A breast reduction procedure results in smaller, more proportionate breasts that are more natural looking and more comfortable. This procedure alleviates neck and back pain, shoulder pain and grooving and intertriginous rashes (rashes underneath the breast).
In the breast reduction procedure, an incision is carefully made around the areola (the darker skin surrounding the nipple) and underneath the curve of the breast; then excess skin, tissue and fat are removed, and finally, the new breast takes shape when the remaining skin is tightened and the incisions are closed. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis under anesthesia and takes about four hours.
Common side effects of breast reduction include swollen breasts, temporary bruising, and some pain. As breasts heal over the next three to six weeks, these side effects will diminish.