Neck and back pain, bra strap indentations on the shoulders and general discomfort are all unfortunate realities for women who have exceptionally large, heavy breasts.

Oversized breasts can make a woman feel self-conscious and embarrassed, as well as physically uncomfortable. Breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammaplasty, is a cosmetic procedure during which the breasts are made smaller, lighter and more proportionate to the body. This procedure removes excess fat, glandular tissue and skin to achieve optimal breast size, leaving a small scar.

Candidates for breast reduction surgery include:

  • Teenagers with abnormally large breasts
  • Women whose breasts have grown with weight gain
  • Post-menopausal women whose breasts have sagged

The breast reduction surgery begins with an incision, which is made around the areola of the breast (the dark circle of skin surrounding the nipple) and down to the curve of the breast. Next, excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin of the breast are removed, and the remaining skin is tightened around the newly contoured breast.

Breast reduction surgery may take up to three hours and is performed under anaesthesia. Although there will likely be swelling, temporary bruising, and some pain, these side effects diminish in two weeks as the breasts heal.