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Breast Reduction Facts

Medical Name:
Reduction Mammaplasty
Common Name:
Breast Reduction
Estimated Cost:
$5,000 to $10,000
Type of Anesthesia:
General
Length of Procedure: 2-6 hours
Down Time: 2-3 weeks
Recovery Time: 3-6 weeks: Breast reduction results emerge as the swelling goes down. Entire recovery and final results is 6 months to a year.
Discomfort Level: Mild to severe
Procedure Location: Hospital
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What is Breast Reduction?

Breast reduction involves removing excess skin and underlying breast tissue in order to reduce its size and reshapes the contour. Women wanting breast reduction have breasts that are disproportionately large and sagging. Reasons why women choose to undergo this procedure are to reduce certain medical problems associated with having excessively large breasts such as back, neck or shoulder pain. Other medical problems can include breathing difficulty, backache and other forms of physical discomfort related to having excessively large breasts. During the procedure, excess breast tissue and skin is removed. The areola may be reduced and repositioned also. What results from breast reduction surgery are breasts that are smaller, firmer and more proportional to the rest of the body.

Breast reduction can be done to help alleviate certain medical conditions, but it can also be done for aesthetic reasons. This includes balancing a difference in breast size as well as help women who are self-conscious about their appearance. Most women that undergo breast reduction surgery find that their body looks better proportioned, their clothes fit better, and they experience a boost in their self-confidence.

Take some time to look through the Essential Facts of breast reduction. These essential facts are presented to answer some of the more frequently asked questions on the procedure. Our “Research” section also provides a more detailed explanation about what is involved in the procedure. However if you desire more detailed information to help you make a well-informed decision about undergoing surgery, then please consult with a cosmetic surgeon.

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