Breast Reduction (Reduction Mammoplasty)

With this procedure, we can successfully reshape and contour the breasts so they are smaller, firmer, and more proportional with your body. Our patients include very young to older women. Their goals include wanting a smaller bust line, decreasing the size of their areolas, or they want relief from back and neck pain caused by larger breasts.

Because of advancements in new technology, our board-certified plastic surgeons can typically make small incisions when performing breast-reduction surgery. The length of the incision is based on the breast size before surgery, along with its shape and the extent of the reduction. One of the key areas of plastic surgery research at UT Southwestern Medical Center involves preventing and reducing potential scarring. We use this knowledge to enhance the overall results of the surgery for patients.

At UT Southwestern, you can ask any question you may have about this procedure. Our plastic surgeons are committed to providing answers before surgery and being available after. We work with patients to make sure they understand what can be achieved considering the amount of breast tissue to be removed, skin elasticity, and chest wall dimensions.

One of the most common surgical approaches involves making an anchor-shaped incision around the areola or nipple. The surgeon then extends the incision downward, along the natural curve of the breast. The breast is then contoured and the skin tightened around the areola.

Using this technique allows our plastic surgeons to make a minimal incision, as well as more precise breast contouring. It also helps minimize bleeding. We can then reshape the breasts and remove fat, glandular tissue, and excess skin. As part of the surgery, our surgeons make the aerolas or nipples smaller when needed, resizing them to be proportional with the new breast size.

For some patients, liposuction may be a better alternative to make the breast size smaller. Liposuction is especially effective when only fat needs to be removed.

If You Are Considering Breast-Reduction Surgery

  • It is important to have this procedure performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon with expertise in breast-reduction surgery.
  • Breast-reduction surgery has a permanent impact.
  • Breasts will continue to change as you age.
  • It is important to maintain a healthy weight for the best long-term impact.