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Breast Reduction Surgery in Philadelphia


Women with oversized breasts can face a variety of challenges, both physical and psychological. For example, if your breasts are large and heavy, you may experience physical aches such as neck and back pain, breathing problems and indentations in your shoulders caused by bra straps. You may have poor posture as a result of excessive breast weight. Also, you may feel self-conscious about unwanted attention because of your breasts.

Dr. Chapin can surgically reduce extremely large breasts so they are more proportionate to the rest of your body and do not cause any painful side effects. Breast reduction will also help you to feel more comfortable with your appearance and confident in the way you look. Visit Dr. Chapin’s breast reduction photo gallery.

Am I a Candidate for Breast Reduction?

You may be a candidate for breast reduction if your breasts are large, heavy or out-of-proportion with the rest of your body. You should be in good health, not have any chronic or uncontrolled medical conditions and have reasonable expectations of the surgery. Your skin should have a good degree of elasticity, so that it will tighten over your smaller breasts after surgery.

Dr. Chapin will meet with you during a one-on-one consultation to discuss the procedure, perform a physical examination of your breasts and determine whether breast reduction is appropriate for your needs. He will explain how he plans to approach your surgery and describe the type of results that you can expect.

What Is Involved in Breast Reduction Surgery?

Breast reduction is an outpatient procedure performed under anesthesia.

The incision pattern that Dr. Chapin selects will depend on several factors, including the size of your breasts, the degree to which they sag and the location of your nipples. The most common incision patterns include:

  • Donut incision: made circularly around the border of the areola (dark skin surrounding the nipple)
  • Keyhole/lollipop incision: made around the edge of the areola, extending vertically down to the breast crease
  • Anchor incision: made around the lower edge of the areola, vertically down to the crease of the breast and horizontally along the crease

Through the incision, Dr. Chapin will remove excess tissue and reshape the remaining tissue to create a smaller and firmer breast mound. He will relocate the nipple and areola higher on the breast mound and he may reduce the size of the areola. Then, Dr. Chapin will remove excess skin and re-drape the remaining skin more tightly over the newly shaped breast mound. Finally, he will close the incisions with sutures and place surgical dressings over the breasts.

What Will My Recovery Entail?

Every patient recovers from breast reduction differently. During your recovery, you should focus on letting your body heal at its own pace, and not pushing yourself to return to work or your regular activities until you feel ready.

Initially, your breasts will be sore, swollen and bruised. However, these side effects are temporary and will resolve within a few weeks. To avoid any complications, you should avoid strenuous activities (e.g., bending at the waist, lifting heavy objects) for the first few weeks.

Dr. Chapin will follow up with you several times during your recovery to check your healing progress and clear you to return to work, school, exercise and your daily routine. Generally, most patients are usually back to work within one to three weeks, depending on the physical demands of the job (i.e., an office worker with a sedentary job will return to work faster than a personal trainer).

Schedule a Breast Reduction Consultation

To learn more about how breast reduction can eliminate the physical and psychological discomfort of large breasts, please contact Dr. Chapin for an informational consultation. Email our office or call us at 267-880-0810.