Breast Reduction Tacoma

A variety of medical problems can be caused by the weight of large pendulous breasts. Women with excessively large and heavy breasts may experience back, neck, or shoulder pain as well as skin irritation, skeletal deformities, and breathing problems. Bra straps can create deep shoulder grooves or indentations. Such large-sized breasts can make a woman – or a teen-age girl – feel extremely self-conscious.

Breast reduction, known as reduction mammoplasty, is a procedure during which glandular tissue, fat, and skin are removed making the breast smaller, lighter, and firmer. The breast is lifted and the dark areola skin around the nipple is reduced in size. The goal is not only to reduce symptoms caused by heavy breasts, but also to provide women smaller, better-shaped breasts which are more proportionately balanced with their bodies.

Are You a Good Candidate?

  • If you have large, heavy breasts, which may be the cause of breathing difficulties, back, shoulder, and neck pain, poor posture, bra-strap indentations, and chafing under the breasts.
  • If your large breasts interfere with normal daily activities or exercise.
  • If you have excessive breast size, which may decrease a sense of attractiveness and self-image.

Intended Results

  • Reduction of symptoms related to weight of large heavy breasts.
  • Freedom from health problems associated with excessively large breasts.
  • More attractive contour and smaller breast size.
  • Improved self-image.

Procedure Description

  • The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia.
  • Incisions are made around the pigmented region of the breast (the “nipple-areolar complex”) and usually extend vertically below the nipple and along the fold under the breast. The nipple – areolar complex is moved upward to the desired location and excess breast tissue, fat, and skin are removed.

Recuperation and Healing

  • The incisions are covered with light dressings, and the breasts are placed in netting for 2 weeks. The bra supports the breasts during the initial healing.
  • Initial discomfort subsides daily and can be controlled with oral medication.
  • Scars will usually fade in about 6-12 months.
  • Surgery may reduce and possibly eliminate the ability to breast-feed.

Other Options

  • An additional procedure that can enhance the result is Liposuction of the axilla (armpit) area to reduce excess fat deposits.

Insurance Guidelines

  • This procedure is often covered by insurance though insurance criteria is becoming more and more restrictive. Our staff will assist you in obtaining preauthorization.


  • The specific risk and suitability of the procedure for a given woman can be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are unusual. Such possible complications are best reviewed with your plastic surgeon prior to surgery.


Contact us to Schedule a Consultation!

You may also be interested in:
Breast AugmentationBreast Lift, Liposuction, Tummy Tuck, Face Lift