Breast Reduction

Women can develop large breasts as the result of aging, hormone changes, or genetics. In some cases, the size of their breasts can become a concern, causing:

  • Shoulder, back, and neck pain.
  • Shoulder grooving and rashes under the skin.
  • Poor posture and trouble finding clothes that fit well.
  • Limitations in activities such as sports or working out.
  • A “matronly appearance” women may feel is unattractive.
  • Self-consciousness from the attention their breasts draw.

Breast reduction surgery can address these issues and help in cases where diet and exercise may have failed. As a plastic surgeon, I use the procedure not just to reduce the size of the breasts but also to create the most attractive appearance possible.


Breast Reduction Surgery Gender: Female Description: This is a 16 year old female with overly large breasts. She complains of back pain, neck pain, headaches, shoulder grooving, poor posture and difficulty doing a self breast exam due to the size of here breasts. She had a breast reduction.

Breast Reduction Surgery Gender: Female Description: This is a 16 year old female with overly large breasts. She complains of back pain, neck pain, headaches, shoulder grooving, poor posture and difficulty doing a self breast exam due to the size of here breasts. She had a breast reduction.


My Approach to Breast Reduction

The breast reduction I conduct is more of a breast reshaping. Through consultation with patients and based on my years of experience, I revise the breasts to a smaller size that works well with the patients’ frame.

Changes in medical insurance mean that some doctors have an incentive to surgically complete a breast reduction as quickly as possible. However, I believe that attention to detail is more important than attention to the bottom line. That’s why I take the time necessary to ensure that:

  • Breasts are smaller, lifted, and made less wide. A pretty shape and proportional contour are my top goals.
  • The results are appropriately round and shapely. Big breasts also tend to be broad, so it’s important to make them both shorter and narrower for an attractive curve.
  • The glandular tissue has the support it needs to prevent drooping in the future.

What You Can Expect with Breast Reduction

Plastic Surgical Associates of Fort Collins provides an in-house suite of operating rooms. We are fully accredited by AAAASF and use only board-certified anesthesiologists and ACLS licensed support staff.

Patients receive general anesthesia to stay comfortable during surgery. When I perform a breast reduction, I:

  • Lift the skin and revise and reposition the gland.
  • Shape the resized breast to have a round, natural-looking contour.
  • Give the breast greater support by connecting it to the stronger, deeper-level fascia.

Adding this support can keep the breast in its proper position, even when a patient is lying down. It also can provide more lift and perkiness as the patient ages.

Recovery from Breast Reduction

Most of my patients say that they don’t experience much pain in recovery. Improving their original symptoms, like shoulder and back pain, outweighs this temporary discomfort. Also, patients don’t need to use painkillers for an extended period of time because the procedure is at the skin and subcutaneous levels, where the body requires less time to heal.

To prevent bleeding and infection, I recommend that patients restrict their arm movement until they have healed properly. Most should wait 7-10 days before returning to office work and 6-8 weeks before heavy physical activity. Following these instructions promotes a healthier recovery and can limit scarring after the procedure.

If you are experiencing physical or personal discomfort related to your breasts, talk with Dr. Duncan about breast reduction surgery. Schedule your initial consultation by calling (970) 493-7445.