Breast reduction, or reduction mammaplasty, is a procedure that removes excess breast tissue and skin, creating a more lifted and proportional breast shape. In addition, the areola (pigmented area surrounding the nipple) is repositioned and can be reduced in size.
In some cases, breast reduction surgery may be medically necessary. Large pendulous or drooping breasts may be associated with bra strap grooves or indentations, back pain, and skin rash in the fold beneath the breast. These problems may be relieved by reducing the size of the breast.