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Introduction to Breast Reduction

Breast reduction—more common in the Western world than in Asia—is a procedure to reduce the size of the breasts. It is not only cosmetic but also reconstructive to relieve symptoms from large and heavy breasts. At our NYC practice, breast reduction surgery is very common. For many women, breasts are an important aspect of their identity. Their shape and size often determine how a woman feels about her self-image. But that’s not all. The size of a woman’s breasts can also affect how they feel daily.

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What is Breast Reduction?

A breast reduction is a plastic surgery procedure designed to reduce the size of a woman’s breasts. While the techniques used to perform the surgery vary depending on a patient’s individual needs, the procedure itself requires the removal of glandular tissue and excess skin.

Breast reduction is not as common in Asia, but it is one of the most frequently performed breast surgeries in the United States. Most ladies who seek breast reduction from Dr. Lao not only have a breast size that they dislike, but they also present with symptoms of shoulder pain, neck pain, and rash underneath large pendulous breasts.

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What are the Benefits of Breast Reduction?

Many studies and Dr. Lao’s personal experiences have shown that the breast reduction procedure is the most effective method in relieving these symptoms compared to conservative treatments like physical therapy and customized bras. A breast reduction can:

  • Relieve back, neck, and shoulder pain.

  • Increase activity and improve physical fitness

  • Improves a woman’s self-image

What’s the First Step?

The first to get a breast reduction in NYC with Dr. William Lao is to book a consultation. During your one-on-one appointment, you’ll be able to explain your aesthetic desires, and any discomfort you’re experiencing, and ask questions. Dr. Lao will provide his expert insight, which is based on thousands of aesthetic surgeries performed.

If you and Dr. Lao both feel that getting a breast reduction in New York at his world-class facility is the best option for your aesthetic needs, surgery will be booked and we’ll provide you with pre and postoperative instructions.

Who are the Best Candidates for Breast Reduction?

In order to be considered a candidate for breast reduction surgery, potential patients must first schedule a consultation with Dr. Lao. Ideal patients are women who are currently struggling under the weight of heavy breasts that limit their mobility and cause pain to the back, neck, or shoulders. You should also be in good physical health and have realistic expectations. Dr. Lao will cover the details of the procedure in more depth during your consultation.

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Time: 2-3 hours



Ambulate the night of surgery

Shower 2 days after surgery

3 to 5 days off work


6 weeks from heavy lifting and swimming

Breast Reduction Recovery

Following your surgery, you should expect to take at least a week off from your normal activities so that you can comfortably recover. Some patients may need an additional week, but this will vary from patient to patient. You should avoid any physical activity and heavy lifting for at least a month after your surgery. During your recovery period, you may experience some breast pain and feel more tired than usual. While it is rare, some patients experience an emotional reaction, such as depression, following their surgery. While these feelings are normal, please contact our office if you are experiencing any abnormal feelings.

Why Choose Dr. Lao?

Dr. Lao is a double-board certified plastic surgeon and a proud member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Our NYC breast reduction patients find that the surgery provides more comfort and confidence. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact us today. We look forward to helping you achieve maximum comfort in your life while looking your best!

How Much Does Breast Reduction Cost in New York City?

The cost of a Breast Reduction in New York City varies from patient to patient depending on their unique needs and aesthetic goals. Dr. Lao will meet with you in his Manhattan office, analyze your bodily contours during your consultation, and develop a personalized treatment plan to help you achieve your aesthetic goals. Once a plan of action has been developed, he will go over the cost of your breast reduction. We also offer financing options through CareCredit to help make payments more affordable.


Is Breast Reduction painful?

Although the actual surgery should be relatively painless, you may experience some soreness or mild pain during your recovery. This can usually be treated with the use of pain medication, ice bags, or compression bandages.

Can I combine Breast Reduction with other procedures?

Absolutely! Our patients have combined their breast reduction with many different types of procedures such as liposuction. If there are any other areas of your body that you would like to address, please discuss this with Dr. Lao during your consultation so that he may offer the best options and procedure schedule for you.

What are the risks associated with Breast Reduction?

Although the risks are very rare under Dr. Lao’s professional care, there are some associated with Breast Reduction surgery:

  • Allergic reaction to tape, suture materials, blood products, topical preparations, or injectable agents
  • Anesthetic risks
  • Bleeding
  • Blood Clots
  • Breast Asymmetry
  • Breast Contouring and irregular shapes
  • Changes in breast or nipple sensitivity
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis
  • Excessive breast firmness
  • Fat Necrosis
  • Fluid Accumulation
  • Infection
  • Persistent pain
  • Unfavorable scarring

If you have any concerns or questions about the potential risks, please discuss this with Dr. Lao during your consultation with him.

What are other breast surgeries Dr. Lao performs?

Besides breast reduction, Dr. Lao is also an expert breast augmentation (breast implants) surgeon. He also provides patients with breast lift surgery, nipple reduction, and male breast reduction surgery, which is also referred to as gynecomastia.

Schedule Your Consultation

Many of Dr. Lao’s New York City breast reduction patients find the procedure benefits their lives. If you’re interested in learning more about breast reduction, contact our office to schedule your consultation. Dr. William Lao is a renowned double-board-certified plastic surgeon in both the United States and Taiwan. He’s dedicated to providing patients with individualized care and stunning results they can carry with confidence. He’ll guide you through every step of the process and help you on your journey to a more comfortable and aesthetically pleasing life.

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before + afters

Real patients, real results! Check out our before and after photo gallery and peruse through different gallery options of surgical and non-surgical patients!

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Out-of-town patients

Dr. Lao has provided surgery for patients from almost every continent in the world. With such a wide range, patients frequently ask about travel arrangements for surgery.

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Patient Resources

We’re here to help, with a number of patient resources designed to make your experience as comfortable as possible. Read through the materials below, and don’t hesitate to reach out and set up your consultation to learn more about what we can do for you.

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