For many people, large breasts are associated with attractiveness and femininity. However, women that live with overly large breasts understand that it can impact your life in a negative way. They can lead to chronic back and neck pain, impacting your ability to live an active lifestyle. In addition, breasts that are extremely large may make you self-conscious and impact your self-esteem. At Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery, we perform breast reduction procedures to help women eliminate the issues associated with overly large breasts.

Why Choose Breast Reduction?

Breast reduction is a procedure performed to reduce the size and weight of the breasts. The procedure will also lift the breasts to eliminate sagging or drooping. This can have a lot of benefits, including:

  • A reduction in chronic back, shoulder, and neck pain
  • Improved physical comfort
  • Improved ability to exercise and engage in athletic activities
  • A more proportional body contour
  • Improved clothing fit
  • A more positive body image
  • Improved self esteem

Breast reduction comes with one of the highest rates of satisfaction among patients because they experience a drastic improvement in their quality of life. This makes a breast reduction one of the best options for women with large breasts.

Am I a Candidate?

In general, you may be a good candidate for breast reduction surgery if you experience one or more of the following issues:

  • Chronic back, neck, or shoulder pain
  • Grooving in your shoulders from bra straps
  • Numbness caused by stretching of your breast skin
  • Discomfort while exercising
  • Difficulty participating in athletic activities
  • Chafing or irritation of the skin beneath your breasts
  • Poor posture caused by the weight of your breasts
  • Difficulty finding accommodating clothing
  • Feelings of self-consciousness due to the size of your breasts
  • Unwanted attention focused on your breasts

Certain lifestyle factors can impact whether it is the right time to undergo breast reduction. For example, if you are planning on having children in the near future, you should discuss these plans with Dr. Ali and Dr. Tamir during your consultation. While future pregnancies will not rule you out as a breast reduction candidate, difficulty breastfeeding is common after breast reduction surgery and breast changes can necessitate further surgery.

Your Customized Breast Reduction Procedure

Although a breast reduction procedure is straightforward, there are some options to discuss with Dr. Ali and Dr. Tamir during your consultation.

Incisions

Dr. Ali and Dr. Tamir typically perform breast reduction using Wise Pattern incisions, which involve an incision around the nipple areolar complex, a vertical incision from the areola to the inframammary crease, and a horizontal incision within the inframammary crease. This results in an anchor scar which typically heals very well and fades over time. The resulting thin lines are not usually visible in clothing, including most swimwear. Other incision types exist, however, and you will discuss the best options for you during a consultation.

Breast Lift

Traditionally, a breast reduction procedure focuses on removing fat and glandular tissue from the breasts. However, because of stretched skin and sagging, a breast lift always accompanies the breast reduction procedure. This helps to lift the breasts into a more upright and perky position, as well as repositioning the nipple and areolae if they point downwards. Dr. Ali and Dr. Tamir can recommend the right combination procedure based on your unique anatomy and goals for a breast reduction.

Breast Reduction Recovery

You will notice results immediately after your breast reduction procedure, especially after swelling begins to subside in the weeks after surgery. Your plastic surgeon will prescribe medications to manage pain and swelling. Most patients are able to return to work or social activities within a week, although this can vary based on your unique procedure and anatomy. It will take time for your final results to emerge as swelling goes down and your breasts settle into their natural state— most patients see their final results within 3-6 months.

“The entire staff were the best.” – M.S.

“Everyone at every stage was wonderful and made me feel very comfortable! Thank you all!” -M.W.

Everyone was friendly & professional, I had received written directions prior to my surgery to help me prepare. They were very comprehensive and good to refer back to. The doctor always communicated well with me and the anesthesiologist was very through in explaining the anesthesia with me. Over all, everyone was very friendly and the facility was excellent!
-M.C.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can breast grow back after reduction?

Yes. Many factors can lead to an increase in the size of a woman’s breasts, including hormonal changes during pregnancy or menopause, weight gain, or even just aging.

Can you drink alcohol after breast reduction?

Alcohol should not be mixed with any pain medications and may increase the risk of postoperative bleeding, so it should be avoided following any surgery. Once you have healed and have been cleared by your surgeon, you can resume alcohol consumption.

Do you lose feeling in your nipples after breast reduction?

No. Normal protective sensation of the nipples is not lost after a breast reduction. A small percentage of women may lose specialized erotic nipple sensation after having a breast reduction.

Do you lose weight after breast reduction?

