What is Breast Reduction?

Breast reduction is a procedure done to remove excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin from the breasts. This can help to create a more proportionate silhouette, as well as correct discomfort caused by overly large breasts.

Who is a Good Candidate?

Breast reduction candidates are those who are experiencing problems due to too-large-breasts, including back pain, neck aches, skin irritation under the breasts, or grooves in their shoulders due to bra straps. Individuals should be healthy, non-smokers to be considered for this procedure. A consultation with Dr. Howland can help to decide if this procedure is right for you.

What to Expect

The breast reduction procedure is done through incisions on the breasts to remove excess glandular tissue, fat, and skin. Liposuction may be used along with excision to remove excess fat from the breasts. The anchor incision is the most common incision pattern used for breast reduction surgery. This incision is created along the areolar border, vertically down to the breast crease, and horizontally across the breast fold. Excess skin and fat will be removed, and skin is brought together to reshape the breast.


Following breast reduction surgery, patients will need to wear a compression garment to help control swelling. Swelling, redness, and discomfort are expected and can be controlled with pain medication. It is important to follow the specific recovery instructions given to you by Dr. Howland to ensure optimal results. The exact downtime needed will differ from patient to patient, and can be discussed during your consultation.

If you are considering breast reduction surgery in the Salt Lake City or Draper, UT area, contact our office today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Howland.