What it is

Breast reduction is a surgical process that makes one or both breasts smaller.


Breast reduction candidates may have large breasts that look out of proportion with their body; breasts of different size; large breasts that impede participation in physical activities; large breasts that create skin irritation or cause bra straps to leave marks on the shoulders; heavy breasts that sag or have downward-pointing nipples. Insurance may cover your breast reduction.


Usually general anesthetic is administered for breast reduction. Breast reduction is often done as an outpatient surgery in the surgery center or hospital. Although breast reduction can be executed using an array of surgical techniques, all breast reductions are performed by making incisions to remove excess breast tissue and skin. Nipples are repositioned in breast reduction, but the tissue beneath the nipple is moved as well to maintain sensitivity.

Dr. Wilson is able to do a limited (short) scar or vertical breast reduction on some patients.  This employs a newer technique to give women perkier breasts and avoids all the scars that are required for standard breast reductions.


Breast reduction is a safe surgery, very rarely causing complications such as severe bleeding and infections, though they can occur. There may be a change in nipple sensation after breast reduction, but it is usually temporary. Subsequent to breast reduction, most patients are capable of breast feeding. Infrequently asymmetries in the breasts may remain after breast reduction, but can be corrected with follow-up procedures.


Breast reduction recipients may require help around the house for a couple of days. After breast reduction, patients may need to sleep on their backs and should avoid lifting and bending for a few days. Breast reduction patients can return to work within one to two weeks following breast reduction. Exercise can commence within four weeks of breast reduction. Dressings applied to the breasts will be removed a couple days after breast reduction, and patients will either need to replace the dressings every day or wear a surgical bra for a few weeks. Bras with under wires should be avoided for 6 weeks after procedure. Swelling and mild pain after breast reduction will subside with time. Nipple sensation may briefly increase or decrease, but the fluctuations are rarely permanent. Breasts will be tender for several weeks after breast reduction, but sexual activity can restart a week following the surgery. Sunlight should be avoided with sunblock or covering to all incisions for one year to avoid darkened scars.