A breast reduction always includes a breast lift where the nipple is repositioned to a higher, more normal position. Tissue is left around the nipple to preserve blood supply and usually preserve most sensation, but the diameter of the areola is often decreased. The patient usually ends up with a scar around the nipple-areolar complex, a vertical scar and a scar in the crease of the breasts. The patient awakes in a soft dressing, and a surgical bra. Patients are usually allowed to shower the day following surgery and discomfort generally is limited to a tight, engorged feeling. Sutures are absorbable, and we rarely place drain tubes. The recovery time for a breast reduction often depends upon the size of the breasts.