What is Breast Reduction Plastic Surgery?

breast augmentation, plastic surgery, cosmetic surgery
The procedure is usually performed for aesthetic purposes to make the breasts look more attractive, but may also be performed for medical reasons to provide relief to the patient from the problems associated with excessively large breasts.
At the time of pre-op consultation, the surgeon will determine the patient’s candidacy for breast reduction, and will help her make the right decision. Salient, judicious, and board certified plastic surgeons at the Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery (ACPS) provide breast reduction surgery to patients in Houston, Texas, TX, and surrounding communities and cities in this area of the state.

Problems with Oversized Breasts

Oversized breasts can disrupt the overall body symmetry and proportion. Furthermore, they may cause obstructions in various activities such as sports or certain types of movements or bending. Patients may find it difficult to wear certain types of clothing, and may become conscious about their appearance in a social setting.
Excessively large breasts may also cause frequent pain in the back, neck and shoulders. Irritation or rashes may occur within the heavy breast fold or crease. If the patient is unable to improve the breast size through diet and exercise, she may benefit from breast reduction plastic surgery.

Suitable Candidates

The surgeons at ACPS will assess the patient’s general health condition, breast anatomy and aesthetic goals before recommending breast reduction. The following attributes typically make a good candidate for breast reduction:

  • The patient is unhappy with the excessively large size of her breasts.
  • Physical activity is curtailed due to breast size.
  • Pain in the neck, shoulders, and back is a frequent occurrence due to oversized breasts.
  • Breasts appear low hanging and pendulous, causing the skin to stretch and resulting in indentations from bra straps.
  • The areolas are enlarged due to stretched skin.


Breast reduction procedure is usually performed with the patient under general anesthesia or IV sedation. The surgeon will create the incisions in pre-determined locations in an inconspicuous manner. Excess fat, tissue, and skin will be removed through the incisions surgically. In some cases, the surgeon may combine liposuction with breast reduction surgery to reduce fatty breast tissue.
The incision may be made in a circular manner around the areola, or in a keyhole pattern. In some cases, the surgeon may recommend a vertical incision or an anchor shaped incision. Through the incision the underlying breast tissue will be reduced, shaped and lifted. The surgeon will also reposition the nipples and reduce the size of the areolas by excising skin at the perimeter.
Once the breast size has been reduced, the incisions are brought together to reshape the breasts. The surgeon will place the sutures deep inside the breast tissue to support the newly shaped breasts. They will then close the incisions with surgical tape, skin adhesives or sutures.
Judicious and sensational cosmetic surgeons at the ACPS receive patients from Houston, Texas, TX, and other suburbs and neighborhoods in this part of the country for breast reduction surgery.
For more information about The Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery (ACPS) physicians and the cosmetic surgery treatments and procedures they perform please click here or call us at 713.799.9999. We have offices in and around Houston, Texas.