Women with large breasts may experience back, neck, and shoulder pain, rashes beneath the breasts, and grooving along the shoulders from their bra straps. Some women are very self-conscious about their large breast size, and many have difficulty finding properly fitting bras and clothing. When these factors negatively impact a woman’s quality of life, they may be a candidate for a medically necessary breast reduction. The goal of medically necessary breast reduction surgery is to remove as much tissue as possible from the breasts while maintaining appropriate aesthetics. This approach will produce breasts that are smaller, lifted, and more naturally in proportion with your body, which can help correct posture, reduce pain and discomfort, eliminate skin irritation, and improve self-image and confidence.

Please note: To provide a more streamlined and convenient process, ALL consultations are scheduled virtually.

I got my breast reduction two months ago and to be honest my breast look amazing and my back feels so much better. After the surgery, the pain was not that bad and no opioids were prescribed which was great. I would do it all over again. ~ Nicelocal

During your consultation, your surgeon will discuss your desires and expectations with you. An individualized plan tailored to your needs will be explained.

Amazing plastic surgeon for breast reduction. Takes insurance. Beautiful office. Very professional and smart. I booked my breast reduction the same day as the free consultation. I love this doctor and love how I look now. ~ ZocDoc

Breast reduction plastic surgery removes excess skin, breast tissue, and fat from the breasts. The areola is also usually reduced in size. There are a variety of surgical techniques available to perform breast reduction surgery, however, for a medically necessary breast reduction an anchor-shape incision is used. This leaves a scar that encircles the areola and follows a vertical line down towards the base of the breast with an additional scar along the natural fold underneath the breast. After removing the excess skin, breast tissue, and fat, the tissues are re-suspended to assume a naturally contoured shape. Doing so also repositions the nipple and areola so that they are in a more aesthetically pleasing location, pointing forward instead of down (which is referred to as a breast lift). 

The procedure is performed under general anesthesia and takes approximately three hours. Patients return home that same day.

Bruising and swelling are normal and may take a few weeks to resolve. There are no drains and all of the stitches are beneath the skin and do not need to be removed. Patients are permitted to walk and return to their activities of daily living immediately following surgery, however, strenuous exercise and heavy lifting and pulling should be avoided for two weeks. Patients typically return to work that doesn’t require manual labor in about a week. It takes about one to two months for patients to feel like they’re able to get back to their preoperative activity level.

During surgery, a special technique called a nerve block will be performed which places long-acting anesthetic medicine along the rib cage. This eliminates the need for postoperative prescription-strength medication. 

  • Major complications and postoperative emergencies are uncommon. Our surgeons take a conservative and educated approach to breast reduction surgery and will discuss in detail all the risks, alternatives, and benefits prior to performing surgery.
  • Most medically necessary breast reductions will also include a breast lift as part of the surgical technique.

 Some health insurance plans will cover a medically necessary breast reduction.

  • Cosmetic liposuction of the chest can be added to a medically necessary breast reduction. This will enhance the breast aesthetics by helping to flatten the rolls on the sides of the chest and helping to sculpt a more rounded and symmetric breast shape. Cosmetic liposuction is never covered by health insurance plans.

The honor and privilege of caring for our patients come with the responsibility and dedication of our best in class, plastic surgeons, and our staff to adhere to the utmost standards of excellence in patient care and final surgery outcome. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation please feel free to contact our practice:

Upper East Side Plastic Surgery Practice
800A 5th Ave
Suite 300A
New York, NY 10065
(212) 427-3982

Los Angeles Plastic Surgery Practice
416 N Bedford Dr.
Suite 400
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(213) 319-2741