What To Expect After Your Breast Reduction Surgery?

When considering breast reduction surgery, it is important to have realistic expectations about the results and what to expect post-surgery.

Breast reduction also known as “reduction mammoplasty”, creates better-shaped breasts that are more proportionate with the rest of the body. Dr. Gartner, a highly meticulous and renowned plastic surgeon in New York, performs this surgery in his Manhattan clinic as well as both of the New Jersey locations.


The surgery itself involves an incision around the areola after which the extra skin, tissue, and fat from the breasts is removed and the nipple is repositioned. Following the removal of the excess tissue, the incisions are brought together to reshape the now smaller breast.

At Dr. Gartner’s clinic, dissolvable sutures are used so patients do not have to come back to get them removed as they dissolve naturally over time.

Following the surgery, results are immediately visible. However, as the body heals over the couple of months following surgery, the breasts will start to appear more natural as they may initially look somewhat ‘fake’. With time, they tend to go from the initial round, more artificial looking breasts to fuller and more settled looking.


Many women worry about experiencing a loss of sensation in the nipples following breast reduction surgery. When it comes to maintaining sensation, results vary. Some women lose sensation after surgery but regain it within a year or later, whereas some women lose sensation permanently. However, there are also women who do not lose sensation at all.

After the surgery, it is advised to wear a surgical bra for at least a month, before transitioning to wire-free sports bras. It is usually around 3 months post-surgery that women are comfortable in underwire bras.

For many women, there is an adjustment period since breast reduction can alter ones entire figure. Clothes begin to fit differently and with that often comes a boost of self-confidence. Many women find that they need to update their wardrobe to go with their new look.


Breast reduction surgery will typically always leave a scar. However, they will fade and become less obvious over time, and are generally easy to cover with a bra or swimsuit.

Since disproportionately large breasts are often associated with chronic back and shoulder pain due to the excess strain of the weight, breast reduction dramatically alleviates this pain. However, it is often recommended to see a chiropractor or take up yoga to maintain this.

As with any surgical procedure, it is important to choose a reliable and well-reputed surgeon. Dr. Gartner is one of the best plastic surgeons in the New Jersey area and his clinics specialize in breast reduction surgery.

As a plastic surgeon fully certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Gartner is also fully certified as a general surgeon by the American Board of Surgery; making him one of the few plastic surgeons in the country to have Double Board Certification. Rest assured, breast reduction surgery at his clinic will be a highly rewarding experience.

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