Breast Reduction Surgery

in Toronto

Improve Overall Body Contour

Of all the cosmetic surgery procedures that exist, breast reduction surgery has one of the biggest impacts on the physical and emotional health of a woman. Breast reduction has the ability to improve your overall body contour by achieving more harmonious proportions, thereby making you feel better about yourself.

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Experience Relief From Chronic Pain!

You’ll also experience relief from the chronic pain, rashes, and shoulder strap depressions associated with overly large breasts. No wonder women who have undergone the procedure report high rates of satisfaction – in fact, the highest garnered from any Plastic Surgery procedure!

Breast Reduction Can Eliminate Chronic Pain and Bad Posture”

Did you know that breast reduction surgery can eliminate a number of problems related to large and heavy breasts? Many women find that following breast reduction, they no longer experience these related physical concerns, some of which are debilitating (or will be if left unaddressed)

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Did you know that the breast reduction cost may be covered by OHIP?

Depending on your situation, OHIP may be able to subsidize the cost of breast reduction. We will help you get pre-authorized if you qualify. Some breast reduction OHIP coverage requirements in Ontario include your current cup size, the amount of breast tissue removed during surgery, unsuccessful experiences with alternative treatments and medications, as well as recommendations for breast reduction from other specialists, such as chiropractors and neurosurgeons.


Macromastia (or female breast hypertrophy) is a form of abnormal breast tissue enlargement that is characterized by excessive tissue growth. The condition can develop for a number of different reasons, but is usually the result of overactive glands and/or overactive fatty tissue. Causes include pubertal development, post-natal growth, menopause, weight gain and/or menopause. Related health issues almost always plague sufferers, such as back, neck or breast pain, poor posture, shoulder grooving, excess weight and lifestyle limitations or embarrassment.


Macromastia severity is judged to be mild if tissue growth is less than 300 grams above the appropriate size, moderate if between 3-800 grams and severe if more than 800 grams. The condition can affect one or both breasts and is sometimes accompanied by ptosis (sagging). Affected breasts can be comprised of fatty tissue that reaches nearly 90% (except while the woman is pregnant or lactating). Because of this a size reduction may be possible through liposuction only.


Mammary hyperplasia or large breasts, is typically a hereditary condition that begins at the onset of puberty and ends in the early 20’s. Many women with large breasts consider them aesthetically unpleasing and not flattering in proportion to the rest of their figure, but they may have functional limitations as well that makes living with mammary hyperplasia inconvenient and uncomfortable. Some of these discomforts include neck, back and shoulder pain. Brest reduction surgery decreases the size of the breasts.


Very large breasts tend to require a larger incision under the breast in addition to more tissue removed. Breast liposuction and/or contouring can be performed in combination with the procedures above.


The breast reduction procedure is performed under general anaesthesia and takes about three hours to perform, not including the pre-op prep and time in the recovery room.


Ideal Candidates For Breast Reduction

It’s important that you examine why you’d like to improve your body contour and self esteem with breast reduction surgery. You should have realistic expectations of surgery. Express your goals and reasons to your surgeon during your consultation so he can have a better understanding of your expectations from surgery. That way, you’ll be happier with your results.

Since every woman’s body is different, your surgeon must adapt their surgical approach in order to provide you with the best possible reduction results. The specific techniques used to accomplish the reduction are determined by a combination of factors. These include breast composition, physical condition, and personal goals involving size and shape.


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You’ll talk about what size you’d like to achieve during your consultation. Though the majority of women wish to achieve a B or C cup, the natural size and shape of a woman’s body will help to inform the most aesthetically pleasing goal. Most patients want to reduce their breasts to a “normal” or average size while other women, such as those who are very physically active, may seek greater reduction. Women who desire substantial cleavage may also opt for a larger post-operative breast size. Your surgeon can accomplish nearly any size alteration, but, as a general rule of thumb, the possibility of experiencing surgical complications can rise alongside the amount of breast tissue removed during surgery.

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There are many different techniques for breast reduction surgery.

The traditional approach is three incisions: one around the areola, the second travels vertically from the bottom edge of the areola to the breast crease and the third around the natural edge of the breast fold. Another method is to make an incision around the areola and a vertical incision under the breast. This is typically called a “lollipop incision” or short scarring technique. This method reduces scarring when compared to other extensive types and methods of breast reduction surgery.

Once the incisions have been made tissue, fat, and skin are removed. The nipple and areola are then shifted higher on the breast and skin located higher than the nipple is pulled down and together to enhance the shape of the new, smaller breasts.


After the breast reduction procedure the patient will be moved to the recovery room and be monitored by the clinic’s nurses until she fully awakens. Patients usually stay overnight and can leave in the morning, accompanied by a family member or friend.

Resting and relaxing at home in the following days post-surgery will aid a fast and full recovery. Strenuous activities should be avoided. The patient will typically wear a bandage over their chest, held on by or a bra, to reduce swelling and promote healing. This may be worn for several weeks after surgery.

A week after surgery the patient will re-visit the clinic to be checked. Most women usually feel comfortable returning to work 2 weeks after their procedure. Patients can resume walking as exercise after 1-2 weeks and more strenuous exercise (going to the gym, yoga, Pilates, weight lifting and martial arts) can resume after 4-6 weeks with clearance from the surgeon. Breasts should be handled gently for 4-6 weeks after surgery. Follow up appointments will also be scheduled at 8 weeks and 6 months after surgery.

Many women experience numbness or different sensations in their nipple and areola for up to a year after a breast reduction surgery. These occurrences can be considered completely normal. The breast tissue is disrupted during surgery so it takes several months for swelling to completely subside and for the actual results to become apparent. Patients are always welcome to contact the clinic with any concerns.

Is a Breast Reduction surgery permanent?

A breast reduction surgery can be considered temporary but can be prolonged with care. The remaining fat cells may swell if the patient gains weight. The tissues could also swell when pregnant, and the body prepares for, and fills with milk. Natural or synthetic hormones can also result in breast tissue swelling and can cause them to be tender. When taking hormonal supplements it is possible to gain small amounts of tissue back.

What happens during a Breast Reduction Consultation?

A breast reduction consultation will allow the surgeon to examine the patient to see if she is well suited to the nature of the surgery.

The surgeon will discuss goals to get an idea of the right procedure for the patient’s needs and to discuss expectations. The surgeon will take measurements of the patient’s breasts and chests to see how much reduction is necessary to enhance the patient’s shape and to plan for a proportionate and flattering result. Most women that inquire about a reduction want their breasts small enough that they are no longer in pain or feel disproportionate and do not want to lose too much volume.

Is there a lot of pain and swelling after Breast Reduction surgery?

After the breast reduction surgery, it will take 10-14 days for the vast majority of the swelling to dissipate. Some patients are more prone to bruising and the area will be tender. Pain medication will be prescribed to alleviate discomfort in the first few days after surgery. The surgeon will discuss aftercare in detail and there will also be written instructions to follow at home. However, if pain, swelling or bruising seems severe, always contact your surgeon immediately.

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