Breast Reduction in New York City
with Dr. Shridharani

What is a breast reduction?

Breast reduction surgery is a plastic surgery procedure commonly performed to decrease breast size in women who are having signs and symptoms consistent with excessively large breast (macromastia/gigantomastia).

What are common signs and symptoms associate with having excessively large breasts?

Many women with macromastia/large breasts (including pubescent/adolescent women) have neck pain, back pain, shoulder strap grooving (indentations in shoulders from bra straps), poor posture, rashes beneath the breast, and decreased sensation to their nipples due to the excess weight.

In addition, the presence of excessively large breasts can take an emotional toll on young and older women. This often leads to issues with self-esteem, depression, and social withdrawal.

How commonly performed is a breast reduction in the United States?

Over 50,000 patients per year undergo breast reduction surgery in the United States making the breast reduction surgery one of the most common cosmetic surgery procedures performed.

What type of scar will I have with a breast reduction surgery?

There are multiple incisions and surgical approaches that can be performed to get you the desired aesthetic result. Many times, a breast reduction requires raising the nipple to the appropriate position. Therefore, there is an incision made around the areola (colored tissue around the nipple). Next, there is often a vertical component to the incision. Finally, there is often need for an incision that goes across the bottom of the breast but is generally well hidden in the inframammary crease (area where the chest and breast meet). Many modifications of these approaches exist to reduce breast size. During your consultation with Dr. Shridharani, he will discuss all of them with you.

Are drains needed after my breast reduction?

NO! There is much evidence to support that the use of drains in breast reduction surgery is unnecessary. Dr. Shridharani prides himself on being up to date with the latest techniques and has comprehensively reviewed plastic surgery literature to optimize his patients’ care. Though many surgeons place drains in their patients undergoing breast reduction surgery (and then many surgeons place their patients on antibiotics while the drains are in), this is OFTEN unnecessary. These drains are known to be painful and uncomfortable.

Can I go home right after my procedure?

Yes. Occasionally, overnight monitoring is necessary after a patient undergoes a breast reduction. For the most part, you can go home and recover safely while our team checks on you and you return for your post-operative follow-up appointments.

Can I still breast feed after undergoing a breast reduction surgery?

Many women who undergo a breast reduction are still able to breast feed. From several well-documented studies, we know that many women who do not even undergo breast surgery often cannot breast feed. The only time someone absolutely cannot breast feed is if the nipple is completely removed and then placed back on the breast due to the excessive size of the breasts. This is rarely required, and the doctor will discuss this well before your procedure.

Can a teenager have a breast reduction?

Teens are a common population that request breast reduction surgery. Typically this patient population is very healthy, so patients recover from surgery quicker. A breast reduction is a very safe and effective procedure for teens who suffer from macromastia/gigantomasia/excessively large breasts. Often these women feel like they are greatly hindered by the large size of their breasts. These women feel their breasts interfere with playing sports and exercising. Due to the extra physical exertion and stress on their bodies, they can have neck and back pain at a much younger age. Teens who proceed with breast reduction are fortunate to have an operation that will change their lives in such a positive way! A breast reduction by Dr. Shridharani at Luxurgery is a very satisfying procedure for the youthful and aging population.

How long will the results from my breast reduction last?

The results of breast reduction surgery by Dr. Shridharani will be long-lasting. Your smaller breast size should help relieve you from the pain and physical limitations experienced prior to breast reduction. Many women find they have a better-proportioned figure. A breast reduction will likely enhance your self-image and boost your self-confidence. However, over time your breasts can change due to aging, weight fluctuations, hormonal factors and gravity.

Can I exercise after undergoing a breast reduction with Dr. Shridharani?

We ask that you do not exercise for four to six weeks after your procedure. Very light cardio can be resumed a few weeks after your breast reduction surgery, but full activity and weight training should not be restarted until 6 weeks. This can vary on a patient-by-patient basis.

Can I have my breasts liposuctioned as a way to reduce their size?

You can if you have the right type of breast density, size, and skin quality. Liposuction is designed to remove fat from areas of the body. Many women and men have breast/chest fullness from a combination of breast glandular tissue and fat. In the right circumstances, one can have breast liposuction to reduce the size of the breast.

Ready to get started?

Ready to learn more about breast reduction surgery and find out if you are a good candidate? Call (212) 508-0000 to schedule a consultation with board certified NYC Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Shridharani.

Breast Reduction FAQ’s

Q: Do you test my breast tissue for Breast Cancer?
Absolutely. Anytime any breast tissue is removed, Dr. Shridharani sends the tissue to the pathologist to review and confirm there are no cells present suspicious for breast cancer.
Q: Will insurance cover my breast reduction?
Medical insurance coverage varies depending the patient, surgery, and on the coverage provider. Many insurance companies will cover a breast reduction after other attempts to relieve back pain have not been successful, such as going to a chiropractor. We are happy to discuss medical insurance coverage during your consultation.
Q: Where do you generally perform the procedure, and would I have to spend the night?

My patients have the ability to have their procedures performed at my office or at area hospitals and “surgicenters” in New York City. My operating room and facility have certification and accreditation by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF). Our team provides patients with the option of having their procedure performed in the safety, convenience, and comfort of our office/facility.