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Overview

It’s time to say goodbye to slouched shoulders, industrial-looking bras, and strained shirt buttons. Women who undergo breast reduction surgery, also called reduction mammaplasty, are often the most satisfied patients in our practice. Using the most advanced techniques, our expert physicians help relieve the discomfort of oversized breasts while also creating a more balanced body image. Breast reduction benefits include improved quality of life, decreased headaches, neck and shoulder pain — and perhaps more importantly — increased self-esteem and body confidence. 

Summary

Procedure time
2 to 5 hours
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Not typically
1 to 2 nights
Anesthetic
Anesthetic
General
Recovery time
Recovery time
Return to normal activity within 2-3 weeks

Types of Breast Reduction

Inferior Pedicle Technique

One of the most common breast reduction procedures, the inferior ("lower") pedicle breast reduction technique, involves three surgical cuts. Nipple size is reduced, and excess skin, fat, and breast tissue are removed. The nipple is then moved upward into a keyhole-shaped incision, and excess skin is removed at the bottom of the breast. Recommended for large, low-hanging breasts and those hoping to maintain breastfeeding ability and nipple sensation. This technique is sometimes referred to as an "anchor" based on the shape of the incisions and surgical scars.

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Superior Pedicle Technique

The superior ("upper") pedicle breast reduction technique is recommended for those with minor to moderately enlarged breasts. During this procedure skin and tissue are kept intact above the nipple to preserve the blood supply in that area. A circular-shaped incision is made around the nipple and a vertical incision below forming “keyhole” where skin, fat, and breast tissue can be removed. The breast is then reshaped, and the nipple is relocated higher on the breast, where skin and blood flow have been preserved.

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Liposuction-Only Breast Reduction

Liposuction-only breast reduction is a fat-removal procedure (through suction) that significantly reduces breast size and weight without the recovery time and surgical scarring associated with traditional surgery. Natural breast shape does not change during this procedure. However, decreased weight in the breasts improves tissue elasticity, often resulting in a visibly lifted, more youthful appearance. 

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Free Nipple Graft

In some cases where an unusually large amount of breast tissue or skin needs to be removed the best approach is a complete, circular cut around the nipple. This technique avoids severe scarring and irregular breast shape following extensive skin and breast tissue or fat removal. The nipple, its fully detached, and once the breast is reshaped, the nipple is repositioned higher on the breast. Because there is no blood supply or nerve connection, the free nipple graft technique is not recommended for anyone hoping to breastfeed or women who want to maintain nipple sensation during intimacy.  

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Short Scar Breast Reduction

Recognized for its reduced scarring and improved long-term appearance, a short scar breast reduction is sometimes called a "lollipop incision" because it involves a circle-shaped incision around the nipple and a straight vertical cut below the nipple down to the crease at the bottom of your breast. The breast is lifted and reshaped, and the nipple is moved up to create balance and symmetry. This technique is recommended for women with moderately large breasts. 

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Am I a

Candidate for Breast Reduction Surgery?

Do you live with chronic headaches, neck, shoulder, or back pain and the emotional weight of large breasts? The shame and self-consciousness caused by breasts that are out of proportion to your body can impact your social life, physical activity, relationships, and self-confidence. If you are a non-smoker in general good health living with any of these symptoms, then you are likely a good candidate for breast reduction surgery. 

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Consultation

Breast reduction surgical consultations are available at all Plastice Surgery Center locations. The best surgical approach for you will depend on a variety of personal and health-related factors. With this in mind, our surgeons will review your medical history and discuss your ideal surgical outcomes to make personalized surgical recommendations. Using computer-assisted photography, they can also provide sample imagery of your potential surgical results. 

Questions
about this procedure?

Breast Reduction: An Essential Guide to Surgery and Recovery

What to Expect

Our expert surgeons will recommend the breast reduction procedure best for your surgical goals, your health history, and the amount of skin, tissue, and fat to be removed. The least invasive approach is liposuction-only. There are also several other surgical options for carefully cutting around the nipple, reshaping and lifting the breast, and then replacing the nipple at the ideal location on the newly formed breast.

During breast reduction surgery, one of the following incisions will likely be used. The circular areola method involves a cut around the dark patch of skin surrounding the nipple (areola). A keyhole incision opens up a semi-circle above the areola and two vertical cuts, creating a "keyhole-shaped" opening through which the nipple can stay connected to blood supply and nerves.

 

In this case, the nipple is moved up into the keyhole after excess tissue, skin and fat are removed. Finally, an "anchor cut" combines a verticle cut below the nipple and a lateral cut along the bottom of the breast, resulting in incisions and scars shaped like an anchor.  

Once the incisions are made, the surgeon will carefully reshape the breast tissue and remove any excess skin. Typically, our surgeons close incisions with buried, dissolvable stitches, a technique that reduces visible scars and increases patient comfort.

Depending on the surgical technique, small drain tubes may be placed on each breast to allow excess fluid that builds up where breast tissue was removed during surgery. 

Recovery &
Results

Each person's recovery from breast reduction will vary based on the extent of skin and tissue involved and your healing process. A sterile bandage is placed over the incisions following surgery. Your breasts will be wrapped in a supportive bandage or surgical bra. Typically, you can expect to go home within a few hours.

