How you prepare

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Initially, you'll consult with a plastic surgeon about breast reduction surgery. During your first visit, your plastic surgeon will likely:

  • Evaluate your medical history and overall health
  • Discuss your expectations for breast size and appearance after the surgery
  • Provide a detailed description of the procedure and its risks and benefits, including likely scarring and possible loss of sensation
  • Examine and measure your breasts
  • Take photographs of your breasts for your medical record
  • Explain the type of anesthesia used during surgery
  • Discuss cost and insurance considerations

Before breast reduction surgery, you might also be asked to:

  • Complete various lab tests
  • Get a baseline mammogram
  • Stop smoking for a certain period of time
  • Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements

Ask your surgeon whether you'll be able to go home the day of the surgery or whether you'll need to spend a night in the hospital. In either case, make plans for someone to drive you home after surgery and stay with you as you begin to recover.

Oct. 08, 2011