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Breast Reduction Surgery In Toronto

Breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammoplasty, is a procedure that can help reduce the size of your breasts.

Your plastic surgeon will make an incision around the areola and remove excess skin, fat and glandular tissue from your breasts. He or she will then reshape and contour the remaining breast tissue.

You’ll need to take it easy for a few weeks after surgery, but many women are able to return to work within a week or two.

Breast Reduction Surgery In Toronto

Breast Reduction

At the Toronto practice of Dr. Derek Ford, breast reduction is an especially rewarding procedure for both doctor and patient. Women who consider surgery to reduce the size and weight of their breasts often come to the office after years of emotional and physical discomfort, and they report a near-immediate improvement in back, neck, and shoulder pain. Best of all, the results of breast reduction are typically long-lasting, meaning that these women can enjoy their renewed comfort and mobility for life.

How Do I Know If I Am A Candidate For Breast Reduction?

Breast reduction may be appropriate for you if any of the following apply to you:

  • Your breasts appear disproportionately large compared to the rest of your body
  • The weight of your breasts causes back, neck, head, or shoulder pain
  • Your nipples and areolas point downward or extend well beyond the breast crease
  • One breast is significantly larger than the other
  • The size of your breasts makes you feel self-conscious
  • The size of your breasts affects your enjoyment of certain physical activities and makes it difficult to find clothes that fit
  • You experience chronic or recurring skin irritation beneath your breasts

Dr. Ford has performed breast reduction on patients of all ages, from their mid-teens to their 70s. In general, your underlying health is a more significant consideration than your age.

How Much Does It Cost To Have A Breast Reduction?

Breast reduction by Toronto plastic surgeon Dr. Ford is priced at $10,450.

*Price excludes taxes

Is Breast Reduction Covered In Ontario?

If you’re experiencing significant physical symptoms due to the size of your breasts, breast reduction surgery may be covered by your provincial health plan. Typically, a patient will need to first visit her family practitioner and obtain a referral for plastic surgery. Once you have obtained the necessary referral, you may schedule a consultation with Dr. Ford. If you have private insurance, your process may be different.

Surgical breast reduction has one of the highest patient satisfaction rates of any elective procedure.

Your Breast Reduction Consultation

Surgical breast reduction has one of the highest patient satisfaction rates of any elective procedure. A significant part of its success is due to the fact that the surgery treats physical symptoms as well as emotional discomfort. Very often, Dr. Ford’s breast reduction patients have struggled for years with excessively large, heavy, pendulous breasts.

Your consultation is an important opportunity to share your feelings about your breasts with Dr. Ford and discuss your ultimate goals. Keep in mind that it’s difficult to plan a surgery around a desired cup size. Instead, Dr. Ford works with you to plan a customized result based on your own unique proportions. He examines your breasts and documents your measurements, any existing asymmetry, nipple inversion, and other characteristics of your breasts. He notes the width of your breasts as well as lateral (side) fullness, which may also benefit from reduction.

During this appointment, you also discuss the steps of your surgery and your projected recuperation. Dr. Ford values transparency, so he also discusses potential complications and your own personal risk assessment.

Your Breast Reduction Procedure

Dr. Ford performs breast reduction surgery while you are under general anesthesia. It is an outpatient procedure, so an overnight stay is not typically required. The surgery generally takes about 2½ hours to complete. Before surgery, Dr. Ford makes marks on your breasts to help guide him during the procedure. Once you are anesthetized and surgery has begun, he staples your breast skin along a line drawn from your breast fold to your nipple and marks the area. He marks a new planned nipple and areola location before removing the staples. He injects the breast with a special fluid that causes the tissue to swell and prevents excessive bleeding.

He makes incisions around the new areola and along the vertical marks. He removes breast tissue primarily from the bottom and centre of the breast. He elevates the upper layers of breast tissue from the chest wall to a higher position on the chest. He repositions the nipple and areola without detaching it from its blood supply. In some cases, he reduces lateral breast tissue using suction-assisted liposuction.

Once both breasts have been treated and Dr. Ford has evaluated their symmetry, he inserts a soft silicone drainage tube into the surgical pockets to reduce fluid accumulation. He closes the incisions with dissolvable sutures and covers them with skin tape, which is removed after about 1 week.

