Suver – Breast Reduction

photos courtesy of Daniel Suver, MD, FACS, Plastic Surgeons of Alaska

*all of the following reductions were performed via techniques designed to preserve blood supply and sensation to the nipple.  The ability to breastfeed is usually not affected.  “Free nipple grafts” which eliminate sensation and the ability to breastfeed are reserved for extreme cases and are rarely required.

A typical breast reduction will take about 2.5 hours to complete.  Patients often describe this procedure as life changing, as it opens up so much in the way of activity and is so successful at eliminating or reducing pain.  Postoperative outcomes are improved further by several courses of physical therapy to improve posture and core strength.  

The success rate in eliminating or decreasing back and neck pain is >95%, which is among the best success rates of *any* surgical procedure used to treat pain.

Please call for a consultation to discuss whether you may be a candidate.


Breast Reduction

This 23 year old woman suffered from severe neck, shoulder, and upper back pain since adolescence.  Her large breasts made it difficult to run or jump and be as physically active as she desired.  I treated her with breast reduction.  As is my standard, only a portion of the breast is removed, and the nipple and areola are kept connected to the remaining breast tissue.  This usually allows a woman to retain sensation in the nipple, and allows for breastfeeding in the future.

The patient has had total resolution of her pain, and is thrilled with the results. Scars are still pink in these three month results, but will continue to fade over the next year.




This mother developed large, heavy, pendulous breasts after having children.  She had constant neck and back pain which made it hard to bounce or jump, let alone run for fitness.  She underwent breast reduction, using a method to keep the nipple and areola connected to the remaining breast tissue.  Her nipple sensation is preserved.  At this 2 month followup appointment she reports a complete elimination of her neck and back pain, and she is excited to now be able to run again and exercise wearing a standard sports bra.  She is pleased with the new shape and volume of her breasts.  She says she couldn’t be happier.

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Breast Reduction 

This young woman has had deflationary changes of her breasts after multiple pregnancies.  She wanted her large breasts reduced in weight, and also lifted.  I performed a breast reduction and breast lift to restore her breasts to a more graceful, youthful position.  The nipples were kept connected to the breast tissue, which increases the chance of normal sensation and even breastfeeding.  The reduction in weight has led to resolution of her upper back and neck pain.  These six week results still demonstrate scars that will likely fade with time.  The breasts will also continue to soften in shape over the next several months, becoming more full through the inferior half as they settle.

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This middle aged mother desired aggressive breast reduction to maximize the chance of pain relief.  Her reduction was performed maintaining the connection of the nipple to the underlying breast tissue to increase the chance of nipple sensation.

These 6 week postoperative photos demonstrate early pink scars and a youthful breast shape.  She has had resolution of her neck and back pain, and is eager to take advantage of her newly slimmed upper body.

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Breast reduction does not always have to be so dramatic to effect change.

This middle aged woman had suffered from nagging shoulder and upper back pain for years.  She wanted a breast reduction to decrease her discomfort, but she still wanted larger breasts to match her frame.  I performed a more moderate reduction, again, through a technique that preserves the connection of the nipples to the breast in order to try to maintain sensation.  Luckily, rather than just a decrease, she has had complete elimination of her pain, and she continues to have good nipple sensation.  Scars from these 4 month results will continue to fade over the first year.

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Breast Reduction photos courtesy of Daniel Suver, MD, FACS, Plastic Surgeons of Alaska