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Reduction FAQ

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.

How long does breast reduction surgery take?

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Patients must be nicotine free for 6 weeks prior to surgery and remain nicotine-free for 6 weeks post-surgery!