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Breast Reduction

A breast reduction (reduction mammoplasty) can offer significant benefits to women desiring smaller, more proportional breasts. There are several reasons for women to undergo this procedure. Whatever the case may be, the goal of the plastic surgeons at Arkansas Plastic Surgery in Little Rock is to provide patients with the best experience and results possible. Our breast reduction surgeons will speak with you in great detail at your initial consultation about your goals and your options for breast reduction. Schedule your consultation today to get started!

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For many women, excessively large or disproportionate breasts are more than just an aesthetic issue — they are also a health concern. Large breasts can cause a host of problems, including rashes, poor posture, shoulder, neck, back pain and/or discomfort, as well as upper extremity numbness, tingling, and headaches. They can also interfere with performing certain activities and even cause self-consciousness.

By removing excess breast tissue, and skin, our plastic surgeons, Dr. David Bauer and Dr. Zachary Young, can reduce your breast size to be more proportionate with your body. With their extensive training and experience, our breast reduction surgeons have helped countless women increase their quality of life and achieve the look they desire.

Breast reduction surgery can:

  • Improve chronic back, neck, and shoulder pain
  • Resolve chronic rash or skin irritation under the breasts
  • Allow you to find more bras and clothes that fit
  • Help you feel more comfortable
  • Enhance your proportions
  • Create better symmetry
  • Help boost your confidence
  • Allow you to become more active with sports


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Breast reduction surgery usually takes about 2-3 hours, depending on the size of the breasts, and the volume being removed. In most cases, it is considered a same-day procedure with no need for an overnight hospital stay.

The surgery involves the surgical removal of the excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin through incisions on your breasts. Sometimes excess fat may be removed through liposuction. The technique used will be determined by your individual condition, breast composition, amount of reduction desired, your personal preferences, and the doctor’s advice.

  1. For your comfort and safety, you will be asleep under general anesthesia for this outpatient procedure.
  2. Typically, incisions are made around the nipple, down the center, and across the bottom of the breast. The doctor ensures that visible incision line scarring is kept to a minimum.
  3. The nipple (which remains tethered to its original blood and nerve supply) is then repositioned. The areola is reduced by excising skin at the perimeter, if necessary. Underlying breast tissue is reduced, lifted, and shaped. In some cases, for extremely large breasts, the nipple and areola may need to be removed and transplanted to a higher position on the breast.
  4. The incisions are then brought together to reshape the now smaller breast. Sutures are layered deep within the breast tissue to create and support the newly shaped breasts. Sutures, skin adhesives, and/or surgical tape close the skin.
  5. When your breast reduction procedure is complete, you will wake up from anesthesia with dressings or bandages applied to the incisions. A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect. An elastic bandage or support bra may be worn to minimize swelling and support the breasts as they heal.
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Breast Reduction Results

The results of your breast reduction surgery are immediately visible. Over time, post-surgical swelling will reduce and incision lines will fade. The results of breast reduction surgery will be long-lasting; however, over time your breasts can change due to aging, weight fluctuations, hormonal factors, and gravity.

Breast Reduction and Lift

The effects of gravity cause large breasts to sag more visibly and quickly than smaller breasts. All breast reductions incorporate a lift as well. During the procedure, your breast reduction surgeon will remove excess tissue and skin to reduce the size of your breasts. The surgeon will then reposition the nipples to give your breasts a lift and restore a more youthful bust size and shape.


Frequently Asked Questions about Breast Reduction Surgery.

Does insurance cover breast reduction surgery?

Many health insurance plans cover breast reduction surgery either fully or partially. However, the benefits paid by insurance companies for surgery vary greatly from carrier to carrier and plan to plan, so it is best to check with your health insurance provider.

You may qualify for insurance coverage for your breast reduction if you have significant symptoms caused by your heavy breasts, such as:

  • A history of rashes that required medication
  • Numbness or tingling in your arms
  • Shortness of breath when lying down
  • Inability to perform your daily activities because of the weight of your breasts
  • Significant back pain that is not improved by measures, such as physical therapy, chiropractic therapy, weight loss, and exercise

If you don’t have any of the above symptoms but are unhappy with the size of your breasts, you can still undergo breast reduction as a cosmetic procedure. There are various payment options for breast reduction surgery, including financing plans, credit cards, cash, or check.

How much does breast reduction cost?

The cost of breast reduction varies based on patient needs. Schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified doctors to learn more about the breast reduction procedure and the costs associated with it.

Will I have scarring?

The incision lines that remain are visible and permanent scars, although usually well concealed beneath a swimsuit or bra. In most cases, they will fade and significantly improve over time.

How long does breast reduction recovery take?

Most patients experience minimal discomfort following breast reduction surgery, which can be controlled with oral medications. There will be some swelling and bruising; typically, you should expect to feel some pain/soreness and you may be tired for a few days after the surgery.

Patients can expect to return to work after 2 to 3 weeks, and they should avoid vigorous activities for 4 to 6 weeks. Depending on how much breast tissue was removed and the size of the scars, it may take a little longer to recover. Visible bruising should clear up within 2 to 3 weeks, and swelling begins to resolve within 3 to 4 weeks. Drain tubes may be used and may remain for a couple of days to 1 week, depending on the size of the reduction.

Will breast reduction affect my ability to breastfeed?

While many women who have had breast reductions have gone on to successfully breastfeed their babies, you may have difficulty with breastfeeding. The impact of a breast reduction on the ability to breastfeed is most affected by the degree to which the nerves and milk-producing tissues are cut. This, in turn, depends on the amount of breast tissue removed to meet a woman’s goals.

If you are planning to have children in the near future, it is important to consult with your surgeon so you can choose the surgical options that best fit your needs and are in line with your family planning.

What are the risks of breast reduction surgery?

Breast reductions have a high success rate when performed by a trained and experienced surgeon. However, as with any surgery, it is not without risks. These can include changes in nipple sensitivity, surgical scarring, ability to breastfeed, infection, small temporary wounds, and other adverse reactions to the anesthesia. Talk with your doctor about any further complications you may have with a breast reduction.


It is important to choose an experienced plastic surgeon to perform your breast procedure. For over 20 years, Arkansas Plastic Surgery has served the central Arkansas region. You can trust us to help you achieve your surgery goals. Begin your breast reduction surgery discussion today!


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