Breast Reduction

Breast reduction surgery with minimal downtime in Nashville & Memphis

What is a Breast Reduction?

A breast reduction (also called reduction mammaplasty) is a surgical procedure to reduce breast volume. If you experience any discomfort or unhappiness from excessively large breasts, a breast reduction may be exactly what you’re looking for. Some women seek a breast reduction for more than aesthetic reasons. Breasts that are too large and heavy may cause pain and shoulder strain, or even cause a “widow’s hump” from the effects on your posture. Please also see Male Breast Reduction.

Breast reductions and other types of breast surgery are available at our cosmetic surgery centers in Nashville and Memphis. Each of our board-certified plastic surgeons has over 25 years of experience with breast reductions, lifts, augmentations, and more. Whether you are looking for a breast reduction or another breast procedure, we encourage you to meet with our plastic surgeon to discuss your options.


Each patient is unique. Our plastic surgeon will meet with you in a consultation to develop a personalized treatment plan.


Frequently Asked Questions

A breast reduction is designed to be permanent, so it is important to weigh all options before you have the procedure. However, breast volume can and does change during pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding, so if you are considering having children after your breast reduction, you should be aware that your breast size will temporarily increase again, and then drop back to the size it was after your reduction. Men can also have breast reductions. Learn more about male breast reductions.

A breast reduction is a surgical procedure that requires an investment of both time and money. Most women who undergo a breast reduction are highly satisfied with their procedure. This is also true for men who undergo a male breast reduction. But there are also potential downsides to consider, such as the recovery time and the question of how it might impact breastfeeding in the future. Read more about whether a breast reduction is worth it.

While a breast reduction procedure can be performed at any age, we consider it best to wait until the breasts are fully developed to ensure the best results. We therefore only perform breast reductions on patients who are at least 18 years of age.

Broadly, you can expect to go down one or two cups sizes after your breast reduction. In your consultation with a plastic surgeon, you will have an opportunity to describe your aesthetic goals so that we can help you discuss with you which results you can realistically expect.

This is a valid question, and much writing has been dedicated to the topic. It has also evolved over time. Today’s surgery techniques are designed to preserve lactation functions, so that breastfeeding is likely not affected after a reduction. However, if you are planning to breastfeed, you should discuss this with your plastic surgeon. Learn more about breastfeeding after a breast reduction.

The  impact of a pregnancy on breast or any kind of other plastic surgery is hard to predict, but most women remain satisfied with their breast reduction results after childbirth. You can expect your breasts to increase in volume during pregnancy, but they will go back down in size after you’ve given birth. Most women lose volume after childbirth and breastfeeding. This is something to consider when planning the size of your breasts after reduction – if you go too low, you might become smaller than expected after childbirth.

Breast reductions are covered by insurance in some cases where the weight of a woman’s breasts cause physical impairments like back pain. However, many plastic surgeons do not accept insurance. You may instead opt for an interest-free payment plan form a medical financing provider.

A breast reduction does not require general anesthesia and is typically performed under IV sedation and a local anesthetic. You are able to go home the same day after your procedure, which typically lasts 2-3 hours. Most women are able to return to work or their regular activities 4-5 days after the surgery. Strenuous exercise and heavy lifting should are avoided for up to 4 weeks depending on your surgeon’s instructions. You will be sent home with a compression or surgical bra that should be worn 24 hours a day for up to 6 weeks. Learn all about breast reduction recovery.


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