Breast Reduction


Heavy breasts can lead to physical discomfort, a variety of medical problems, shoulder indentations due to tight bra straps, and extreme self-consciousness.



Incisions outline the area of skin, breast tissue, and fat to be removed and the new position for the nipple.



Skin formerly located above the nipple is brought down and together to reshape the breast. Sutures close the incisions, giving the breast its new contour.



Scars around the areola, below it, and in the crease under the breast are permanent, but can be easily concealed by clothing.

Reduction Mammaplasty

If you have physical or emotional problems caused by your large breast size, a breast reduction can help. Through breast reduction, , patients are able to realize breasts that are more manageable in size and more proportional in appearance.

After surgery, patients have decreased back and neck pain and the skin is less susceptible to infection.

What to Expect During a Breast Reduction

What is it?

Procedure that removes breast tissue to decrease the size of breasts that are large and causing discomfort.



Surgery time:

2-4 hours

Recovery time:

1-2 weeks

How a Breast Reduction Works

Most breast reduction procedures are performed with a general anesthetic. This form of anesthetic will improve comfort and help you to sleep through the surgery.

The incisions that Dr. Alfaro makes for a breast reduction closely mirror the incisions used for a breast lift. Dr. Alfaro may use an inverted T incision, which extends across the breast crease and up to the nipple areola. Dr. Alfaro may also make an incision around the nipple areola.

After performing the incisions, Dr. Alfaro removes breast tissue and skin, often using liposuction. The breast is meanwhile reshaped and lifted for a youthful appearance.

Dr. Alfaro will close the incisions with sutures and apply gauze and tape. A surgical bra will support your new breast shape.

Following your breast reduction in Tucson, you will need a ride from the hospital. It's recommended that you arrange help around the home, as your activity will need to be limited for several days. Though you will need to take it easy, Dr. Alfaro may ask you to begin walking some on the second day after surgery.

Any swelling you experience will dissipate over the next couple of weeks. If you happen to experience any discomfort, Dr. Alfaro may prescribe medication to help you manage it. It can take up to a year for the scarring from your breast reduction to smooth out and to fade. After that time, however, you will experience the full benefits of your breast reduction. With smaller, better proportioned breasts, you'll feel more comfortable and your clothes will fit better.

Breast Reduction FAQ

What is breast reduction?

Also known as reduction mammaplasty, breast reduction surgery removes excess breast fat, glandular tissue and skin to achieve a breast size in proportion with your body and to alleviate the discomfort associated with overly large breasts.

Why undergo breast reduction?

The weight of excess breast tissue can impair your ability to lead an active life. The emotional discomfort and self-consciousness often associated with having large breasts is as important an issue to many women as the physical discomfort and pain.

What problems can breast reduction address?

Breast reduction can resolve problems such as: feeling that your breasts are too large, breasts limiting your physical activity, back, neck and shoulder pain, indentations from bra straps, skin irritation beneath the breasts, low-hanging breasts with stretched skin, nipples resting below the breast crease, and enlarged areolas caused by stretched skin.

What should I expect during recovery from breast reduction?

When your breast reduction procedure is complete, dressings or bandages will be applied to the incisions. An elastic bandage or support bra may be worn to minimize swelling and support the breasts as they heal. A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect.

What are the risks of breast reduction?

The risks of breast reduction include scarring, infection, changes in sensation, anesthesia risks, hematoma, blood clots, poor healing, contour irregularities, discoloration, swelling, bruising, damage to deeper structures, breast asymmetry, fluid accumulation, excessive breast firmness, disruption with breastfeeding, potential loss of skin/tissue, loss of nipple and areola, deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications, pain, allergies to materials, fat necrosis, and need for revision surgery.

Scheduling Your Breast Reduction in Tucson

You can learn more about breast reduction in Tucson by calling our office today at (520) 323-9720 to set up your consultation. If you have questions, you can also email Dr. Alfaro's office using the online contact form.