanced Body Contour

The reduction of one’s breast improves a woman’s self-confidence by offering a more natural and appealing Body contour. One suited for the frame of her body giving her a more balanced physique.

Who are the best candidates

If you feel as though your breast are too large due to pain, issues with performing basic tasks, or just want an improvement in overall self-confidence.
Breast reduction surgery should be considered if:

You are physically healthy
You have realistic expectations
You don’t smoke
You are bothered by feeling that your breasts are too large
You have breasts that limit your physical activity
You experience back, neck and shoulder pain caused by the weight of your breasts
You have shoulder indentations from bra straps
You have skin irritation beneath the breast crease

How do I decide the right size of implants to get?

Doing some research before seeing a medical professional will give you an idea of what may be ideal for you. It will always vary due to weight, height, desired goal. But if you are unsure scheduling a consultation with Mark A. Schusterman, MD is your best option. With over 20 years of experience, he will give you the best advice on the market.

How Is it Performed

Most surgeries take about one to two hours per breast while the patient is fully asleep under general anesthesia and monitored by our medical team. The most common method of reducing the breasts involves three incisions: one incision made around the areola, a second incision that runs vertically from the bottom edge of the areola to the crease underneath the breast, and a third incision that follows the natural curve of the breast crease.

How much pain is involved

Once the procedure has been completed, you will notice that you feel significantly weaker than usual. Your chest will feel soreness for several weeks, typically 2 to 3 weeks on average. You may need pain medicine for a week or two, you notice as time progresses your body will begin to regain its strength with each passing day.

What are the Risks

As with any surgery, there are several risks that may arise with a breast reduction surgery. Some may include scarring, different sensitivity or sensation of the nipple area that may be temporary or permanent. If unable to properly recover some risks may include poor healing, shape irregularities, potential inability to breastfeed.

Many risks may be involved with a breast reduction surgery so it is advised to speak with Mark A. Schusterman, MD to know full well what is recommended and how to avoid such risks.

Are There Scars?

Dr. Schusterman and his team make every effort to minimize scarring or make incisions in inconspicuous places on the breast. After the surgery and swelling are reduced, the incisions will continue to heal and fade over time. Regardless of surgeon or technique, however, it’s important to realize the incision lines will be permanently visible, and the final scarring varies by patient. Fortunately, our surgery team uses incisions sites that are easily concealed by clothing, even with low-cut necklines.

How Does The Surgery Affect Pregnancy

It does not prevent the remaining breast tissue and fat from being affected by pregnancy. The changes in the breasts, specifically its size, will still be visible.


After surgery, you may notice a decreased sensation in the nipple and areola areas. This is usually temporary. It may, however, take over a year before sensation returns to normal. Most women can return to work and light activities within a week or two, although your breasts will require some time to settle into a natural shape. If you still feel your breasts are too large after surgery, this is a common occurrence for several weeks until all swelling in the chest is gone, when you’ll truly be able to enjoy the final results of your breast reduction. As with any major medical procedure, there are certain risks associated with breast reduction surgery that should be discussed with your plastic surgeon.

When can you go back to work

On average it can take up to 2 weeks for a patient to get back to work, depending on how physically strenuous your work is. Avoid lifting heavy objects for several weeks.

When Can you exercise

After the procedure and you should avoid strenuous activity for at least six weeks, allowing the body to heal. Walking is advised and when returning to exercise it is recommended to start off light.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will Insurance Cover A Breast Reduction

We do not currently accept insurance for a breast reduction surgery. Most breast reduction surgeries falls under the heading of “cosmetic,” and thus “elective” and not a medically necessary breast reduction that insurance companies would cover. But there are valid medical reasons for breast reduction. Some insurance plans will cover the breast reduction surgery depending on the size of your breasts.

Are There Financing Options?

While we don’t currently accept insurance for our breast reduction procedures, We do have some financing options available. We will be happy to go over all your payment options during your consultation.

Can a Nipple Die

We will do everything we can to preserve nipple sensation and viability by use of the different techniques. The larger the breasts the more chance there is for problems with the nipple. We will do everything possible to prevent this completion.

Am I a candidate for the “short scar” procedure

The short scar procedure is the same as the lollipop procedure and we will discuss this option at the time of your consultation.

Will The Breasts Grow Big Again

Your breasts should not regrow unless you have an endocrine problem.

Is there a minimum age

Your breast should have stopped growing prior to the procedure. Usually 16-17 years old with parents permission is the youngest age we perform a breast reduction surgery on.

Is Breast Reduction Without Surgery Possible?

No it at least requires liposuction

Will I Need a Breast Lift With My Breast Reduction

A breast lift is automatically part of a breast reduction.

Do any sutures have to be removed?

All of our sutures are absorbable

Will I have drains?

It is possible you will have drains although we are using them less and less

Do I need liposuction of the armpit area as well?

Possibly but we will evaluate that issue at the time of your consultation.

During your consultation Dr. Schusterman will assess your needs, review the procedure with you in length and answer any questions you may have. After your consultation, we will review the financial quote based on your examination and discuss financing options through CareCredit, United Medical Credit. Our consultation fee is $100. The consultation is about an hour in length and is typically scheduled on a Wednesday; however we will do our best to meet your scheduling needs.

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