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 with exercising and breathing.

Breast reduction surgery is a procedure used to remove fat, glandular 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 and shape.

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 that this procedure be preformed 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 the recovery period will last from seven to ten 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, use of a support bra is recommended to help reduce swelling and bruising.

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 consultation.


“Aesthetic surgery isn’t just about changing the outside.  It’s true power lies in its ability to indirectly change the inside.”