A breast reduction is a surgical procedure for reducing the size (and weight) of a woman's breasts. As a consequence, there is also an improvement in the shape.

Who is a candidate for a breast reduction?

Women who benefit the most from a breast reduction are those who have the most problems as a result of their large breasts. The problems experienced are: back pain, bra straps digging into the shoulders, difficulty exercising, trouble finding clothes and infections of the skin under the breast.

How is it done?

An operation is performed to remove the extra breast tissue. Incisions are made to reduce the width and the length of the breasts and, in the process, to elevate the position of the nipple and areola. This has to be carefully planned prior to going to theatre (the incisions are planned by marking the skin) and involves deciding where the new position of the nipple should be and how much breast tissue should be removed. A general anaesthetic is usually required.