A before and after breast lift / reduction outcome by Dr. Zuckerman 1yr post-op. For more of Dr. Zuckerman's breast reduction before & after images, visit the full Before & After Page.

A before and after breast lift / reduction outcome by Dr. Zuckerman 1yr post-op. For more of Dr. Zuckerman's breast reduction before & after images, visit the full Before & After Page.

Breast reduction surgery is a very rewarding procedure for Dr. Zuckerman that can help both women and men alike to rid themselves of the debilitating and sometimes embarrassing effects of overly large breasts.  His breast reduction patients often first come to visit Dr. Zuckerman when the problems associated with their large breasts become bothersome. Dr. Zuckerman can help you attain breasts that are a more comfortable size and are more flattering to your overall appearance. Dr. Zuckerman focuses on breast surgery procedures. His commitment is to safe, effective breast reduction procedures and an outcome that makes you look and feel better than you imagined.

Click to view each section in the breast reduction surgery guide below for more detail about the procedure. Or, if you're ready for your breast reduction surgery consultation with Dr. Zuckerman, contact Dr. Zuckerman's offices today.

The Surgery

Through breast reduction surgery, Dr. Zuckerman can help you alleviate a number of concerns related to having overly large breasts, including:

  • Excessive sagging or drooping
  • Back, shoulder, and neck pain
  • Self-consciousness
  • Indentations caused by the bra-strap
  • Inability to wear certain types of clothing

The goal of breast reduction surgery is to correct these and other issues you may be experiencing because of breasts that are too large and having an effect on your appearance, self-esteem, and general comfort. Some cases of breast reduction surgery to be covered by health insurance if certain medical criteria are met. Dr. Zuckerman's staff will assist you with contacting your insurance representative to determine if your policy covers or partially covers breast reduction procedures.

For men who are affected by overly large breasts, male breast reduction surgery (gynecomastia), is also available. Dr. Zuckerman can provide effective breast reduction for men who are experiencing this common condition.

Breast reduction surgery is typically for those patients whose breasts are fully developed. Patients with certain medical conditions and those who are intending to breastfeed can discuss their options with Dr. Zuckerman at the initial breast reduction surgery consultation.

During breast reduction surgery, Dr. Zuckerman removes excess tissue, fat, and extra skin. A breast reduction also reposition and improve the appearance of the areola, the dark-pigmented skin surrounding the nipple. By trimming tissue from the areola, Dr. Zuckerman's breast lift can also reduce the size of the nipple.

There are three main techniques, or incision patterns, that Dr. Zuckerman uses in his breast reductions. The decision of which incision to use depends on the amount of breast tissue to be removed. He most commonly uses the Circumvertical incision pattern. Sometimes, liposuction is necessary in breast reduction procedures to eliminate excess fat from the armpit area. In some cases, liposuction alone may be the only technique necessary for breast reduction.

The entire breast reduction procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia and lasts from two to four hours. Breast reduction surgery can be performed on an out-patient basis, in one of Dr. Zuckerman's state of the art operating rooms in midtown Manhattan.  These new rooms are accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF), a distinction signifying the highest standard of care.  Operating facilities are fully staffed and equipped for breast surgery procedures, including breast reduction.


Dr. Zuckerman's plastic surgery team will fit you with a surgical bra designed to bind the breasts for a few days after surgery. This should facilitate the healing process and help to ensure the best results. If necessary, some patients may be provided drainage tubes to remove any excess fluid. Stitches are typically removed after one week, unless dissolvable stitches are used in which case no removal is necessary. A post-surgical bra must be worn for about a month after the procedure to ensure proper healing. Patients can expect some discomfort, swelling, and bruising after breast reduction surgery. These side effects can be alleviated with medication. Normal daily routines can generally be resumed after about two weeks, although heavy lifting and strenuous activities should be avoided for at least three to four weeks after the procedure. Only the most advanced techniques are employed by Dr. Zuckerman, and every effort will be made to minimize scars ensuring that any residual scarring can often be easily hidden by undergarments.


Dr. Zuckerman will take every precaution to ensure your safety and the success of your procedure. All risks and benefits will be discussed with you at your initial consultation, and Dr. Zuckerman will be happy to address any and all concerns you may have. Breast reduction surgery is a very common procedure and is extraordinarily safe, but all surgery carries some risk, however low, of complication. Below are a few: 

  • Wound breakdown
  • Alterations in nipple or breast sensation
  • Hypertrophic, raised, scarring
  • Bleeding or hematoma formation
  • Infection of the incision sites
  • Remaining breast asymmetry
  • Fat necrosis

Before & After Results

View more Before & After results for breast augmentation in the Before & After section of Dr. Zuckerman's website.

Ready for your consultation?

Are you ready for your consultation with Dr. Zuckerman? During your consultation, Dr. Zuckerman can address any concerns or questions that you may have about the surgery. He will also discuss with you the details of his approach: incision location(s), procedure length and techniques, likely operative outcome, etc. Contact his office via the request form or call any of his four physical office locations. Dr. Zuckerman also offers consultations via Skype and a process for out-of-town patients to visit New York to have surgery.