A breast reduction is helpful if you have a large or excessive breast size that interferes with normal daily activities or exercise. Large, heavy breasts may cause a variety of difficulties including: back, shoulder, and neck pain; poor posture; rashes underneath the breast in the crease; bra-strap indentations; and/or chafing. A breast reduction in Denver can help overcome these difficulties, as well as provide a more attractive contour and improved self-image. The best candidates for breast reduction are bothered by:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Skin rashes
  • Bra-strap irritation
  • Large, heavy breasts

Before considering breast reduction, you should be at a healthy and stable body weight. You should also be a non-smoker, with realistic expectations about the outcome.


This procedure, performed under a general anesthesia, usually takes about 2-4 hours (but can be as long as 6 in some cases) and is performed on an outpatient basis. It is very similar to mastopexy (breast lift), but more breast tissue and skin are removed. Dr. Hunsicker and Dr. Nguyen typically use the common anchor-shaped incision. In some circumstances, Dr. Hunsicker or Dr. Nguyen can perform a breast reduction using LipoSelection by Vaser. This technique may be an option for some women who are concerned about the scarring of a traditional breast reduction. Please see our Vaser LipoSelection section for more information on this technique.


Also known as reduction mammaplasty, breast reduction surgery removes excess breast fat, glandular tissue, and skin to achieve a breast size in proportion with your body and to alleviate the discomfort associated with overly large breasts.

The weight of excess breast tissue can impair your ability to lead an active life. The emotional discomfort and self-consciousness often associated with having large breasts is as important an issue to many women as the physical discomfort and pain.

Breast reduction in Denver can resolve problems such as:

  • Feeling that your breasts are too large
  • Breasts limiting your physical activity
  • Back, neck, and shoulder pain
  • Indentations from bra straps
  • Skin irritation beneath the breasts
  • Low-hanging breasts with stretched skin
  • Nipples resting below the breast crease
  • Enlarged areolas caused by stretched skin.

The risks of breast reduction vary from patient to patient, and all surgery involves some inherent risks. Denver plastic surgeon Dr. Hunsicker and Dr. Nguyen can review some of the most common concerns for breast reduction surgery at your consultation appointment, once the two of you have had a chance to discuss your individual health history.

You will likely experience some swelling and bruising of your breasts. Medication will help with the discomfort after surgery. In addition, it will be important to maintain good wound care to help your incisions to heal well. You should expect to have lifting and physical activity restrictions for 4-6 weeks. You should plan for a week of downtime prior to returning to work. The Revalla staff will discuss your specific post-operative instructions at your pre-op appointment and again at your follow-up appointment the day after your surgery. Patients usually wear a special surgical bra for a few weeks following the procedure.


Dr. Lisa M. Hunsicker has been practicing plastic surgery since 1995. Since 2001, Revalla Plastic Surgery has been providing patients in the Denver area with excellent, individualized cosmetic surgery results. We encourage you to call us for a personal consultation with Dr. Hunsicker and Dr. Nguyen. Contact us at
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