Breast Reduction Plastic Surgery Procedure Steps

Breast reduction is a body contouring cosmetic surgery procedure aimed at reducing the size and volume of breasts to make them more proportionate to the rest of the body. During the initial consultation, the surgeon will inform the patient about different facets of breast reduction, including the steps to be undertaken during the surgery.shutterstock_104296214

Patients often feel more confident when they have clear information about what the surgery procedure involves. The surgeon may also present images or testimonials of former patients to help the patient better understand the breast reduction procedure.

Board certified plastic surgeons at the Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery (ACPS) provide breast reduction to patients in Houston, Texas, TX, and surrounding locations in the prolific state of Texas.


The breast reduction surgery process commences with a detailed consultation with the surgeon. The surgeon will establish the patient’s candidacy for breast reduction plastic surgery, assess her personal cosmetic goals, and provide pre- and post-procedure care instructions. The surgeon will also conduct a general health exam, and in some cases, specialized mammograms may also be ordered.


General anesthesia is mostly used to perform a major surgery procedure like breast reduction. But in some cases, local anesthesia with IV sedation may be used. The patient will be brought into the operating room and placed under anesthesia before the procedure starts.

General anesthesia will be performed by an anesthesiologist or a registered nurse anesthetic. They will typically remain in attendance throughout the surgery to oversee how the patient responds to the anesthesia. The patient will be unconscious throughout the procedure and will have no memory of it when she wakes up.

Incision Placement

Surgeons usually perform the breast reduction surgery using one of these three incisions: an anchor shaped incision, a vertical incision, or a scar-less incision. The anchor incision is made around the lower half of the areola border, going vertically down the breast, and then horizontally across the breast crease.

The surgeon will place the vertical incision around the lower half of the areola, and proceed vertically down the breast to reduce scarring. A scar-less incision involves minute incisions made in discreet areas through which fat tissue can be removed using liposuction.

Reduction of Fat and Skin

The surgeon will remove loose skin and excess fat tissue from the lower part of the breasts through these incisions. In case the patient only has fatty tissue in the breasts, and no glandular tissue, it can be removed more conveniently using liposuction. This will significantly decrease tissue trauma, and allow for a faster recovery with minimal scarring.

Nipples Repositioning

The surgeon may reposition the nipples to an elevated level in some cases to create a more natural appearance of the breasts. The nipple will be detached from the breast and grafted to a more appropriate and youthful location. After the surgery is over, the surgeon will carefully close the incisions with removable or dissolvable sutures.

Dedicated and dignified cosmetic surgeons at ACPS receive patients from Houston, Texas, TX, and nearby areas in the fantastic Lone State State for breast reduction surgery.

For more information about The Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery (ACPS) physicians and the cosmetic surgery treatments and procedures they perform please click here or call us at 713.799.9999. We have offices in and around Houston, Texas.

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