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Breast Reduction

Breast Reduction

What It Is

If you naturally have heavy, large breasts you may be suffering from physical and psychological burdens. The excessive weight of larger breasts can cause constant shoulder, neck and back pain. Chafing and rashes are also quite common.

Having large breasts can also bring unwanted social attention. Being able to fit stylish clothing and finding a bra that gives you adequate support can also be frustrating. For those of you facing these problems, a breast reduction at McLean Clinic in Mississauga can bring you relief.

Your breast reduction procedure may be eligible for coverage by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) when it is being performed for medically necessary reasons, such as back pain, neck pain, or shoulder grooving.

Treatment Areas

A breast reduction, also known as a reduction mammoplasty is a procedure for women with large, heavy breasts who want to make them smaller and more proportionate to their body. Larger breasts can sag due to aging, weight gain, pregnancy or breastfeeding. Breast reduction surgery removes excess breast tissue and reshapes the breast.

Furthermore, the breast reduction surgery will reduce the size and weight of your breasts simultaneously lifting and reshaping them as well. The nipples will be re-positioned to the centre of the breast and the areolas, the pigmented area surrounding the nipples, will be made smaller. As a whole, a patient may be a good candidate for a breast reduction surgery if they are seeking an improvement in their functionality, aesthetic, or combination of both.

How to Prepare

Breast reductions can be performed on patients at any age. However, McLean Clinic recommends that the surgery should be undertaken only once breast development is complete. This is because factors such as breastfeeding and childbirth can make a significant impact on the size and shape of the breast.

During your one on one consultation in the privacy of the McLean Clinic office in Mississauga, the McLean Clinic team will carefully assess your candidacy for the procedure by checking the size and shape of your breasts, the placement of your nipples and areolas, and the quality of your skin. If you are overweight, we recommend stabilizing your weight before undergoing the procedure.

The breast reduction procedure is performed as day surgery at Dr. McLean’s fully-accredited private cosmetic facility in Mississauga. There is no overnight hospital stay. Dr. McLean does not insert tubes or drains and patients are able to recover comfortably at home. Individually-tailored medication is prescribed to alleviate discomfort.

The cost of a breast reduction varies according to what you and Dr. McLean determine is required to give you the look you want with the best results. Your questions and concerns will be addressed personally by Dr. McLean and his team during an in-depth consultation.

How It Works

Dr. McLean uses the modern technique of vertical reduction surgery for most clients. Incisions will be carefully made, which is then proceeded by the removal of breast tissue, skin, and fat. During this time, the breast will be reshaped and contoured to give a more flattering appearance. This procedure results in a more desirable “lollipop” scar and gives the breast a favourable lift and youthful shape. Liposuction is also used during a McLean Clinic breast reduction. This will contour the area underneath the arms and further define the shape of your new breasts.

Your new and improved silhouette achieved by a McLean Clinic breast reduction in Mississauga will provide you with comfort and improved self-esteem.


Your new and improved silhouette achieved by a McLean Clinic breast reduction in Mississauga will provide you with comfort and improved self-esteem. Breast reductions can alleviate the physical discomfort and pain associated with larger breasts, while also improving the shape and size of them to be brought more in proportion to the rest of your body and frame. For almost all of our patients, this results in a vast improvement in their confidence, self-esteem, and quality of life.

Many women who undergo breast reduction surgery have other areas of concern they would like addressed. Breast reductions are often accompanied by additional liposuction and or a tummy tuck. Clients often opt for a breast reduction or breast lift when undergoing a Mommy Makeover at McLean Clinic.

Aftercare and Recovery

We like to see you the following day post-op to make sure your needs are met and that all is well. A few days after your procedure, you will be able to comfortably move around. You will be given a support bra, which you will be required to wear for a few weeks until the swelling and discolouration in your breasts have subsided. It is usual for your incisions scars to appear red for several months following the surgery until the colour gradually diminishes and looks less apparent. Usually, you can return to work within a week or two and resume normal physical activities such as exercise a few weeks later.

Potential Complications

All surgeries run the risk of potential complications. Although rare, some of the possible complications include infection, bleeding, and a reaction to anesthesia. For an overview of risks and concerns associated with surgery, please click here. Dr. McLean will provide a thorough review of the risk factors that are specific to you and your chosen procedure.

During this procedure, your nipples and areolas will remain attached, which will usually preserve sensation. However, breastfeeding after your breast reduction may be possible although not always guaranteed.

Myths and Facts

One of the biggest myths surrounding breast reductions is that the procedure is done purely for cosmetic reasons. As a matter of fact, most breast reductions are done for medically necessary reasons. Large, heavy breasts are often the source of problems for many, including neck, shoulder, and back pain, rashes under the breasts, and painful indents in the shoulders from bra straps. All of these should be relieved following a breast reduction surgery. With that said, breast reductions can also provide patients with cosmetic benefits as well, including more contoured, perkier breasts as well as better positioned nipples.