Breast Reduction

Reduce neck and back pain and feel more confident with breast reduction surgery — a safe and effective option for women who are uncomfortable with their large breasts.

Overly large breasts can be a nuisance. They can also cause pain in the neck, shoulders and back, make it more difficult to breathe, result in poor posture and cause skin indentations and chafing. Excessive breasts can lead to a decrease in self-confidence, interfere with normal daily activities or exercise, and make it more difficult to find well-fitting clothing.

Breast reduction surgery, performed by Dr. Schleicher , can help reduce many of these symptoms and boost confidence.

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What to Expect

Breast reduction surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. Dr. Schleicher will begin by placing incisions around the edge of the areola, extended vertically below the nipple and in the fold under the breast. Using these incisions, Dr. Schleicher will remove excess breast tissue, fat, and skin to reduce the size and weight of the breast. The nipple areolar complex is moved upward to a position that better complements the new breast size.

Immediately after your procedure, you will be placed in a special support bra to hold your breasts symmetrically. This helps promote healing and maintain the desired results. Surgical drains may be put in place for a few days to prevent any accumulation of fluid. After surgery you may experience tenderness, swelling and some bruising. Oral pain medication will be prescribed to manage any pain or discomfort.You can resume light activity in about a week. More strenuous activites should be avoided for several weeks. Scars will usually fade in about 6 to 12 months. You can expect to return to work in 10 days and to see final results in about 8 months.


Deciding if breast reduction surgery is right for you and the specific risks involved can only be determined after a consultation with Dr. Schleicher . All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally, while major complications are unusual. If you're interested in more information on breast reduction surgery or would like to know if you are a good candidate for the procedure, please schedule a free consultation (for cosmetic plastic surgery procedures only) by calling our office at 804-282-4940.

Billing & Payment

Breast reduction surgery may be covered by some insurance companies, though insurance criteria can be restrictive. Our billing specialists will work with you to understand your insurance options and any pre-authorization requirements. If your insurance company considers a breast reduction cosmetic surgery and will not cover the procedure, you will be responsible for payment.

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