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 areolae (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, but 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.