Enhancing Your Comfort with Breast Reduction


Breast reduction can help relieve neck and back pain and other discomforts associated with large breast size. Breast reduction surgeries reduce breast volume for improved comfort and mobility. This procedure also lifts the breasts, improving body lines for increased self-confidence.

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Man: Many women complain of large breasts that are heavy. That are pendulous and drooping. Very often it's associated with neck pain or back pain or shoulder pain, or even grooving from the bra strap because of heavy breasts. And the treatment for these symptoms is a breast reduction. The goal is to reduce the size of the breasts, but also to lift the nipple areolar complex into a more youthful position, and reshape the breast to give you a more youthful, more aesthetically pleasing breast. A lot of women come in and ask about a breast lift, when what they really need is a breast reduction, to make the size of their breasts smaller. And these operations go hand-in-hand. They're very similar operations, with similar scars. You can have a breast reduction with a scar that goes around the nipple and down the middle, like a lollipop. That's my preferred method. It's a short scar breast reduction, or a vertical breast reduction. Another type of breast reduction is where the scar goes along the fold of the breast. And that's a more typical type of scar that you would see. For a consultation, for breast reduction, I typically spend a hour with a patient. We go over what the risks are of the surgery, what the alternatives are. I show pictures of what you might expect after breast reduction. And then, of course, I examine you to determine what the best method is for breast reduction in your case, and what type of scars you might expect. A lot of people are concerned about the sensation to the nipple after breast reduction, although usually the sensation to the nipple's unaffected. There is the possibility that you can decrease the sensation to the nipple, but typically this is not a common occurrence. Some of the risks of breast reduction include, delayed wound healing, or suboptimal scarring, but a breast reduction is usually an operation that has a very very high satisfaction with patients who need it. And now you have a much more proportional size breast mound, a lot of people find that they're able to go to the gym and work out, and do things that they simply weren't able to do before because the large breasts were in the way. In some cases, breast reduction can be covered by insurance, but it really depends on the person. And we will work with you to determine if insurance will pay for that procedure or not.

Dr. Oren Lerman

Oren Z. Lerman, MD

Dr. Oren Lerman performs a variety of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures with a specialty in reconstructive breast surgery. In fact, he is the director of breast reconstruction at Lenox Hill Hospital's Institute for Comprehensive Breast Care as well as the Microvascular and Cosmetic Breast Fellowship. In addition to the hospital, Dr. Lerman is affiliated with:

  • The New York Regional Society of Plastic Surgeons (Past President)
  • The American Board of Plastic Surgery (Diplomate)
  • The American College of Surgeons (Fellow)
  • The American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • The American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery

You can schedule a consultation with Dr. Lerman by filling out our online form or calling (212) 434-6980.

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"The one thing that is most important when we're doing cosmetic surgery and aesthetic surgery of the face or the body is to make sure that the patient is happy afterwards..." Dr. Oren Lerman

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