Successful breast reduction surgery can relieve pain in your upper back, neck and shoulders. It might also increase your ability to participate in physical activities and promote a more positive self-image.

Although you'll see results immediately, remember that it can take months for the swelling to completely subside and the surgical scars to fade. The final result is generally permanent — although breast shape and size can change due to factors such as aging and weight gain or loss.

If you're not happy with your results, talk to your surgeon. In some cases, another surgical procedure might be needed to help you achieve optimal results.

Oct. 08, 2011