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Breast Reduction - Before & After

Breast Reduction in Princeton, New Jersey

Breast reduction procedures work by reducing the overall volume of the breasts for more physically comfortable and aesthetically desirable breasts. In addition to reducing the size, breast reduction procedures also tighten and lift the breasts to ensure that women look naturally proportional following the treatment.

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Breast Reduction Surgical Details

A breast reduction is performed under general anesthesia or IV sedation. Dr. Hazen will create a small incision, often around the nipple, and will surgically remove fat and skin for a tighter, smaller appearance and feel.

After re-positioning the placement of the nipple and ensuring a proportionate appearance, Dr. Hazen will close the incisions with sutures. Patients can enjoy a more comfortable lifestyle without the pain and self-consciousness that can often be caused by having overly large, uncomfortable breasts.

Breast Reduction vs Breast Lift 

A breast lift and breast reduction are similar procedures and are often done at the same time. The most significant difference is in the amount of tissue removed: A breast reduction removes a larger amount of breast tissue, while a breast lift raises the breasts higher on the chest wall, but does not typically remove much tissue.

Incisions and Scarring

The incision is made around the areolae, then down vertically from the bottom of the areolae to the natural crease at the base of the breasts. Rarely, a horizontal scar will also be made along the base of the breast. This incision is only required for severe breast sagging in the case of a breast lift or for the largest breasts that require a reduction in the case of a breast reduction.

For both procedures, Incisions are closed with internal sutures. These typically dissolve within 6 to 12 weeks. The scars from a breast lift or breast reduction heal very well in the first three months, and fade smoothly over the course of 1-to 2 years, especially the scar around the areola, which is not typically visible at all once healed.

Nipple Reduction and Enhancement

Both procedures contour, shape and raise the nipples higher on the breasts, providing an attractive upward tilt. 

Tissue Removed

Tissue removed during a breast lift: Some tissue along the base of the breast may be removed to provide a more significant lift and a rounded appearance. 

Tissue removed during breast reduction: To decrease breast size, tissue along the base of the breast, tissue from the outer and upper portions of the breast. 

Recovery Process

For the breast lift and breast reduction procedures, the recovery process is nearly identical. Patients are usually able to return to light activities and sedentary work within a few days. More strenuous activity is restricted for three weeks.

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Candidates for Breast Reduction 

If you’re interested in breast reduction in New Jersey and the surrounding areas, you may be a perfect candidate. Individuals who make the best candidates for this procedure are those who: 

  • Suffer neck, back, and/or shoulder pain due to having large breasts
  • Have breasts that are hindering their ability to properly play sports or exercise
  • Are embarrassed by the appearance of their breasts
  • Have a hard time finding clothing to wear because of their breast size

Recovery and Results

Most patients are able to return to work and resume their normal activities within about seven days after the procedure. After the procedure, your breasts will be wrapped in bandages. You will wear a surgical bra for about two weeks, after which time you may switch to a soft sports bra. You may also require drains after your surgery. If these will be needed, Dr. Hazen will discuss this with you during your consultation. She will also go over your home-care instructions, which will include guidelines on how to properly sleep and what your physical limitations should be. Strenuous activities should be avoided for at least two weeks, whereas lighter exercises like walking can be resumed within a few days after swelling has dissipated. Results will begin to appear a few weeks following surgery, with final results becoming apparent after a few months.

"I simply cannot say enough about the outstanding care that I received from Dr. Hazen and her team before, during and now 6 months after my breast reduction/lift procedure.  This procedure was not entered into without a great amount of consideration by both myself and my husband but we both agree that the investment was well worth every penny spent."


Does insurance cover my breast reduction?

This depends on how much breast tissue is required to be removed during your breast reduction. If there is a significant amount of tissue that will need removal, insurance should cover the procedure. Dr. Hazen will work with you ahead of time to determine this.

Will I lose weight after my breast reduction?

Only a few pounds are lost with breast reduction. Because women can exercise more freely after a breast reduction, it is common to lose 10-20 pounds in the following months.

How long will my breast reduction results last?

Results are permanent, barring significant weight gain or pregnancy.

Will I still be able to breastfeed after my breast reduction?

Women may be able to breastfeed after a breast reduction. Discuss this with Dr. Hazen ahead of time so that he can plan your surgical procedure with this in mind.

What is the best age for a breast reduction?

While there is no “right age” for a breast reduction, most patients have the procedure between the ages of 18 and 50 years old. Many patients choose to have their procedure once they are done having children.

How long should I wait after childbirth to get a breast reduction?

Patients should wait until their breast size has stabilized after childbirth and breastfeeding. Once the breasts have been at a stable size for at least six months, a breast reduction surgery may be performed.

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Meet Your Surgeon at Hazen Plastic Surgery

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jill Hazen loves performing breast procedures because she loves seeing how happy her patients are with the results. Breast surgery is one of our top services at Hazen Plastic Surgery, and you can be absolutely certain that with us, you’re in excellent hands. Voted as one of the Top Doctors in New Jersey by Healthy Living, Dr. Hazen has a reputation for delivering beautiful, natural-looking results. She will be happy to determine the right recommendations for you and personalize a treatment plan just for you. You will feel very welcomed by her family-like staff, and we will be there for you every step of the way. There are some results that only surgery can achieve, and if you are considering a breast reduction in New Jersey and the surrounding areas, we invite you to contact us today for a consultation.

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