Breast Reduction

One of the most gratifying plastic surgery procedures we perform is breast reduction. Our Kitchener-Waterloo breast reduction patients are typically among the most satisfied of our clients because overly large breasts can cause both physical and emotional discomfort. This surgery provides relief from back, neck, and shoulder pain, and opens up new options for clothing and physical activities.

Women come from cities such as Guelph, London, Windsor, and Cambridge for breast reduction at The Cosmetic Surgery Clinic. You can request a consultation online to meet personally with a member of our talented team of surgeons, or call our office at (519) 746-1132 to schedule an appointment.

Breast Reduction Before & After Photos


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Breast Reduction Before & After Photos

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.
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    Breast Reduction case #325

    Case #325

    This healthy 28-year-old woman suffered from complaints of pain in her back, shoulders and neck, difficulty finding supportive bras, and difficulty with certain physical activities all due to her h... View Case 

  • Breast Reduction case #74
    Breast Reduction case #74

    Case #74

    This young woman was unhappy with the size and position of her breasts.  She suffered from back, neck and shoulder pain as well.  She had a breast reduction operation which decreased the... View Case 

  • Breast Reduction case #242
    Breast Reduction case #242

    Case #242

    Due to her heavy breasts this healthy 41-year-old mother suffered from complaints of pain in her back and neck, difficulty with posture and difficulty finding supportive bras and came to us for bre... View Case 

  • Breast Reduction case #161
    Breast Reduction case #161

    Case #161

    This healthy 18-year-old woman was suffering with back pain, neck pain and shoulder pain as well as having trouble finding supportive bras and difficulty with certain physical activities due to her... View Case 

  • Breast Reduction case #144
    Breast Reduction case #144

    Case #144

    This healthy 28-year-old woman with DDD cup breasts was suffering with back pain, neck pain and shoulder pain. She underwent a vertical, or "lollipop" type breast reduction surgery.... View Case 

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Who is a candidate for breast reduction?

If you're considering breast reduction surgery, it's likely you're experiencing some level of physical discomfort and want to alleviate back and neck pain. Overly large breasts may interfere with an active lifestyle, limit wardrobe choices, and draw unwanted attention. Large breasts can also cause rashes and skin irritation, and create painful indentations from bra straps. The typical breast reduction patient seeks to:

  • Alleviate the weight of large breasts
  • Create breasts that are in proportion to the rest of her body
  • Lift and reshape pendulous, sagging breasts

Because breast reduction procedures result in the reduction or elimination of back, neck, and shoulder pain, surgeries are typically covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan.

Does OHIP cover breast reduction?

OHIP does cover standard breast reduction procedures for qualified patients who meet a very strict set of criteria and obtain preapproval. Patients must be referred to a plastic surgeon by their family doctor, and the plastic surgeon must apply on the patient's behalf.

What are my options for breast reduction surgery?

Our surgeons specialize in breast procedures, and they have significant experience performing a range of advanced techniques. After a thorough consultation that includes a physical examination and discussion about your cosmetic goals, your surgeon will recommend a specific surgical plan based on your unique physical characteristics. The options include:

  • Short scar incision: Most patients are good candidates for this technique, which involves making an incision around the areola and a small, vertical incision along the breast (sometimes called a "lollipop" incision).
  • Wise Pattern reduction: For breasts that need a more significant degree of correction, an additional horizontal incision is made underneath the breasts in the inframammary fold. This is also called an inverted "T" incision because of its shape.

Our surgeons often recommend combining liposuction with breast reduction procedures to enhance the contours of your breasts and upper torso. When liposuction is included, we do the procedure at our Waterloo clinic. Otherwise, breast reduction surgery is performed at Cambridge Memorial Hospital.

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What should I expect after surgery?

Recovery following breast reduction surgery varies from patient to patient, but we provide some general guidelines to help you know how to ensure your recovery is smooth. Most patients wear a special support bra that also helps to minimize swelling. We'll provide detailed instructions that emphasize:

  • Sleeping on your back during the first few days after surgery
  • Walking and doing light activities as soon as possible
  • Avoiding pushing, pulling, twisting, or lifting until approved by your surgeon

The results of breast reduction surgery are long-lasting and you likely will notice reduced back and neck pain soon after the procedure.

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