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Breast Reduction

Breast Reduction Surgery

Bigger is not always better. Women with breasts that are disproportionately large compared to their bodies often struggle with various physical issues and may have difficulty finding properly-fitting clothing and bras. Our team of Midsota plastic surgeons is experienced in reducing/resizing the breasts for a well-balanced and natural appearance.

Breast Reduction at a Glance

Breast Reduction (Reduction Mammoplasty)

Ages: 18+

Return to Work: 1 week

Surgery Time: 3 hours

Recovery Time: 1-2 weeks

Off Restrictions: 4 weeks

Is a Breast Reduction for Me?

Many women struggle through life with breasts that are too large for their bodies. Overly large breasts can cause physical pain and discomfort, can make it difficult to exercise or perform other normal activities, can make finding clothes that fit properly almost impossible, and may lead to emotional issues or low self-esteem.

A breast reduction can also be an effective option for women who have trouble losing weight due to the size of their breasts. Larger breasts have been linked to obesity due to their limiting of physical activities and exercise.

Women who have had a breast augmentation in the past and are considering switching to smaller-sized implants may be better candidates for a revision breast augmentation.

During your consultation, you will discuss your desired outcome with one of our Midsota plastic surgeons to determine if a breast reduction is right for you.

What are the Benefits of Breast Reduction Surgery?

A breast reduction can provide several benefits, among which are to:

  • Relieve neck, back, or shoulder pain
  • Prevent rashes from forming beneath larger breasts
  • Correct posture
  • Improve the balance between the breasts and body
  • Improve the ability to participate in physical activity and exercise
  • Allow for a wider variety of clothing options

In addition, women who have undergone a breast reduction often experience a boost in their self-confidence and feel more comfortable with their new bodies.

How is a Breast Reduction Performed?

We will discuss the details of your breast reduction procedure, such as the required incision pattern, during your consultation.

Once the incision is made, we will work to carefully reduce any excess breast tissue and reposition or resize the nipples and areolae, as necessary. Before closing your incisions, excess skin may be removed to restore the balance between the amount of skin and what it holds.

How Long Does Breast Reduction Surgery Take?

A breast reduction at Midsota Plastic Surgeons will take approximately three hours. This will depend on your unique situation and the method used for your reduction.

How Long is Breast Reduction Recovery?

Following your breast reduction, we will provide you with detailed care instructions and a support bra to be worn for the first few weeks. You should feel well enough to return to work a week after surgery.

When Will I Notice the Results of my Breast Reduction?

Your breasts will be noticeably smaller and well-contoured immediately after surgery. Most bruising and swelling will fade within six weeks and your scar will gradually fade and flatten over time.

Our breast reduction patients often experience immediate lifestyle changes following their surgery. Not only do they feel more comfortable in their clothing, but they also notice a dramatic improvement in any pre-existing physical pain and are able to move around more confidently and effortlessly.

How Long Will my Breast Reduction Results Last?

With healthy lifestyle choices, the results of your breast reduction are lasting. Your breasts will still experience normal changes as you get older, gain weight, or become pregnant. However, your new breasts will be better proportioned and well-balanced with the rest of your body.

Read what our patients are saying about their breast reduction surgery at Midsota Plastic Surgeons.


Our goal at Midsota Plastic Surgeons is for you to walk out our doors feeling refreshed and more confident than when you walked in. Our dedicated team of Minnesota plastic surgeons and caring staff put your safety first and will work closely with you on your journey to your new self. For more information on any of our procedures, or to schedule a private consultation, please give us a call at one of our locations in St. Cloud, Alexandria, Brainerd or Minnesota.


“I want to say Thank you to Dr. Heath and the staff at Midsota. Every time I came into the center I was welcomed. Dr. Heath made me feel very comfortable discussing my options for breast reduction. I was kept well informed and felt very safe and secure during the procedure and all of my office visits.”

Rita N.

“The beautiful job Dr. Houle did with my DIEP flap reconstruction surgery was the final chapter in my successful survivor story of breast cancer. Thank you for restoring my feeling like a “whole” woman again.”


“Dr. Yang did an absolutely amazing job on my lower eyelid surgery. I am so completely happy with the results. Thank you is all I can say! Recommending to anyone considering!”

Karen P.