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Breast Reduction

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Have you have always been unhappy with your big, heavy, over-sized breasts? They can be physically uncomfortable, often causing neck, shoulder, and back pain. Large breasts can also make you feel self-conscious by drawing unwanted attention. Breast reduction surgery in Albany at The Plastic Surgery Group can free you from the physical and emotional pain and help you move more freely and confidently.

Cosmetic surgery should be a rewarding experience that leaves you looking great and feeling more confident. Request a free cosmetic consultationRequest a free cosmetic consultation with one of the surgeons at The Plastic Surgery Group or call (518) 438-0505.

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surgeons at The Plastic Surgery Group,
serving the Schenectady, Saratoga Springs,
Utica, and Albany area of New York.

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Meet Our Surgeons

Meet the expertly trained Albany plastic surgeons at The Plastic Surgery Group, serving the Schenectady, Saratoga Springs, Utica, and Albany area of New York.

Learn More  Request Your Consultation 

The Procedure

At our practice in Albany, breast reduction surgery is usually performed with an anchor-shaped incision. This incision resembles the shape of a boat anchor as it traces the areola, drops down, and follows the curve below the breast. Through the incision, your plastic surgeon will remove the extra tissue, fat, and skin that have caused your breasts to be too large. Your surgeon will also reposition the nipple and areola and will shape the breasts around them, giving you a new, firmer contour. Sometimes, liposuction is used to eliminate extra fatty tissue from under the arms.

When the breasts are very large or hang extremely, both the nipples and areolas are usually repositioned through grafting.

Breast surgery can sometimes be enhanced with Liposuction of the fatty tissue on the chest and under the arms.


After your breast reduction surgery, you will experience some discomfort and pain for about 3 to 7 days, which can be controlled with prescription medication. For the first day or 2 following your surgery, you may have a drainage tube inserted to eliminate blood and fluids more effectively from the incision areas. Initially, you will need to wear an elastic bandage held in place with a surgical bra. When your bandages are removed, you will need to continue wearing the surgical bra until the swelling and bruising subside. This usually occurs within several weeks. In most cases, stitches are removed within 3 weeks after surgery.

As you heal, you will continue to feel less and less discomfort. But you may feel achy for a few weeks following your surgery. During this time, you should not do any heavy lifting or strenuous pushing. Follow the directions of your plastic surgeon regarding returning to work, exercise, and sexual activity. Remember that you will have less energy for a few weeks following your surgery and that you need to reduce your physical activity to help your body recover.

Potential Risks and Complications

After breast reduction surgery, some patients might experience a temporary infection, some bleeding or have a reaction to the type of anesthesia used during the operation. These conditions are rare and your plastic surgeon will give you detailed instructions to follow to help avoid these.

Some patients may also notice small sores in the nipple area, which can be treated with cream prescribed by your plastic surgeon.

Scarring is inevitable with breast reduction surgery, although your plastic surgeon will make every effort to conceal the scarring as much as possible. These scars will fade over time, however they will be permanent. It is very important to follow your plastic surgeon's directions pre- and post-operatively to promote optimum scar healing.

Because breast reduction surgery eliminates a good number of the ducts that produce breast milk, you may not be able to breastfeed. You may also experience some loss of sensitivity in your breasts and the nipple area.

Common Questions About Breast Reductions

Will insurance pay for my breast reduction surgery?

In some cases insurance will pay for breast reduction surgery. You should discuss this with your plastic surgeon during your consultation. You can also contact your insurance provider for more information.

How long does the surgery normally take?

Breast reduction surgery usually takes several hours to complete.

Where will the surgery take place?

Breast reduction surgery is conducted in a hospital or surgery center operating room and you will either be admitted as an outpatient or perhaps an overnight.

Will there be any loss of feeling in the breasts?

Sometimes patients experience a temporary numbness or loss of sensitivity following breast reduction surgery. In most cases this will correct itself during the healing process, although permanent sensitivity loss can occur. Ask your plastic surgeon about this during the consultation.

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