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Breast Reduction

For any woman who has suffered physical discomfort due to very large breasts— shoulder, back, or neck pain, skin irritation- reduction mammoplasty provides relief and a new-found freedom to enjoy a wider range of physical activities.

Reducing breast size in proper proportion to body size creates an entirely new body contour.

Manhattan Breast Reduction

Breast reduction surgery is one of the most time-efficient plastic surgery procedures a woman can undergo and yields profoundly positive effects.

For the woman whose large breasts cause her emotional or social anxiety, breast reduction surgery can provide a beautiful, proportioned appearance and a rebirth of confidence and positive self-image.

Dr. Preminger’s New York breast reduction patients are now living the active, healthy, socially confident life they always dreamed of—proud of their appearance, physically active and able to dress in any style they choose.

“Many women suffer from large breasts that are very heavy and actually interfere with physical activity like going to the gym and running,” explains Dr. Preminger. “They can actually cause the patient significant back pain and what we call ‘shoulder grooving’ from their bra straps.”

“So many women with this problem actually seek to have their breasts reduced. And most of the women who have the procedure done wonder why they waited so long to do it.”

“Most patients are back at work at about a week, and back to full physical activities and back at the gym at about a month. They’re amazed as to how much easier it is for them to actually work out, fit into clothing that they want to wear, and just feel comfortable about themselves.

Quick Facts

Procedure Length

3-4 hours



In/Out Patient

Usually outpatient


Pain, bleeding, infection, rare damage to nerves

Side Effects

Temporary swelling, bruising, and some pain


Back at work in 1-2 weeks
Resume light exercise at 2 weeks
Resume strenuous activity at 6 weeks
8-12 weeks for swelling to resolve

Duration of Results


If breast reduction is a procedure you’ve been considering, an initial consultation with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Preminger will help you understand the surgery and how it is actually done.

It’s important in your consultation to speak honestly about why you are considering breast reduction surgery and what you hope to accomplish with the procedure. What size breasts do you desire? How much can your breasts safely be reduced? What size will be most proportionate to the size of the rest of your body?

Nipple and areolar repositioning are common in larger breast reduction procedures and will incur more scarring. How can the scarring be minimized? The doctor will carefully listen to your hopes and concerns, and ensure your expectations are realistic.

Dr. Preminger will then explain the various types of breast reduction procedures that are available and which option she feels will work best for you. Surgical complications, though quite uncommon, can arise—infection, bleeding, or anesthesia reactions. General anesthesia is indicated for breast reduction surgery and is administered by a board-certified anesthesiologist.

To determine which breast reduction technique will be used, Dr. Preminger will take a series of measurements to assess the volume, symmetry, and sag of your breasts, the positioning of the nipples, and the degree of skin elasticity.

Breast reduction surgery

Breast reduction surgery is accomplished by making incisions to remove excess glandular tissue, fat, and skin while minimizing scarring. The procedure from start to finish will take three to four hours.

Breast reduction surgery can be a minor downsizing of breast volume that can be accomplished with a series of small incisions around the nipple. The more common procedure is called a limited incision breast reduction or “lollipop reduction,” which involves an incision that circles the areola and travels in a vertical line down the center of the breast allowing the surgeon to remove a moderate amount of excess tissue, skin and fat with minimal scarring. The remaining skin is then brought from both sides of the breast around the areola to reshape the reduced breast.

For overly large or pendulous breasts, an anchor-shaped incision is made encircling the areola, extending down the center line of the breast, and then along the lower crease of the breast. In both the lollipop reduction and the larger anchor-shaped reduction, the vertical line down the center of the breast can be minimized or eliminated. In the case of larger reductions, the nipples may sometimes need to be removed completely and then repositioned in a more suitable location.

"The burden of large breasts goes much deeper than their obvious appearance. Our patients report such great physical as well as emotional relief after having breast reduction surgery."
B. Aviva Preminger, MD

Recovery & Results

Your breasts may take as long as six months to a year to settle into their new permanent contour. During the healing process, the surgical scars fade into less noticeable white lines. Though thin traces of scarring may always be visible to you, scars continue to fade every day. You can trust that Dr. Preminger will have placed the incisions strategically to maximize your breasts’ new aesthetic appeal while minimizing any scarring.

Convenient breast reduction in New York City

Many of Dr. Preminger’s patients (both male and female) are focused on the emotional and physical relief that breast reduction surgery will bring. However, as a Board Certified plastic surgeon specializing in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the face and body, Dr. Preminger is creating dramatic improvements in the lives of her patients. If you’d like help determining if breast reduction surgery is appropriate for you, please call Dr. Preminger’s NYC office at (212) 706-1900 or contact us online.

Request a consultation today.

Whether you are ready to jump right in or still have questions, we can help.

If you are ready to make a change to your appearance, choose the best plastic surgeon and cosmetic team for your procedure. Aviva Preminger, MD Aesthetic Plastic Surgery offers intricate procedures to reshape the face, breasts and body, as well as rejuvenating treatments to look your best at every age.

Contact us today at our office in Manhattan to schedule a personalized consultation with Dr. Preminger and begin your journey to feeling and looking your best!

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