Breast reduction is surgery to reduce the size of the breasts.
Breast reduction surgery is usually done under general anesthesia. You will be asleep and pain-free. Or, you may have local anesthesia. You will be awake and will receive medicine to numb your breast area to block pain. If you have local anesthesia, you will also receive medicine to relax you.
For a breast reduction, the surgeon removes some of the breast tissue and skin. Your nipples may be moved higher to reposition them for cosmetic reasons.
In the most common procedure,
The procedure can last 2 - 5 hours.
Breast reduction may be recommended if you have very large breasts (macromastia) and:
Some women may benefit from non-surgical treatments, such as:
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