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Breast Reduction

Breast Reduction Surgery in Little Rock, Arkansas

Reduction mammoplasty, also known as breast reduction, surgically reduces and reshapes the size of overly large breasts.

Some breasts are so large and heavy that they can cause back, neck, and shoulder pain, discomfort, grooving in the shoulders and back, and rashes between and under the breasts. If you are experiencing similar symptoms, you should consider breast reduction surgery.

Patients say it can be a life-changing procedure that gives you relief from your pain, better health, and increases your self-esteem. You can still have breasts proportionate to your figure and alleviate back, neck and shoulder pain at the same time. Dr. David Bauer has performed over 1500 breast reductions in the past 20 years.

Reduction mammoplasty, also known as breast reduction, surgically reduces and reshapes the size of overly large breasts. Breast reduction surgery may be considered medically necessary and covered by your health insurance.


A breast reduction procedure is ideal for patients who wish to alleviate the physical and the emotional discomfort caused by overly large breasts. If you suffer from one or more of the following issues as a result of your breast size, a breast reduction may be right for you:

  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Bra strap indentations on the shoulders
  • Skin irritation around or between the breasts
  • Posture Problems
  • Difficulty or pain when participating in physical activities
  • Skeletal deformities
  • Unwanted attention
  • Self-image issues

Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Bauer will discuss your breast reduction goals with you, with an emphasis on realistic goals and outcomes. Together you and your surgeon will decide your optimal breast size as well as any other improvements you would like addressed during your breast reduction surgery.


More clothing options
Post breast reduction surgery clothing tends to fit better because your body is more proportionate than before. Patients are no longer restricted from a particular clothing style which may have previously been too baggy or too revealing.

Increase Comfort
With the heavy weight of your overly large breasts lifted, our patients no longer have the added stress on their body; specifically their neck, back and shoulders, and in general are more comfortable, whether it’s lounging around the house or engaging in physical activities.

Improved confidence
Following your breast reduction surgery, patients possess more self-confidence and are less self-conscious about the size of their breasts.

Breast reductions are commonly performed for functional reasons, but there is an added benefit. Not only will you have smaller, more proportionate breasts but they also appear lifted, giving our patients more youthful positioned breasts.


Dr. Bauer completes most breast reduction surgeries within two hours. You will be asleep under general anesthesia for your safety and comfort, and it is usually an outpatient procedure. Incisions are generally placed under the breast and around the nipple areola.


Following your breast reduction procedure, dressings or bandages are applied to the incisions and an elastic bandage or support bra will be worn to minimize your swelling and support the breasts as they heal.

Recovery depends on the extent of your reduction, but usually you can return to light activities within a day or two and full activities within 3-4 weeks.

Our patients are given specific postoperative instructions depending on their procedure. The instructions for breast reduction surgery may include: how to care for your breasts following your procedure, medication to take or to apply to help the healing process or to reduce pain and swelling, how to check for infections and what to do if an infection occurs, and your limitations.


Freedom from back, neck, and shoulder pain is what most women appreciate the most about breast reduction surgery. You will also notice a difference in the indentations on your back and shoulders from your bra straps, and it will help to eliminate the rashes experienced under and between the breasts.

To schedule your appointment or for more information on breast reduction surgery, please contact our office in Little Rock, Arkansas today!



Is there an age requirement for patients who want breast reduction surgery?

Parent or guardian consent is required for all cosmetic or plastic surgery procedures performed on patients 18 years old or younger. It is advised the patient’s breasts be fully developed before considering surgery.

Will breast reduction surgery correct saggy breasts?

All breast reductions include a lift as well. Reductions will not provide upper breast fullness but will move the nipple to its original position and remove the hanging breast tissue.

Is a breast reduction considered a cosmetic procedure?

The breast reduction procedure can improve the cosmetic appearance of the breasts, but the main reason a patient undergoes breast reduction surgery is to alleviate physical and emotional discomfort.

How long will the results of breast reduction surgery last?

The results should be long lasting so long as the patient maintains a healthy weight. Your breasts can enlarge if you gain a substantial amount of weight.

Will insurance cover my breast reduction surgery?

Healthcare insurance may cover this type of operation in patients who are not significantly overweight, but have overly large breasts, and who demonstrate symptoms related to large breasts.

Some insurance companies may require a supportive letter from their primary care doctor to document a physician who has known you longer thinks a breast reduction will help your symptoms.

Breast reduction surgery can make all of this possible by reducing the size and reshaping your breasts. If you’ve been contemplating breast reduction surgery, it’s time to schedule a consultation appointment with Arkansas Plastic Surgery.