What is a Breast Reduction?

A breast reduction sometimes referred to as a reduction mammoplasty, is a plastic surgical procedure to treat women with oversized and sagging breasts. All three components of the breasts; skin, fat and gland are commonly removed. The breasts are shaped and sculpted to a smaller more upright position. Any asymmetry or enlargement of the nipples and areola (dark areas) are improved at the same time.

A breast reduction is similar to a breast lift or mastopexy procedure. The major difference is that with a breast reduction we not only lift the breasts, we also remove a significant amount of breast tissue. The procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis; however if there is a large amount of breast tissue to be removed Dr. Shienbaum prefers to perform the procedure in a hospital setting.