Recuperating After Breast Reduction Surgery

You will likely be able to return home the day of surgery with the help of a friend or loved one. For the first couple of days, you’ll need to rest as much as possible. Soreness and pain are manageable with prescribed medications. You may shower as normal once Dr. Ford removes your drains, typically during a follow-up appointment between 2 and 5 days after your surgery. However, you’ll need to abstain from heavy lifting and vigorous activity for at least 2 weeks after surgery. You may resume upper-body exercise 6 weeks after surgery. You will also need to wear a soft, non-underwire bra during this time.

Cosmetic Breast Reduction (Mammoplasty) in Toronto

Dr. Bray at SpaMedica offers cosmetic breast reduction surgery for patients with disproportionately large breasts. This procedure is performed within SpaMedica’s state-of-the-art surgical suites.


Starts at $11,999

Procedure Time

3 hours

Recovery Time

2-3 weeks

How Much Does a Breast Reduction Cost?

The cost of a breast reduction starts at $11,999.

How Long Does It Take to Recover from a Breast Reduction?

It takes 2-3 weeks to recover from the procedure.

How Long Does a Breast Reduction Take?

It takes 3 hours to perform a breast reduction.

What Is a Breast Reduction?

A breast reduction is a surgical procedure used to remove excess glandular tissue, fat, and skin. A cosmetic breast reduction procedure improved the aesthetic balance and proportion of your figure. The procedure makes the breasts proportionate and alleviates the pain and discomfort caused by large, heavy breasts.

A breast reduction is suited for people who experience physical and emotional distress due to the size of their breasts. Physical issues include back and shoulder pain. If you’re in good overall health and ready for a life with proportionate breasts, this procedure may be right for you.

Who Is a Breast Reduction Candidate?

Many women with disproportionately large breasts are candidates for breast reduction surgery. Ideal candidates for a breast reduction:

  • Are physically healthy and do not like the cosmetic appearance of their large breasts.
  • Are limited in what they can do due to the size of their breasts.
  • Have indentions on their shoulders from bra straps.
  • Experience irritation under the breast crease.
  • Are non-smokers.

If you aren’t a good candidate for a breast reduction, review the nonsurgical treatments available at SpaMedica.

Benefits of a Breast Reduction

Smaller and Shapelier Breasts
Breast reduction surgery results in smaller and shapelier breasts. This makes it easier for women to confidently purchase and wear form-fitting clothes.

Improved Mobility
Overly large breasts make it difficult to move. Many women avoid physical activities because the size of their breasts holds them back. After undergoing breast reduction surgery, women feel lighter and more agile.

Less Strain on the Body
Aches and pains are common for women who have large breasts. These aches and pains typically go away following breast reduction surgery. The breasts no longer put stress on the body, so women feel so much better.

Positive Self-Image
Women are amazed by how much better they feel about themselves following a breast reduction surgery. They have a newfound positive self-image, and it shows every time they go out.

Breast Reduction Risks

Like every procedure, breast reduction surgery comes with a small chance of potential complications. The best thing patients can do to minimize the likelihood of complications is to select a trusted surgeon. The team at SpaMedica has years of experience performing breast reductions and have not seen the risks associated with the procedure: 

Hematomas and Infections
Hematomas (small blood collections under the skin of the surgery site) and infections are possible with all surgical procedures. Patients with these complications will be treated by Dr. Bray and the SpaMedica team. 

Anesthesia Complications
While rare, some patients experience anesthesia complications. Dr. Bray will review your medical history to ensure you are a good fit for anesthesia. He and the team at SpaMedica will also monitor you during and after the procedure.

Asymmetrical Breasts
Breast asymmetry is possible after a breast reduction. Often, the breasts look asymmetrical immediately following the procedure, but the asymmetry goes away once the swelling dissipates. However, in some cases, this is a permanent result.

Loss of Nipple Sensation
Patients can lose nipple sensation after undergoing breast reduction surgery. This is often temporary, but some patients permanently lose sensation.

Why Choose SpaMedica for a Breast Reduction?

