Breast Reduction and Breast Lift

Women with large, heavy breasts may experience physical discomfort and a variety of health problems caused by the excessive weight, which can have a negative impact on their well-being and quality of life.

Breast reduction (reduction mammaplasty) is a surgical procedure to reduce breast size. Surgeons remove excess fat, skin and glandular tissue from the breasts to give patients smaller breasts and physical, emotional and medical relief from the problems related to large breasts, including:

  • Back, neck and shoulder pain
  • Poor posture
  • Breathing problems
  • Skin rash under the breasts
  • Limited participation in physical activities
  • Feeling self-conscious
  • Low self-esteem
  • Difficulty fitting into certain clothing or bras

As part of Cedars-Sinai Medical Group, a trusted name in healthcare, the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Program offers comprehensive surgical procedures for breast reduction. Experts use leading-edge technology and world-class surgical techniques to give candidates the best possible outcomes.

Surgical Procedure

Breast reduction surgery usually takes two to three hours. The most common procedure involves surgical incisions around the outer edge of the areola and the natural curve of the crease under the breasts. The surgeons remove excess fat, tissue and skin, and move the nipple and areola into their new position to form the new shape of the breast.


After Surgery

Following surgery, patients are wrapped in an elastic bandage, a surgical bra and gauze dressings, which are removed two to four days after the surgery or when the bruising and swelling has subsided. Patients can expect to lose some feeling on their nipples and breast skin, but the sensation should return to normal within six weeks after the surgery. Patients may also experience various complications, including infection, bleeding and minor pain. Surgeons prescribe medication or use some other methods to ease these complications.

Contact Us

For more information about breast reduction, please contact:

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
8635 West Third St., Suite 990W
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Phone: (310) 423-5900
Fax: (310) 423-5940