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Breast Reduction

Reduction Mammaplasty

A breast reduction removes excess breast tissue and skin to achieve a breast size in proportion with your body and alleviate discomfort.

Who is a good candidate for breast reduction surgery?

Overly large breasts can cause health and emotional problems. In addition to self-image issues, you may also experience physical pain and discomfort. The weight of excess breast tissue can impair your ability to lead an active life. The emotional discomfort and self-consciousness often associated with having large pendulous breasts can be as important an issue as the physical discomfort and pain.

You may be a candidate for breast reduction surgery if:

  • You are physically healthy
  • You have realistic expectations
  • You don't smoke
  • You are bothered by feeling that your breasts are too large
  • You have breasts that limit your physical activity
  • You experience back, neck and shoulder pain caused by the weight of your breasts
  • You have shoulder indentations from bra straps
  • You have skin irritation beneath the breast crease



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