Breast Reduction (Reduction Mammaplasty)

Breast reduction, or reduction mammaplasty, should be considered for women with large, heavy breasts who experience difficulty breathing, back and shoulder pain, curved posture, and bra-strap indentations or chafing. Women whose their breasts interfere with normal activities such as exercising, driving, and working, should also consider a breast reduction.

A breast reduction reduces the size and heaviness of a woman’s breasts. Most women who receive a breast reduction also consider a breast lift to coincide to help create a more youthful look and contour. Women who receive breast reductions will find a new freedom from annoying health issues and discomfort that is associated with large breasts. We find patients are more willing to exercise and participate in physical activities after they have received the reduction.


The main goal of a breast reduction is to remove extra fat and breast tissue and reposition the breast for an improved contour. The surgery is performed under a general anesthesia while incisions are made around the nipple and extended down to the fold under the breast. The nipple is repositioned to its desired location and the excess fat, breast tissue, and skin is removed.


Normal activity for a woman can resume after 2 weeks of the surgery. For more complex physical activity such as running or aerobics, a patient should wait about 6 weeks. In 6 to 18 months the scarring from the incisions will fade.


Will my insurance pay for my breast reduction?

It is very unlikely that your insurance will pay for a breast reduction. Though it is possible, there are strict requirements that one must fit to qualify for a breast reduction. Insurance companies usually state that the patient must fit a certain ideal weight requirement while only allowing a certain amount of breast tissue to be removed.

Should I lose weight before the surgery?

A patient needs to aim to be within twenty pounds of their ideal, realistic weight. If a women is far from her realistic weight, and after the reduction, loses a considerable amount of weight, the breasts can reduce in volume which can result in sagging. If you’re close to your ideal weight, then this won’t be an issue.

Is the scarring bad?

Scarring is dependent on each patient and cannot be determined until the surgery is complete. If you are aware of your body and how you tend to scar, you will have a better idea than even your doctor. Generally, scarring around the nipple and the vertical scar to the under-fold of the breasts fade quite well. The scar at the fold underneath the breast can often cause trouble, however there are many treatments available for scarring if it does become a bigger concern.

To learn more about Breast Reduction in Baltimore, Maryland contact us today!

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