Breast reduction

For women with uncomfortably large breasts

Duke plastic surgeons reduce the size and volume of overly large breasts in women. Research shows that breast reduction procedures have a positive psychological and emotional impact on your wellbeing by improving your self-image and self esteem.

When to consider breast reduction surgery

Breast reduction surgery will give you far more than just smaller, firmer breasts. If you have overly large breasts, the excessive weight may result in back and neck pain, skin irritation, skeletal deformities and breathing problems. Men with abnormally enlarged breasts, a condition called gynecomastia, also consider breast reduction surgery. Depending on your individual condition, breast reduction (also known as mammoplasty) can help you achieve significant relief from many physical and emotional discomforts. The procedure can offer you a new sense of freedom in your exercise and physical activities, and open your wardrobe to a greater variety of clothing styles.

Choose Duke for your breast reduction because we offer:

  • Respected surgeons. Our plastic surgeons share their experience by teaching advanced breast surgical techniques to doctors across the country and around the world. Our combined skill and leadership means you work with some of the most knowledgeable and experienced breast surgeons in the U.S.
  • Size and shape matters. We work closely with you to understand your breast anatomy, skin elasticity and body type before recommending whether breast reduction will give you the results you seek.
  • Personalized treatment recommendation. Our plastic surgeons help you understand what is involved, and help you make a decision that is right for you. Many factors, including medical concerns, and whether you plan to have children, are important considerations. We help you understand your options, and ensure the timing of your surgery is appropriate.


Techniques for breast reduction vary, and the ideal method for your breast reduction will be determined by a combination of your anatomy, your surgeon’s preferences, and your desired results.

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