How to Reduce Breast Size: Is Surgery the Suitable Solution?

What can be done to Reduce Breast Size?

Many women with very heavy breast tissues or large, ptotic breasts are often in pain. But it’s not just physical pain. Simple activities like walking, dressing, lifting and exercising might not be as comfortable to perform for women with large, heavy breast tissues. This is what leads many women to seek to reduce breast size and choose breast reduction Mammoplasty procedure.

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Option 1. Weight Loss to Reduce Breast Size

Losing weight or reducing your body fat levels (changing your BMI only goes so far, though, and depends on your breast composition are glandular and adipose tissues) can reduce breast size but may leave loose or excess skin.

Option 2. Binding Heavy Breasts to Reduce Breast Size

Binding wraps and/or tightly fitting bras are solutions that temporarily compress your breast volume. For a long-term solution, a breast reduction may be a more suitable option depending on the patient’s needs. Reduction surgery by a specialist plastic surgeon such as Dr Rubinstein can make a difference for patients who are tired of the discomforts and pain of having very large and significantly descending breast tissues.

Option 3. Breast Reduction Surgery

Breast Reduction surgery is a procedure that involves the removal of fat, glandular tissue and skin, to reduce the size, weight or volume of the breasts. It inherently involves a lifting of the breast tissues and nipple area, which a surgeon can reshape and resize for aesthetic reasons. Additional breast shaping techniques such as areola nipple complex (ANC) positioning and liposuction of excess fatty tissues in the breast area can also be used to attain results.

Each surgeon performs these surgeries using their preferred techniques and surgical abilities. Although all patients experience different healing processes and scarring, the procedure is primarily performed for medical reasons such as:

  • postural-related back and neck pain
  • shoulder pain from carrying heavy breast tissues on the upper torso
  • skin indents from bra straps
  • And skin chafing or skin infections from voluminous breasts

Patients should be aware that all surgery carries risks and that results can vary from patient to patient.

Reasons for Breast Reduction Surgery

  • Shapely breasts that are less ptotic
  • Lighter, more rounded and/or teardrop-shaped breasts
  • Uplifted breasts and centrally-located nipples
  • Nipples resized and readjusted for aesthetic purposes
  • Feeling it is easier to move, lift and exercise
  • Exercise freedoms including less bouncing and posture
  • Less back pain, shoulder pain and skin indentations from bras
  • More comfortable bra-wearing

Is Breast Reduction Mammoplasty Surgery the appropriate option for Excess Breast Tissue?

Breast size results from a combination of factors. These include your genetics, your body composition and your overall breast composition, your weight/body mass index and your stage of life. Even thin individuals can have heavy or voluminous breasts that cause them concerns or health issues such as neck, shoulder or back pain. Hormones can also sometimes have an effect on your breast size and shape, as can your overall metabolism. If you have large breasts, you don’t have many choices if you want them to become smaller. You can lose weight, bind your breasts or have them surgically reduced. But sometimes even losing weight won’t reduce your breast size to the degree you’re seeking. That may be an appropriate time to visit with a plastic surgeon to discuss what’s involved with breast reduction (reduction mammoplasty).

Surgery can also Reduce Breast Size and adjust Large Asymmetric Breasts too

Dr Craig Rubinstein does surgery techniques to correct unevenly sized breasts or misshapen and elongated nipples. No two breasts are alike. Every patient has one breast that is larger, lower or differently shaped than the other breast. However, some patients have what’s known as severe asymmetry. Where one breast is noticeably different in size, shape or position – a breast reduction operation can be planned to adjust for asymmetry. This allows your breasts to become more even in appearance (size, weight, shape and position).

  • The breast tissue that is removed is sent off for examination.
  • Your risk of breast cancer may also potentially be lowered, as you have less breast tissue with the potential for cancerous change.

Breast Reduction Before and After Photos (See more Breast Reduction Photos)

Case Study 1: Breast Reduction Before and After Photographs

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Case Study 2: Breast Reduction Before and After Photographs

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What Happens During Surgery for Breast Reduction?

Your operation would be performed while you’re under general anaesthetic in a private hospital in Melbourne. The breast reduction operation takes between two to three hours to complete (this can vary from patient to patient). During surgery, your excess breast tissue will be removed. Further, your surgeon may reshape and elevate the breast-nipple in accordance with surgical plans and your aesthetic goals. You’ll be provided with a supportive bra to wear after the procedure. You will also be given advice on long-term bra-wearing (24/7). You will usually stay in the hospital for at least one night (or two) once your breast reduction is completed.

Recommended further reading to reduce breast size:

  • New Trends in Reduction and Mastopexy
  • Liposuction Breast Reduction Techniques  Guest Editors Scott L. Spear M.D., F.A.C.S. Steven P. Davison M.D., D.D.S., F.A.C.S.
  • Breast Reduction Improves Symptoms of Macromastia and Has a Long-Lasting Effect
  • Bruhlmann Y. MD; Tschopp, H. MD; Annals of Plastic Surgery: September 1998

About Dr Craig Rubinstein – Specialist Plastic Surgeon


Dr Craig Rubinstein Specialist Plastic Surgeon Breast Tummy Surgery
Dr Rubinstein is one of Melbourne’s Specialist Plastic Surgeons.

Breast Reduction Research & References

Source/article: Breast Reduction Techniques and Outcomes: A Meta-analysis  by Stephen P. Daane, MD W. Bradford Rockwell, MD

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