Breast Reduction: Is It For You?

Do you have back pain, shoulder pain, neck pain? Do you have grooves on your shoulder from bra straps? Do you have numbness in your fingers or headaches in the back of your head?

If you have large breasts and answered yes to any of the questions above, then you may want to find out more to see if a breast reduction can help with your symptoms. A breast reduction may help you feel more comfortable and confident about your body.

Having over-sized breasts not only causes physical discomfort but also damages self-esteem.

Many women say that their posture improves after a breast reduction. They are more active and feel more energetic to work out at the gym.

Breast Reduction surgery involves removing excess fat, breast tissue and skin to reshape the breast to a smaller and lifted breast.

Types of Breast Reduction Surgery: There are many ways to do a breast reduction. It is very important to consult with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon to discuss which way would be best for you. The type of scars will depend on the amount of skin you have. If there is a lot of skin that has to be removed, you may need a more traditional breast reduction. The scar from a breast reduction can be an anchor type scar, a lollipop scar which is around your nipple and up and down, or a scar only around your nipple areolar.

Important Questions to ask during a Consultation: The decision to have a breast reduction is a very important decision. You want to make sure that you ask the right questions. You may have questions of your own to ask but you may also want to ask you plastic surgeon the following questions:

  1. How many breast reductions have you performed? (you may want to ask to see before and after pictures)
  2. Are you board certified?
  3. Where is the surgery done?
  4. What are the possible complications?
  5. What is the recovery period?

To find out more information on Breast Reduction, visit us at or call us at: (212) 486-2720

Nima P. Patel M.D. FACS Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

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