Breast Reduction Overview

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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