What is a Breast Reduction?

Breast Reduction Plastic Surgery

Breast Reduction Before and After Photos | Houston Plastic SurgeryReduction mammaplasty, popularly known as breast reduction, is a cosmetic surgery procedure designed to reduce the size and volume of breasts to make them more proportionate with the rest of the body.

While the procedure is primarily performed for aesthetic reasons, it can also address back, neck and shoulder pain and other medical problems for some patients.

Breast reduction is sometimes combined with breast lift or tummy tuck, or may be a part of a mommy makeover surgery. Stellar, judicious, and board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak provides breast reduction to patients in Houston, Texas and surrounding locations across the horizon.

Appropriate Candidates

Women seeking breast reduction should get in touch with a breast surgeon who will evaluate their health condition, breast anatomy and personal aesthetic goals before recommending breast reduction surgery. A suitable candidate would typically have one or more of the following attributes:

  • The patient is dissatisfied with the cosmetic appearance of oversized breasts.
  • Her physical activities are restrained because of the hindrance caused by excessively large breasts.
  • She experiences frequent pain or discomfort in the back, neck and shoulders.
  • Breast skin is stretched, causing the areolas to enlarge.


Breast reduction plastic surgery procedure may be performed with the patient under local anesthesia and IV sedation or general anesthesia. The surgeon will begin the procedure by creating incisions at discreet locations that have been decided in advance as per the patient’s preferences. Through the incisions, the surgeon will remove excess glandular tissue, fat and skin.

Sometimes, breast reduction may be combined with liposuction, if the patient also has excess fatty tissue in the breasts. Incisions may be made encircling the areola, keyhole shaped, vertical, or anchor shaped, depending on the surgical technique. Underlying breast tissue is reduced and shaped through the incision. Areola size may be reduced and the nipples may also be repositioned to a more youthful location.

Once the overall breast volume and size has been reduced, the surgeon will suture the breast tissue deep inside to provide support to the new shape of breasts. Incisions will be finally closed with sutures or skin adhesive. Incision lines will gradually fade over a period of time.


In the first week, the patient may experience some soreness and pain in the incision sites, which can be managed with prescription pain meds. Most patients will be able to resume their normal routine in about 10 to 14 days after breast reduction surgery. A compression garment or a surgical bra may have to be worn for several weeks to allow the breasts to firm up in their new shape.


Breast reduction results are visible immediately after the procedure. However, the final outcome can be seen only over the next several months as the bruising and swelling resolves completely and the incision lines become thinner. Results of breast reduction are long lasting, as long as the patient keeps her body weight under check.

Profound and innovative female cosmetic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak receives patients from Houston, Texas and other towns and cities in this part of the country in the amazing state of Texas for breast reduction surgery.

For more information on procedures and treatments provided by board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak please call us to schedule a consultation at 713.322.7265 or click here. Offices in Houston, Texas.