Breast augmentation (implants) is the number one cosmetic surgical procedure for women [source: American Society of Plastic Surgeons]. But despite many women's desire for larger, fuller breasts, large breasts can sometimes cause problems such as chronic neck, shoulder and back pain; poor posture; and pressure on the shoulders from bra straps. Breast reduction surgery, also called reduction mammaplasty, can reduce these symptoms by reducing the size and shape of the breasts.
During the procedure, a plastic surgeon removes fat, glandular tissue and skin from the breasts. It's major surgery, and the results are permanent -- well, as permanent as gravity will allow. Like all surgeries, there are risks. Patients undergoing breast reduction surgery have a chance of developing infection, scarring, loss of sensation, asymmetrical appearance and an inability to breast-feed [source: Mayo Clinic].