Who Is a Candidate for a Breast Reduction?

Ideal candidates for breast reduction in Raleigh & Cary, NC with Dr. Anu Antony are experiencing:

  • Neck, back, and shoulder pain due to the weight of their breasts.
  • Skin irritation beneath the breast crease.
  • Restricted activity due to breast size.
  • Self-consciousness or emotional discomfort.
  • Difficulties in finding clothing and bras that fit.
  • An unbalanced, top-heavy figure.
  • Deep grooves in the shoulders due to breast weight.

What is the Breast Reduction Procedure?


Dr. Antony will thoroughly assess your breast health, discuss your aesthetic and functional goals, and speak with you about the procedure in detail.


The surgery is performed under general anesthesia to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure.


Dr. Antony uses incision patterns suited to your specific needs, including a circular pattern around the areola, a keyhole pattern around the areola, and vertically down to the breast crease, or an inverted T or anchor pattern.

Removal of Tissue

Excess breast fat, glandular tissue, and skin are removed to reduce the breast size.


The remaining tissue and skin are lifted and reshaped, and the nipples and areolas are often repositioned to the center of the newly-reshaped breasts.


Incisions are closed with sutures, skin adhesives, or surgical tape.

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Recovery and Aftercare: Breast Reduction Surgery

Post-operative care is crucial for recovery. Patients wear a support bra to minimize swelling and support the breasts as they heal. Most patients return to work and regular activity within two weeks, although strenuous exercise should be avoided for at least a month. Dr. Antony provides detailed post-operative instructions and schedules follow-up visits to monitor your healing and progress after breast reduction surgery in the Raleigh & Cary, NC area.

Breast Reduction Recovery Timeline

Day One

On the day of your surgery at Antony Institute of Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery, you will receive comprehensive care in our state-of-the-art facility until you are ready to be discharged. You must arrange for someone to drive you home and assist you during the first day after your surgery. Upon returning home, we recommend resting comfortably with pillows supporting your back and arms to ease discomfort. Keep necessary medications within easy reach and apply ice packs to your breasts as directed to help reduce swelling.

First Week

Some chest discomfort, bruising, and swelling are expected in the initial days following your procedure. These symptoms are part of the healing process, and your breasts will begin to settle into their new shape over the next few weeks. Most patients find they can return to non-strenuous work within 5 to 7 days, depending on their healing and the duties at work. 

Six Weeks

Avoid heavy lifting and strenuous activities throughout the first six weeks to ensure optimal healing. Dr. Anu Antony will schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your recovery and ensure everything is progressing as expected. These check-ins are vital to assess your healing and adjust your recovery plan.

One Year

A year after your surgery, you should see the full benefits of your breast reduction. Any residual swelling and bruising should be resolved, and your scars will have faded considerably, becoming far less noticeable. Patients typically report significant improvement in physical comfort and appearance, enjoying a more proportionate and aesthetically pleasing figure.

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