Breast Reduction

Breast Reduction

Breast Reduction

Breast reductions, also called mammaplasties, can be used for a wide variety of reasons. The main goal of the surgery is to reduce the total volume of the breast by removing excess skin, fat, and other tissues. Some women choose breast reduction surgery to help balance the appearance of their breasts, and some women can suffer from serious health conditions as a result of large breasts. Regardless of your need for a breast reduction, Dr. Alan Matarasso has the experience and cutting-edge technology to give you the procedure and outcome that you want.

Why Consider Breast Reduction

Women who have large or uneven breasts have a wide variety of reasons that they would or should consider a breast reduction surgery. Some of these include:

  • Chronic pain in the neck, shoulders, or back that often requires pain medications or other therapies to help get through your daily routine.

  • A chronic rash or other skin condition that develops underneath the breasts as a result of their size and the inability for the skin to properly dry or breathe.

  • Issues that limit your ability to conduct your daily activities.

  • Difficulties with your self-image or depression that stems from your self-image as it relates to your breasts.

  • You have a hard time purchasing clothes and bras unless they are from specialty stores.

While these are all valid reasons to consider breast reduction surgery, there are also a few factors that you should consider that may eliminate breast reduction as a possibility. Smoking may not completely eliminate you from being able to complete the procedure, but patients who smoke have a higher rate of issues in recovery. Talk to our staff if you smoke so we can work with you to develop an appropriate plan for surgery.

Diabetes and other heart conditions should also be noted when you come in for a consultation. These issues can create additional risks to your health during operation. It is important that the staff be fully aware of any issues so that we can work with you to create the best possible outcome.

There are some other potential issues stemming from pregnancy. If you have not had children yet, or plan to have more, you may want to wait. Breast reduction surgery can have an impact on your ability to breastfeed your children. While there are techniques to help preserve your ability to breastfeed, there are some risks.

If you are overweight but planning to lose weight, you may also want to consider holding off before a breast reduction surgery. Some women find that weight loss alone was enough to reduce their breast size, so they are comfortable. Other patients have wished they waited to they could have more accurately determined how much volume they wanted to remove.

The Procedure

Specific techniques can vary for each patient, but the surgery is generally performed under general anesthesia, meaning that you will be completely asleep for the duration of the surgery. The surgery usually begins by making an incision around the areola and down each breast. The excess tissue is then removed through this incision.

The nipple and areola may need to have their position adjusted to account for significant changes in breast size. During the procedure, Dr. Matarasso will pay specific attention to ensure that each of the breasts appears equal in size, volume, and position. Once the surgery is complete, the area is sutured, and you begin to recover.


Breast reduction surgeries can be a great option to help improve your self-image and correct a number of potential health concerns. If you are considering a breast reduction surgery, contact Dr. Alan Matarasso today to schedule your consultation.

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