What is a Breast Reduction?

Breast Reduction Surgery (also known as reduction mammoplasty) is a procedure to remove fat, glandular tissue and skin from the breast and reshape them into smaller, lighter, firmer breasts. Breast reductions are performed by Dr. McDonald for both the relief of various medical symptoms and / or for enhancement of cosmetic appearance.


Who is a Candidate for Breast Reduction?

Women who suffer from large, pendulous breasts and may experience multiple difficulties including: neck pain, back pain, bra straps cutting into their shoulders, and skin irritations under their breasts are candidates for breast reduction surgery.   Men experiencing Gynecomastia may also get a breast reduction. Some patients may not experience discomfort but simply desire smaller breasts for aesthetics and ease of fitting into clothes better.


About the Surgery

Breast Reduction Surgery is typically a 3-4 hour surgery done in a hospital or outpatient surgery center. Dr. McDonald will make a cut around your nipple then downward on the breast in the form of a keyhole. He will remove extra skin tissue and fat from your breasts and reposition your nipple. Dr. McDonald can also reduce the size of the areola (the darker skin around the nipple).  However nipple reduction is not always recommended for women who still want to breast-feed since the Breast Reduction Surgery may remove many of the milk ducts leading to the nipples.



Most patients go home the day of the surgery. It’s suggested for patients undergoing breast reduction surgery to take at least one week off from work or school. Patients should anticipate not driving for a week. There will be follow-up visits after the surgery – typically the next day, 1 week and at 2 weeks to remove sutures. The schedule varies by patient and procedure. Physical activity is limited for a month with no running or impact activity for 3 months.


What is the Cost of Breast Reduction Surgery?

Breast reduction costs between $4,500 – $7,000 depending on the facility chosen by the patient.  In some cases, insurance may cover part of the cost for breast reduction surgery (mammoplasty) if the size of the breasts are the cause of health problems. Check with your insurance company to ensure that breast reduction surgery is a covered benefit and that Dr. McDonald is in network.