What is Breast Reduction Surgery?

Also referred to as “reduction mammoplasty”, breast reduction is a surgical procedure in which excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin are removed from the breasts to decrease their overall size. Most women choose this surgery because of the emotional and physical discomfort that can sometimes come with large, heavy breasts. With breast reduction, women can remove these sources of stress and anxiety from their life. 

Who is Breast Reduction For?

Nearly any woman who is unhappy with the size of her breasts or who experiences significant physical discomfort because of them is a potential candidate for a breast reduction procedure. All candidates must be in good health and have realistic expectations for the outcome of the procedure.

An Empowering Procedure: The Benefits of Breast Reduction

Breast reduction surgery can be incredibly empowering. Often, large breasts carry with them a great deal of both mental and physical stress. The weight of larger breasts can often cause chronic back, neck, and shoulder pain that is almost impossible to alleviate completely.

Large breasts can also make a woman feel like she appears overweight, can impact activities, and can make buying clothes a challenge. In addition, attracting unwanted attention because of large breasts can be socially stressful for many women. A breast reduction can give a woman control of her appearance back.

Dr. Ramirez Gavidia: A Holistic Approach

Dr. Ramirez Gavidia is well known for his holistic approach to aesthetic procedures. Rather than just focusing on one area, his goal is to achieve a balanced, consistent result by combining procedures. He never just delivers one service. Instead, he delivers comprehensive and holistic rejuvenation.

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Surgery Details

During the breast reduction procedure, you will be administered anesthesia. Once the anesthesia has taken effect, Dr. Ramirez Gavidia will create an incision around the areola.

Excess tissue and fat are then carefully removed through the incision. Once this has been successfully removed, any excess skin around the breasts is carefully excised.


While most women can return to work after 10-14 days following a breast reduction, contact with the breasts should remain gentle for at least 4-6 weeks after surgery. You may experience tightness, bruising, stiffness, soreness, or a rash in the treated area. You can also expect to wear a surgical bra for two weeks, and you’ll need to avoid heavy lifting and strenuous activities until we clear you to continue. This is typically six weeks. 

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Breast Reduction Candidates

  • Have breasts that are fully developed
  • Have finished breastfeeding
  • Are experiencing pain of the neck, shoulders, or back due to breast size
  • Cannot effectively perform specific activities due to breast size
  • Are unhappy with the appearance of their overly large breasts
  • Find it difficult to find clothing that fits due to breast size 
  • Are non-smokers in good health
  • Understand that they won’t be able to have a mammogram for six months after the procedure

Why Choose Dr. Ramirez Gavidia? 

Dr. J. Roberto Ramirez Gavidia is a double board-certified aesthetic surgeon of the face, body, and breast who is considered by many to be the top plastic surgeon in the greater Nashville area. With a unique view of the artistic side of plastic surgery, Dr. Ramirez Gavidia approaches his procedures like a sculptor, and has his own innovative style that patients love. 

He is set apart by this artistry, as well as his unique holistic philosophy, technique, and — most importantly — his results. Dr. Ramirez Gavidia is proud to provide female patients with a wide variety of breast surgeries, including breast reduction. For more information or to schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Ramirez Gavidia, we welcome you to contact us today. 

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