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Breast Reduction


Many women rely on cosmetic enhancement to enlarge their breasts; but for a woman whose bustline is naturally oversized, the weight of excessively large breasts can lead to a number of regrettable problems. If you can identify with this, it’s likely that you experience one or more of the following:

  • Back and neck pain
  • Skin irritation/bra strap indentation
  • Skeletal deformities
  • Breathing problems

Additionally, abnormally large breasts can lead to embarrassment and emotional distress. Self-conscious women and girls may refrain from exercise; and consequently, unhealthy weight gain may result.


Fortunately, there is a surgical solution. Breast reduction (reduction mammaplasty) can remove the unwanted fat, glandular tissue, and hanging skin that causes undue discomfort. Dr. Taylor has helped countless patients attain smaller, lighter, and firmer breast volume with breast reduction surgery. Other benefits of this procedure include:

  • Reduced areola (dark skin surrounding the nipple)
  • Rounder, more attractive breasts shape (for those whose previous breast shape was pendulous)
  • Improved proportion to the rest of the body


Breast Reduction Procedure

At Dr. Taylor’s practice, breast reduction surgery is performed in the following manner:

  • An anchor-shaped incision is created circling the areola, extending downward, and following the natural curve of the crease.
  • Excess glandular tissue, fat, and skin are removed, and the nipple and areola are moved
    into their new position.
  • Breast skin is redraped from both sides of the breast down and around the areola, shaping the new contour of the breast.

Normally, stitches are located around the areola in a vertical line extending downward. If scars are a concern, inquire about techniques that can occasionally be used to reduce their risk; or, in rare cases, reducing the breasts with liposuction alone for minimal scarring.

When can I have breast reduction surgery?

Typically, breast reduction isn’t performed until the breasts are fully developed. However, there are exceptions; for example, some teen girls may undergo the procedure if a physician determines they are undergoing physical or emotional discomfort that is severe enough to warrant it.

Ideally, the best candidates are those who are mature enough to fully comprehend the procedure and have realistic expectations regarding the likely results. Additionally, women who intend to breastfeed should postpone breast reduction until they have completed childbearing and nursing.

To address your personal options for breast reduction, request a consultation appointment with Dr. Taylor. He will be glad to answer your questions.

Thomas S. Taylor, MD, FACS

The Aesthetic Society American Society of Plastic Surgery Fellow American College of Surgeons American Board of Plastic Surgery ABMS MOC American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery

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