Breast Reduction


Large breasts can present cosmetic and physical complications for many patients. A breast reduction is an excellent option for women who desire a smaller breast size in order to achieve a desired aesthetic goal or minimize physical discomfort.  In consultation with Dr. Aya-ay, patients can determine whether a breast reduction is the procedure best suited to their needs.

What is Breast Reduction?

A reduction mammoplasty, also known as a breast reduction, is a procedure that is used to reduce the volume and size of the breasts. The breast skin is tailored, and the nipple and areola are elevated to provide a more youthful breast shape. Large breasts, or macromastia, can cause symptoms such as neck and back pain, shoulder strap grooving, postural problems, and rashes. A breast reduction will often result in improvement if not resolution of these symptoms.

Melanie L. Aya-ay, M.D.


Dr. Melanie Aya-ay is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Tampa Bay with over 15 years of plastic surgery experience specializing in cosmetic surgery, reconstructive breast surgery and minimally invasive techniques for facial and body rejuvenation.  She is known for her skill and excellence in revision surgery, specifically for difficult breast surgery revisions.  Dr. Aya-ay is an Allergan Medical Institute (AMI) National Trainer for Facial Aesthetics and AMI National Speaker for Plastic and Regenerative Medicine.  She is honored to be the first female surgeon to hold this dual faculty position with Allergan.

Dr. Aya-ay is the CEO and owner of Melanie L. Aya-ay, MD Plastic Surgery as well as Vivia MedSpa, an elite luxury medical spa in North Tampa.  Her practice and her team have been built on the values of honesty, integrity, education, safety, and providing comprehensive aesthetic care with natural results.  Your consultation with Dr. Aya-ay will be an educational experience so that you can be assured that you are making the choices that are best for you. Our staff will provide all the assistance needed to help you navigate through the process for a successful Plastic Surgery experience.


Breast Reduction Procedure

There are different techniques that may be used for breast reduction. In most cases, an incision is made around the areola, from the areola to the inframammary fold or crease, and then along the inframammary crease. Skin and excess breast tissue are removed, the nipple and areola are elevated, and the areola is often downsized. The breast is then reshaped. In general, patient satisfaction is very high with this procedure because it not only improves or eliminates the patient’s symptoms, but also corrects the sagging of the breasts and creates a more aesthetic breast shape.

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Breast Reduction Recovery and Aftercare

During the recovery period, the patient will have activity limitations in order to decrease the risk of postoperative complications. The patient will have a dressing in place and either an ace wrap bandage or a surgical bra. There will be sutures in place that require suture removal. Postoperative medications may include an antibiotic, pain medication, and anti-nausea medication to be used as needed. Dr. Aya-ay and her staff will review the postoperative instructions with you at your consultation and again at your preoperative visit to ensure that you are comfortable with your postoperative care.

Schedule a Consultation

To learn more about breast reduction or other potential options, schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Aya-ay. A consultation is a chance to collaborate to decide what procedure or treatment would be best suited for you and your needs. To schedule your consultation appointment, contact our Tampa office today.

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