Breast reduction is usually performed for enlarged breasts (macromastia), but may also be indicated by:
- cystic breast infections (polycystic mastitis)
- back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, breast pain, or headaches
- loss of sensation in the breasts, arms, or fingers
- sleeping problems or poor posture resulting from large breasts
- pigmented bra-strap groove
- striae (scarlike lines) on the breasts
Mammograms (breast X-rays) and a routine breast exam are required before surgery.