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Douglas A. Taranow, DO, FACOS

New York, NY


Posted January 11, 2014 in Breast Reduction

Breast reduction surgery removes excess fat, tissue, and skin from the breasts, and it has been helping women all over the world become more physically and mentally comfortable with their bodies. In fact, 1,669 women reviewed their breast reduction surgeries on, an online community for learning about and sharing information on plastic surgery procedures and treatments, and 96 percent of them rated it as “worth it.” However, many women considering this procedure wonder if they are good candidates and when the best time to undergo the surgery would be. The following information can help you determine if and when breast reduction surgery would be right for you.

Candidates for breast reduction surgery include women whose breasts:

● Are overly large
● Limit their ability to engage in physical activities
● Cause back, neck, or shoulder pain
● Create shoulder indentations from their weight on the bra straps
● Are asymmetrical (one larger than the other)
● Have nipples and areolas that point downward or hang below the breast crease
● Have enlarged areolas because of stretched skin
● Cause irritation to the skin beneath the breast crease
● Create unwanted sexual attention
● Create emotional discomfort and self-consciousness

When to Undergo Surgery

Patients of any age can undergo breast reduction surgery, but it is recommended to wait until the breasts are fully developed. Patients should be in good physical and mental health before undergoing this procedure. Candidates who are overweight are advised to achieve a healthy weight, as weight loss can help reduce the size of the breasts. Smoking should be stopped at least two weeks prior to surgery. Patients should also have realistic expectations for breast reduction and undergo the procedure to meet their own personal goals, not to fulfill anyone else’s wishes or to achieve a perceived ideal image.

According to The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), 112,795 breast reduction procedures were performed in 2012. Breast reduction surgery may be covered by insurance, depending on the policy and the circumstances of the patient.

If you are considering breast reduction surgery in New York, Dr. Douglas A. Taranow has the knowledge and experience to provide you with beautiful, natural results. Dr. Taranow is a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon known for his subtle, precise techniques and skill in performing breast reduction surgery. Please call (212) 7722100 or fill out our online contact form today to schedule your consultation.