Breast Reduction

Extra body weight as a result of very large breasts can cause a variety of health problems including back and neck pain, skin irritation and difficulty breathing.

Breast reduction surgery is a procedure used to remove fat, tissue and excess skin from the breast, making the breast smaller, lighter and firmer. The nipple is also repositioned in proportion to the new breast size.

For best results, the breasts should be fully developed before surgery is performed. However, if large breasts are causing serious health problems in younger patients, Dr. Fortes may recommend this procedure take place sooner. This surgery also should be postponed for women who are planning to breast feed.


The breast reduction procedure takes about three to five hours under general anesthesia, and your recovery period will last from seven to 10 days. Most women can return to work in about two weeks but should avoid lifting or strenuous exercise for the next three to four weeks. For several weeks following surgery you will need to wear a support bra to help reduce swelling and bruising.

Because breast reduction surgery is usually performed to correct a medical problem, please check with your healthcare provider to determine if your health insurance covers this procedure. For questions about the safety and health benefits of Macromastia, contact Dr. Fortes and his team in Houston to answer your specific questions or to schedule a free consultation.