Dr. Bell has been committed to providing his patients with a high-quality service that combines skilled work and personalized care. His 25+ years of experience make him an expert in cosmetic plastic surgery for both faces and bodies. He strives not only on skill but also respect shown by all staff members towards each individual client’s needs.

Dr. Bell is a world-renowned plastic surgeon who has personally trained 15 other doctors in the art of aesthetically pleasing, cosmetic procedures. He’s also an invited visiting professor  in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery at many university programs around the globe.

Non-Surgical Breast Reduction Alternatives

BreastTite and Bodytite liposuction can be minimally invasive options to traditional cosmetic breast reduction surgery.

How is a Breast Reduction Performed by Dr. Tom Bell?

Before beginning surgery, Dr. Bell will work with the patient to plan their reduction. The reduction is then marked out carefully. The cosmetic breast reduction patient is put under anesthesia, via general or IV sedation. Once the patient is sedated, Dr. Bell will make the incisions. The lollipop incision is the most common type, as it minimizes scarring. The surgeon makes an incision around the areola and then makes a vertical incision down to the bottom of the breast. However, those with very large breasts may require an anchor-shaped incision at the top and bottom of the breast.

Next, Dr. Bell repositions the nipple. The nipple is still attached to the nerve and blood supply during this process. However, if the breasts are extremely large, the cosmetic surgeon might need to remove the nipple and transplant it to its new position. This is called a free nipple graft.

Once the nipple is in position, Dr. Bell might need to reduce the areola by removing skin around the perimeter. Then, the surgeon removes excess breast tissue and lifts and shapes the breast. Finally, the surgeon closes the incisions with sutures.

How to Prepare for a Breast Reduction

Patients must prepare before getting a breast reduction surgery. Dr. Bray provides patients with specific instructions. General preparations include:

  • Lab testing
  • Medical evaluation
  • Undergoing a baseline mammogram
  • Quitting smoking
  • Avoiding anti-inflammatory drugs

What to Expect After a Breast Reduction

Patients experience a moderate level of pain following a breast reduction. The pain dissipates within approximately one week. At this time, women notice the results of the procedure. Their breasts are smaller, firmer, and in an ideal position.

Breast Reduction Recovery and Timeline

Day 1: Patients are sent home with a support bra and light dressings. The sports bra needs to be worn for 2-3 weeks following the recovery procedure.

Weeks 1-2: Patients experience some discomfort following the procedure. They can take oral medication to minimize the discomfort. While it’s important to walk following the procedure, they cannot resume most light activities for 7-10 days.

Weeks 2-3: Patients go back to SpaMedica to have the sutures removed. Patients can typically resume normal activities after the follow-up visit.

Patients need to eat a healthy diet following the procedure. This helps them maintain the results.

Best Procedures Paired with Breast Reduction

Liposuction, fat grafting and tummy tuck surgery are best paired with cosmetic breast reduction surgery.

How Painful Is It to Get a Breast Reduction?

Women can expect a moderate level of pain following the procedure. The pain is controlled with oral medication.

Will I Have Scars After a Breast Reduction?

Scarring is normal after a breast reduction procedure. However, scarring can be minimized in most cases, with complementary SpaMedica post-op laser and scar treatments.

Will My Nipple Be Removed During a Breast Reduction?

Dr. Bray repositions the nipple during the breast reduction procedure. The nipple is moved into a higher position. While the nipple usually remains attached to the blood supply, the surgeon has to remove and transplant the nipple when the breasts are extremely large.

How Small Will My Breast Be After a Breast Reduction?

The size following a reduction depends on breast composition, size, and patient goals. Dr. Bray will consult with you to determine the desired outcome. Cup sizes vary from one manufacturer to the next, so instead of focusing on cup sizes, plastic surgeons consider skin measurements when providing the expected outcome. 

Is a Breast Reduction Permanent?

The surgery is permanent. However, if you gain weight, your breasts will get bigger. They will not get back to their original size, though.

Will Sensitivity Be Affected After a Breast Reduction?

It is possible to lose nipple sensitivity following breast reduction surgery. While this is often temporary, it is permanent in some cases.

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