Breast Reduction Overview

By RealSelf
The most common method of reducing the breasts involves three incisions.
  • One incision is made around the areola. Another runs vertically from the bottom edge of the areola to the crease underneath the breast. The third incision follows the natural curve of the breast crease. 
  • After the surgeon has removed excess breast tissue, fat and skin, the nipple and areola are shifted to a higher position. The areola, which in large breasts usually has been stretched, also is reduced in size. 
  • Skin that was formerly located above the nipple is brought down and together to reshape the breast. Liposuction may be used to improve the contour under the arm. 
  • Usually, the nipples and areolas remain attached to underlying mounds of tissue, and this allows for the preservation of sensation. The ability to breast-feed may also be preserved by this method, although this cannot be guaranteed.

What to look for in breast reduction before and after photos

Because everyone's body is different, you won't be able to completely predict your own results from looking at breast reduction before and after pictures, so here are some things to keep in mind when viewing the photo gallery.

Before Photos: Look for someone similar to you prior to surgery.
  • Body size and weight
  • Chest size
  • Breast size
  • Areola size
  • Nipple location
  • Breast symmetry
After Breast Reduction Photos: Look for...
  • Breast shape that looks natural to you
  • Minimal scar size, visibility
  • Natural location of the nipple on the breast mound
  • Degree of reduction
  • Breast symmetry
The bottom line: breast reduction results you see in before and after photos give you a good sense of a plastic surgeon's skills and experience.

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I dont care about nipples and marks .. i just want them smaller..too hard for me to have them
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30H 50yrs 123 5'7" good, normal, experience. Not sure where to write a review. Had a BR on 11/08/14, now 19 days post op. All went well, have been reduced to a D cup. All incision sites healing well. Lovely new aureolas, perky well rounded and natural shape. Love how I look in clothes and how I feel, lighter with better posture. It has all been fairly uneventful and even took my own non disolvable stitches out. Haven't seen my PS since op as I live 2 and a half hours from where he is. Coming on here has helped and guided me post op, so thank you. I would say that as I am a sensitive person and get easily overwhelmed, so although all going well, the trauma to my body has made recovery tiring and I have had to take things very easy. I also realise that many potential BR patients want to be as small as possible and I don't blame them after years of living with humungous pendulous. Breasts, but it is often not possible to go below a C cup, otherwise the breast may look unnatural and not feminine, almost like having moobs! I have a D cup depending where the bra is from or what make it is, I can be a C or even an E, but I don't get hung up on cup size, but on what they look like in and out of clothes and how much better I feel. I had the anchor incision and have full sensitivity in both nipples. Hope this post might be of help and anyone wanting to ask me anything at all about any aspect of the whole procedure and my story in general, please don't hesitate to ask x
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I am desparate for this please help me . Hw long does it take n how much that period
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