Recovery and discharge instructions depend on the nature of your surgery, but you should plan to have a family member or friend drive you home. Pain and swelling can be managed with medication and ice in the first few days after surgery.

Some patients will go home with small tubes to drain blood and fluid that collect at the surgical site. Care instructions will be included in your discharge paperwork, and drain tubes will be removed in the office during your post-operative visit.

Most patients can resume regular activity within 2-3 weeks. Heavy lifting and strenuous exercise should be avoided for up to 6 weeks. In most cases, the long-term results of breast reduction will be seen in three to six months. However, it can take up to a full year or longer to experience complete healing. 

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Best

Breast Reduction Surgeons in NJ

Our board-certified plastic surgeons combine the most advanced surgical techniques and decades of experience to ensure safety and satisfaction for each patient. Through rigorous training and exceptional attention to detail, we pride ourselves in providing world-class care and surgical outcomes that will exceed your expectations. 

Michael Rose
PHYSICIAN

Michael Rose

MD, FACS
Matthew  Kaufman
PHYSICIAN

Matthew Kaufman

MD, FACS
Tushar Patel
PHYSICIAN

Tushar Patel

MD, FACS
Russell Ashinoff
PHYSICIAN

Russell Ashinoff

MD, FACS
Adam Saad
PHYSICIAN

Adam Saad

MD, FACS
Eric Wimmers
PHYSICIAN

Eric Wimmers

MD, FACS
Hamid Abdollahi
PHYSICIAN

Hamid Abdollahi

MD, FACS
Zuhaib Ibrahim
PHYSICIAN

Zuhaib Ibrahim

MD, FACS
Eric I.  Chang
PHYSICIAN

Eric I. Chang

MD, FACS
Kari L.  Colen
PHYSICIAN

Kari L. Colen

MD, FACS
Sean Herman
PHYSICIAN

Sean Herman

MD, FACS
Hakan Usal
PHYSICIAN

Hakan Usal

MD
Ritwik Grover
PHYSICIAN

Ritwik Grover

MD
Tzvi Small
PHYSICIAN

Tzvi Small

MD, FACS
Sidney Rabinowitz
PHYSICIAN

Sidney Rabinowitz

MD, FACS
Stephen Dudick
PHYSICIAN

Stephen Dudick

MD
Chris Lakhiani
PHYSICIAN

Chris Lakhiani

MD

Financing & Insurance

Insurance coverage for breast reduction surgery can vary depending on the individual policy and the specific circumstances of the patient. In general, insurance companies will cover breast reduction surgery if it is deemed medically necessary. We will work with you and your health insurer to obtain the approvals for your covered surgical procedures. If you are interested in learning more about our cosmetic options, please contact us today at 833-615-2621.

Our Process

01
schedule
Schedule a Consultation

During your consultation, our expert surgeons will listen and work with you to fully understand the look you wish to achieve.

02
explore-options
Explore
Your Options

We will review and explain all of your cosmetic options and identify which procedure is right for you.

03
transforamation
Start Your Transformation

Our friendly and compassionate staff and physicians will guide you through the entire process, answer all of your questions and alleviate any concerns.

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Map of Locations

Breast Reduction Surgeon in NJ

Shrewsbury 535 Sycamore Ave Shrewsbury, NJ 07702
Flemington 194 NJ-31, Pavilion 2, Suite 102 Flemington, NJ 08822
Hackettstown 57 Route 46E, Suite 201 Hackettstown, NJ 07840
Lehigh Valley 1401 Fairmont Street Whitehall, PA 18052
Montclair 1 Bay Avenue, Suite 4 Montclair , NJ 07028
Phoenixville 826 Main Street, Suite 203 Phoenixville, PA 19460
Brick 74 Brick Boulevard, Building 4, Suite 205 Brick, NJ 08723
East Brunswick 192 Summer Hill Rd, Suite 201 East Brunswick, NJ 08816
Florham Park 83 Hanover Road, Suite 260 Florham Park, NJ 07932
Hopewell 2 Capital Way , Suite 390, 3rd Floor Hopewell, NJ 08534
New York City 635 Madison Ave, 14th Floor New York City , NY 10022
Rockland County 257 Lafayette Ave , Suite 200 Suffern, NY 10901
Bridgewater-Greymark 1200 US Route 22 East, Suite 19 Bridgewater, NJ 08807
Edison 102 James Street, Suite 202 Edison, NJ 08820
Freehold 3499 Route 9 North, Building 2, Suite 2C-2 Freehold, NJ 07728
Egg Harbor Township 4096 English Creek Ave Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234
Hackensack 20 Prospect Ave, Suite 903, 9th Floor Hackensack, NJ 07601
Jersey City 377 Jersey City, Suite 220 Jersey City, NJ 07302
Montgomery 700 W Germantown Pike, Suite 200 Montgomery, PA 19401
Union 950 West Chestnut St, Suite 102 Union, NJ 07083
Marlton 11 Eves Drive, Suite 170 Marlton, NJ 08053
Linwood 222 New Road, Suite 6 Linwood, NJ 08221
Abington 2701 Blair Mill Road, Suite 10 Willow Grove, PA 19090
Manahawkin 1100 Route 72 West, 3rd Floor, Suite 306A Manahawkin, NJ 08050

Financing & Insurance

Plastic surgery is an investment. Our dedicated staff is happy to help patientsnavigate insurance coverage and understand the costs and financing of care.

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