What is Breast Reduction?

Many women approach us to address the shape, size and feel of their breasts. Women with larger breasts may find they experience discomfort, including pain, rashes, and the inability to lead a more active life. Once Dr. Ridgway has had a chance to understand how the size and shape of your breasts may be making you feel in relation to the important aspects of your life, she may recommend a breast reduction. 

Through breast reduction, also known as reduction mammaplasty, we remove excess breast fat, glandular tissue and skin, crafting a breast size more in proportion with your figure. During the procedure we will sometimes lift the nipple position and even reduce the size of the areola if that fits with the results you want.

Breast reduction is a good option for you if you:

  • Are physically healthy
  • Have realistic expectations
  • Don't smoke
  • Are bothered by feeling that your breasts are too large
  • Have breasts that limit your physical activity
  • Experience back, neck, and shoulder pain caused by the weight of your breasts
  • Have shoulder indentations from bra straps
  • Have skin irritation beneath the breast crease

Dr. Ridgway can work with you to help determine the size that would be both most proportionate with you figure and fit your lifestyle, whether you are looking for adramatic change or more subtle change. Based upon your goals, Dr. Ridgway will recommend different types of procedures, including liposuction breast reduction, or a combination of procedures, such as a tummy tuck or liposuction that may help you achieve your greater goals.  




3-4 hours (depending on extent of procedure)




Usually Outpatient


Back at work in 1-2 weeks
Resume light exercise at 2 weeks
Resume strenuous activity at 6 weeks
8-12 weeks for swelling to resolve


Breast reduction can provide relief from back, shoulder and neck pain and offer a new-found freedom to enjoy a wider range of physical activities.
— Dr. Emily Ridgway