What is Breast Reduction ?

Breast reduction, also known as “reduction mammaplasty,” is a surgical procedure that eliminates excess breast skin, fat, and glandular tissue to improve the shape and size of overly large breasts. This procedure decreases the volume and weight of the breasts to make them more proportionate with the rest of the body and to improve the quality of life for the patient.

This procedure, commonly requested by both men and women, has the dual benefits of improving your appearance while relieving the physical and emotional burden of overly large breasts.

How do I know if I need a Breast Reduction?

This procedure is ideal for patients who wish to alleviate the physical and emotional discomfort caused by overly large breasts. Breast reduction surgery may be right for you:

  • If your breasts are too large for your body frame and create back, shoulder or neck pain
  • If you have heavy breasts with nipples and areolas (pigmented skin surrounding the nipples) that point downward
  • If one breast is much larger than the other
  • If you are unhappy and self-conscious about the large appearance of your breasts

How can a Breast Reduction improve my life?

  • Your breasts will be in better proportion with your body and will feel firmer which improves the confidence of patients. After breast reduction surgery, patients are generally no longer self-conscious about the size of their breasts and experience a boost in confidence.
  • Surgery will alleviate neck, back, and shoulder pain and make it easier to breathe and exercise.
  • Your clothes will fit better and you will feel more confident about your appearance.


This procedure can be undergone at any age, but it is advised that the patient’s breasts be fully developed before considering surgery.

Your incision pattern will depend on the size of your breasts, how much your breasts sag and where your nipple-areola complex is positioned. With each technique, the areolas can be made smaller if they’re too large. Some incision patterns:

  • Micro incisions are used for breasts that are fatty (not fibrous) and not sagging. Liposuction is used to decrease breast size. Small incisions allow the liposuction cannula (tube) to enter the breast.
  • A donut incision, or peri-areolar incision, is made solely around the border of the areolas.
  • A keyhole incision, also known as a lollipop incision, is made around the border of the areolas and vertically down from the areolas to the breast crease.
  • An anchor incision, the most common technique used, involves three distinct cuts. One incision is made around the border of the areolas; the second extends down vertically from the areolas to the breast crease and merges with a third incision along the breast crease.

It will take you approximately 10 to 15 days before you can return to your normal level of activity and work. After the surgery, you will receive detailed instructions about your post-surgical care, including information about normal symptoms you will experience and your recovery process.

Dr. Aboumoussa will consult with you to determine the best method of keeping you comfortable during your breast reduction surgery. This may include intravenous sedation (assisted local anesthesia) or general anesthesia.

During your initial consultation with Dr. Aboumoussa, you will have the opportunity to discuss your cosmetic goals. He will evaluate you as a candidate for breast reduction and clarify what a breast reduction surgery can do for you. Once Dr. Joseph understands your goals, he may suggest additional or related procedures such as breast lift, liposuction, or an upper body lift.

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Dr. Joseph Aboumoussa is an experienced, highly trained plastic and reconstructive surgeon whose techniques have gained acclaim from his patients all around France, Lebanon and the Middle East.