Greater Washington Plastic Surgery Associates | Vineet Mehan, MD, | Earl M. Johnson, Jr., MD,

Breast Reduction

breast reduction fairfax, vaWhat is a breast reduction?

Breast reduction or reduction mammoplasty, is a procedure performed for women with large, pendulous breasts. Most commonly patients complain of back and neck pain, skin irritation under the breasts, and bra strap grooving on the shoulders. There are also patients who are unhappy with the cosmetic appearance of their breasts. Large breasts make the body disproportionate and can cause problems with daily activities such as exercise, work, social interaction, or clothes selection.

Breast Reduction Procedure

The procedure involves removing glandular tissue and skin from the breasts making them smaller, lighter, and firmer. The procedure usually takes three to four hours depending on the extent of surgery needed. Very large reductions may require a one-night stay in the hospital. Patients are up and able to move the day after surgery, but the tenderness in the breast area lasts for a couple of weeks. Most patients will return to work and social activities in about one to two weeks. Because of the functional problems associated with abnormally large breasts, insurance will often cover some of the costs associated with the surgery.

To learn more about the breast reduction procedure we offer the Washington, DC, Bethesda and Potomac, MD, Arlington, Fairfax, Falls Church, and Alexandria, VA areas, fill out our contact form.


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