Breast reduction surgery removes some of the tissue and skin from the breasts. This reshapes and lifts the breasts and reduces their size. It can also make the areola (the coloured area around the nipple) smaller.
To remove tissue and skin from the breast, the surgeon first makes one or more cuts in the breast. After the excess tissue and skin have been removed, the skin is closed with stitches. Sometimes the nipple and areola need to be removed and repositioned.
Current as of: October 31, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff Medical Review: Sarah A. Marshall, MD - Family Medicine Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine Douglas A. Stewart, MD, FRCPC - Medical Oncology Keith Alan Denkler, MD - Plastic Surgery
Medical Review:Sarah A. Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Douglas A. Stewart, MD, FRCPC - Medical Oncology & Keith Alan Denkler, MD - Plastic Surgery