Large, heavy breasts can cause constant back, neck, and shoulder pain. The primary reason women seek out breast reduction surgery is to enjoy a more active lifestyle. This surgery also enhances appearance immensely, improving overall body image.


About Breast Reduction Surgery

Breast reduction surgery reduces and reshapes large breasts by removing excess fat. This procedure generally falls into two categories:

Traditional Breast Reduction (Anchor Incision)

The most common procedure involves making anchor-shaped incisions that circle the areola and extend downward, following the natural curve of the breast. Excess glandular tissue, fat, and skin are removed. The nipple and areola are then moved to their new position. Skin is shaped around the areola to give the breasts a new, uplifted contour.

In most cases, the nipples remain attached to their blood vessels and nerves. However, if the breasts are very large or hang loosely, the nipples and areolas may be removed entirely and grafted into a higher position.

Periareolar Method

If you don’t have a large amount of excess skin, this technique has the advantage of hiding scars. However, it tends to flatten the breast shape to some degree.

In general, the more skin cut, the more it is possible to shape the breast. There is a trade-off between the extent of the scars and the extent of the shaping of the breast.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Although breast surgery differs according to each women’s unique needs and which type of surgery she chooses, here are some general guidelines:

Is It Painful?

Your breasts will probably be sore for two or three days after the procedure. The pain is usually its worst within the first 48 hours but improves with each day. We’ll give you pain medication if you’re sensitive to pain.

What Is the Recovery Period Like?

The gauze dressing will be removed after a couple of days to a week. You’ll wear a surgical bra for several weeks. Your stitches will then be removed about one week after the surgery (if there are any to remove). Your breasts will be bruised, and you may experience temporary numbness around the nipples, as well as random shooting pains. These conditions generally subside within several weeks.

How Long is the Downtime?

You need to limit your activities and movement to prevent breaking the stitches and stretching the scars for the first few days. Most women can return to work after two weeks (sometimes sooner). Avoid overhead lifting and strenuous movements for several weeks.


The average cost of a breast lift is $4,693, according to 2019 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. This average cost is only part of the total price – it does not include anesthesia, operating room facilities or other related expenses. Consult with us to determine your final fee.

Is Breast Reduction Surgery Covered By Insurance?

Insurance coverage is sometimes available. Many factors will determine your eligibility, including the specific terms of your insurance policy and the amount of breast tissue to be removed. A letter of predetermination may be required by your insurance company prior to surgery.


Real Patients, Real Results

This testimonial comes from a patient who had a breast reduction surgery with Dr. James Chappell.

Dear Dr. Chappell,

I want to thank you for changing my life. I am so very happy with my breast reduction. My only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner. Yes, I was uncomfortable, anxious and apprehensive, but it was worth it. You and your staff were very supportive, kind and encouraging.

I am amazed that my incision is barely visible after only twelve weeks.

I have to laugh when people say, “you look different, have you lost weight, cut your hair or changed your makeup?” Thanks again for being the best surgeon a patient could ever want.

10 Best Things About Having Normal Size Breasts:

  1. Fewer backaches or shoulder pain
  2. No more embarrassing rashes under your breasts
  3. Exercise with more comfort
  4. Avoiding unwanted attention
  5. Easier to buy more stylish lingerie
  6. Greater comfort when sleeping
  7. Spend less money on bras
  8. Having a bra with two hooks, not eight
  9. Purchasing an inexpensive bra at a discount store
  10. Wearing a sheer blouse or halter top dress without a bra
As a first time plastic surgery recipient, i could not be happier with my results. I am a mother of 2 beautiful children who was in desperate need of a breast reduction. I made the initial consult with Dr. Chappell and i couldn't have been more pleased with my experience. His front desk staff were very courteous and professional, while accommodating to my schedule. The office was very welcoming and extremely clean! Dr. Chappell was... Read more
*Disclaimer: results may vary
Allison K.