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Breast Reduction Surgery

Reduction Mamoplasty, also referred to as breast reduction, is a procedure to remove fat, glandular tissue and skin from the breasts, creating smaller, lighter and firmer breasts. The end result yields better shaped breasts in proportion with a woman's body, allowing for more comfort and a better clothing fit.

We have found that our breast reduction patients are among our happiest patients. The procedure often relieves symptoms of back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain and bra strap shoulder grooving.


This procedure is generally performed on an outpatient basis and usually requires two to four hours to complete. Breast reduction is most commonly performed under general anesthesia.  Dr. Hess and Dr. Sandeen utilize board certified anesthesiologists for your safety and comfort.

The average Breast Reduction Cost is a very common question we field for our patients. Everyone's situation is different and in order for us to provide the absolute best and most accurate information we truly need to meet with you in a consultation setting so we can determine what the best course of action will be for you. Only then can we provide you with Breast Reduction Cost. That being said, Breast reduction surgery may be covered by your insurance if you are experiencing neck pain, back pain, shoulder strap grooving, rashes underneath the breasts or headaches. Most insurance companies require that a certain amount of breast tissue be removed to qualify the surgery as medically indicated rather than as strictly cosmetic.

While we strive to minimize complications and maximize patient satisfaction, we would be remiss if we did not remind you that as with any surgery, there may be side effects and there are risks. These will be covered more fully during your consultation.

For further information on reduction mamoplasty, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Richard Hess or Dr. Sven Sandeen, please contact us at 520-297-3300 or by e-mail.

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What might breast reduction do for me?

Removal of breast tissue and skin from the breasts makes them smaller, lighter and firmer. Women whose breasts are large causing neck pain, back pain, shoulder grooving; rashes under the breast or who feel uncomfortable or self-conscious will benefit from this procedure.

What will my recovery be like?

Following breast reduction surgery your breasts will feel uncomfortable anywhere from two to seven days. You will wear a gauze wrap for 3 days and gauze bandages for one to two weeks.

Will I have restrictions after the procedure?

You should avoid strenuous activity for about two weeks following breast reduction surgery.

What type of anesthesia is used?

In Tucson, Arizona general anesthesia (asleep) is used most commonly. This will be performed by a board certified anesthesiologist for your safety and comfort.
Patients must be nicotine free for 6 weeks prior to surgery and remain nicotine-free for 6 weeks post-surgery! Frequently Asked Questions - Breast Reduction (Reduction Mamoplasty) American Society of Plastic Surgery's Breast Reduction web page.

How long does breast reduction surgery take?

The surgery will take about 3-1/2 to 4 hours.

When will I be back to work?

You will be able to return to work in three to four days following breast reduction surgery.

Where is the surgery performed?

Our physicians perform the majority of these procedures at Northwest Hospital, Northwest Tucson Surgery Center or  Oro Valley Hospital.

Where will the scars be?

The scars will be located around the areola (which can be made smaller) vertically down to the breast crease. All scars are hidden in a bra or bathing suit.

What are the risks?

While complications are rare, The risks include infection, bleeding and scarring, as with all surgical procedures. Delayed healing (some skin may require additional dressings until healed and numbing or delayed healing of the nipple area are specific to this procedure.