Yes. Most breast reductions involve the removal of at least 1 lb. of tissue from each breasts. Women also have an easier time with exercise after having a breast reduction, so may lose even more weight.

How can I reduce my cup size?

A breast reduction will typically reduce a woman’s cup size. Talk with your surgeon and let him/her know what your desired cup size is and ask whether that is a reasonable expectation following surgery.

How dangerous is breast reduction surgery?

While there is some risk associated with any surgery, breast reduction surgery is very safe.

How do breast reductions work?

A breast reduction is a surgical procedure to both reduce the volume of the breasts as well as improve their shape with a lift. In most cases, the nipple is moved into a better position and the breast takes on a better and lifted shape. The amount of tissue that can be removed depends on the size and shape of the natural breast.

How do I know if I need a breast reduction?

If you have symptoms such as back or neck pain, shoulder grooves, or difficulty in finding a well fitting bra, a breast reduction may help alleviate those symptoms.. Other symptoms that may be improved with a breast reduction include rashes, breast pain and poor posture.

How long does it take for swelling to go down after breast reduction?

Swelling typically lasts 2 to 6 weeks following a breast reduction, but final shape may not be seen until 3 to 6 months.

How long does it take to recover from a breast reduction?

Patients are able to walk and do light activities immediately after surgery. Exertional exercise should be avoided for the first 2 weeks. Heavy lifting should be avoided for 6 weeks. Non-labor work can usually be resumed in 1 week or less.

How many cup sizes can you go down with breast reduction?

Depending on your starting point, you can do down several cup sizes and still maintain adequate circulation to the breast tissue and a proportional feminine build.

How much do breast reductions cost?

Breast reduction cost ranges from $5000 to $8000.

When can I sleep without a bra after breast reduction?

Ask your surgeon, but typically clothing restrictions following breast reduction are lifted at 6 to 12 weeks after surgery.

When can I wear a normal bra after breast reduction?

Ask your surgeon, but typically clothing restrictions following breast reduction are lifted at 6 to 12 weeks after surgery

What happens after breast reduction?

After fully recovered, typically 6 weeks or so, women resume normal activities with smaller, more shapely breasts.

Does breast size affect weight?

It is actually the other way around. Weight may affect breast size.

Does insurance pay for breast reduction?

In some cases, yes.

Does weight gain increase breast size?

Typically yes. Not every woman experiences changes in her breast size with weight fluctuations, but most do.

Has anyone had a second breast reduction?

Yes. Some women do develop large breasts after a reduction and need a second procedure.

How do you know when you need a breast reduction?

If you have symptoms such as back or neck pain, shoulder grooves, or difficulty in finding a well fitting bra, a breast reduction may help alleviate those symptoms.. Other symptoms that may be improved with a breast reduction include rashes, breast pain and poor posture.

How is the recovery from breast reduction?

Patients are able to walk and do light activities immediately after surgery. Exertional exercise should be avoided for the first 2 weeks. Heavy lifting should be avoided for 6 weeks. Non-labor work can usually be resumed in 1 week or less. Most patients require pain medication only for a few days.

How long do stitches stay in after breast reduction?

All stitches are dissolving and under the skin, thus there are no stitches to be removed after a breast reduction.

How long does it take breast reduction to heal?

The incisions heal very quickly. Normal activities are resumed by 6 weeks. Final results are typically seen at 3 to 6 months.

How much is 500 grams breast reduction?

1 pound is equal to 454 grams.

How painful is a breast reduction?

Not terribly painful. Most patients take prescription pain medication for only a few days, and some don’t require it at all.

Is it OK to wear a sports bra after breast reduction?

Yes. Ask your surgeon.

Is it worth getting a breast reduction?

Yes. Breast reduction surgery has one of the highest patient satisfaction scores of any plastic surgical procedure.

Why do breasts grow back after a reduction?

Yes. Many factors can lead to an increase in the size of a woman’s breasts, including hormonal changes during pregnancy or menopause, weight gain, or even just aging.

Why do my breasts hurt and feel heavy?

Large breasts are subject to gravity and may feel heavy and hurt when not properly supported.

Why Choose Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery?

Our board-certified plastic surgeons have over 20 years of experience in achieving excellent breast surgery results and can help you through every step of the breast reduction process. We understand the great impact that large breasts can have on you and your lifestyle, so Dr. Ali and Dr. Tamir can help you achieve the body you feel most comfortable in. To get started on discussing your options for breast reduction in Phoenix, contact our office by calling or filling out our online form.