Breast Reduction Mammaplasty

Am I a candidate for breast reduction surgery?

Women with large, disproportionate breasts who experience pain, discomfort, and embarrassment due to their breast size may be good candidates for breast reduction surgery. Ideal candidates for a breast reduction are women who are not pregnant or breastfeeding. Although the procedure is generally recommended for mature women with fully developed breasts, breast reduction surgery can be performed on younger women if their breasts are causing serious pain and physical discomfort. In these cases it is preferable that the breasts have reached their adult size and are not still growing. Dr. Epstein will not perform this type of surgery in women who are actively smoking, as the risk of post-operative complications is much higher in the smoking population, as opposed to the non-smoking population


Initially after breast reduction surgery, your breasts will be swollen, and may feel sore and bruised. You will have one drain in each breast for 24 – 72 hours, in most cases. The drain should not hurt when it is removed. You should also avoid heavy lifting and refrain from exercise and other strenuous activities for at least four weeks following the procedure. For extra support, a special soft surgical bra or athletic bra may be recommended. Most of the sutures are buried under the skin and will dissolve on their own. The remaining stitches will be removed in two weeks after the breast reduction procedure. To ensure that the breasts are healing properly, breast reduction patients should attend follow-up appointments for several months after surgery.

When can I shower after breast reduction surgery?

Many patients are concerned that limited mobility after surgery may prevent them from showering for several days. You can shower the same day, but it is advisable that you have someone nearby in the bathroom in case you feel lightheaded. If you have undergone a free nipple graft reduction procedure, then you will need to keep the gauze dressing over the nipple area dry at all times.

When can I expect to return to work and resume my normal daily activities?

Most women will be able to return to work and other normal activities about one to two weeks after undergoing a breast reduction. This is, of course, subject to the demands of your employment. Many patients can resume most of their normal activities, including some form of mild exercise, within a few weeks as well. You may continue to experience some mild, periodic discomfort during this time, but these feelings are normal.