Quatela Center for Plastic Surgery
973 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607
Phone: (585) 244-1000
Fax: (585) 271-4786
Monday–Friday: 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
What Is Breast Reduction Surgery?
Breast reduction surgery decreases the size and improves the shape of overly large breasts. It is similar to a breast lift, with additional removal of fat and breast tissue.
Breast Reduction Surgery Benefits
Breast reduction surgery can be a life-changing procedure for women living with overly large breasts. Women tend to experience an increase in self-esteem, improved self-image, more confidence, and a higher quality of life after breast reduction surgery. Increased physical activity is another benefit of getting breast reduction surgery. Even basic tasks like bending down to pick something up, exercising or shopping for a new dress can become far less challenging.
The Quatela Center for Plastic Surgery in Rochester is proud to serve patients from throughout Upstate NY. We are honored to be the area’s premier plastic surgery center, and give every patient our undivided attention and the quality of care they deserve. Learn more about how we support our New York patients on their surgical journeys:
Ideal Breast Reduction Candidates
You may experience neck, shoulder, and back pain because your breasts are disproportionate to your body’s frame. Overly large breasts can stretch and pull clothes, interfere with basic physical activities like running and jumping, and be embarrassing, resulting in low self-esteem.
Ideally, breast reduction patients must be willing and able to commit to the time needed for surgery, follow-up appointments, and complete healing from their procedure. You must be in good overall health and not be a smoker, in addition to having realistic expectations about the results of the surgery.
Our doctors meet with you in a private consultation and discusses your reasons for seeking this procedure. The discussion includes questions about your previous medical history, current medical conditions or health concerns, your surgical history and experience, and current medications and supplements you are taking. Your answers help them determine if breast reduction surgery is the most effective procedure to achieve your desired results. They customize the surgery to meet your needs.
Our doctors perform breast reduction surgery under a general anesthetic. The surgery usually lasts around 2 hours. Our surgeons begin by making 2 anchor-shaped incisions extending downward from the nipples and across the bottom creases of the breasts. They then remove excess breast tissue, fatty tissue, and inelastic skin to create rounder, firmer, and breasts. They mold the tissue into more natural-looking, even breasts. In many cases, our the doctors reposition the nipples and areolae.
You should be able to return home within a few hours of your surgery to begin the healing process. Our doctors prescribe pain medication that you can get before the surgery and they recommend measures to soothe the soreness of the breasts. Getting plenty of rest and wearing a surgical support bra as directed helps alleviate some of the swelling and bruising that are common side effects of breast reduction. It is typical for breast reduction patients to miss one to two weeks of work and avoid strenuous exercise for several weeks. Speak with our surgeons about your own projected recovery time before returning to work and resuming exercise or other strenuous activities.
Dr. William J. Koenig is a double board-certified plastic surgeon with over 26 years of experience. He specializes in breast and body procedures and has performed over 6,000 breast augmentations throughout his years of practice.
Dr. Ashley N. Amalfi is a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in cosmetic surgery of the breast and body. With her experience and innate attention to detail, Dr. Amalfi achieves personalized surgical outcomes that help patients look and feel their best.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does breast reduction surgery last?
Most breast reduction surgeries last two hours, but times may vary based on the amount of tissue that needs removal and your specific needs.
Where is the surgery performed?
Our doctors perform all breast surgeries on an outpatient basis at the Lindsay House Surgery Center, a fully licensed multi-specialty ambulatory surgery center located at the Quatela Center in Rochester, New York.
Will there be a scar from breast reduction surgery?
Our surgeons make anchor-shaped incisions on the breasts for breast reduction surgery. The resulting scars will heal and fade with time. For more help with diminishing the appearance of your scars, talk with our surgeons about BIOCORNEUM scar cream which aids in the healing of scars from surgical procedures.
How long do breast reduction results last?
Breast tissue removed during a breast reduction will not return, but fluctuations in hormones and weight can sometimes cause the breasts to enlarge. Talk to our doctors about strategies for maintaining your overall health and breast size in the longterm.
How much is a breast reduction?
The cost of a breast reduction varies, depending on your specific needs and goals. All prices quoted from the Quatela Center are all-inclusive and include pre and postoperative appointments, surgeon’s fees, surgery center fees, and anesthesia costs. For more information, see our page on Plastic Surgery Costs.
People who live in Buffalo, Syracuse, and other areas of New York travel to the Quatela Center for Plastic Surgery for breast reduction surgery and other breast enhancement procedures. Request your consultation using the online form to meet personally with one of our breast enhancement plastic surgeons or give our office a call at (585) 244-1000 to schedule an appointment.
As a destination practice offering world-class care, the Quatela Center attracts patients from around the globe. Our virtual consultations and support program take the effort out of travelling for surgery.