It’s not unusual for women with overly large breasts to suffer both physically and emotionally. Reducing the breasts’ size and weight — and the associated problems — are the goals of breast reduction surgery. In Toledo, Ohio, Dr. Craig Colville specializes in cosmetic breast surgery and can help women whose heavy, sagging breasts are causing back pain, social discomfort, and other unpleasant effects.
Breast Reduction Before & After Photos
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This 68 year old female was tired of her large breasts. She felt that they were too heavy and she wanted them to be even. Dr. Colville performed a bilateral breast reduction giving this woman a more comfortable breast size.
This patient is a 33 year old mother who underwent a breast reduction procedure to improve her overall mobility and ease of shopping for clothing. Prior to the procedure, she complained that her large, heavy breasts caused her pain in her neck and back. She no longer has pain due to her breasts, and her quality of life has significantly... Read More
This 38 year old mother wanted the lifestyle and clothing choices available for smaller, more evenly sized breasts. She underwent a breast reduction procedure to achieve this result. Though she had tolerated it before the reduction, many of her body's pains had subsided with the reduction of her breasts and improvement in posture. Read More
This 22-year-old student sought out Dr. Colville after years of back pain caused by her heavy breasts. Her breast reduction procedure eliminated all of her ailments, and she is happy with her smaller, more manageable breasts.
This 42 year old patient was unhappy with the very noticeable asymmetry of her breasts, along with the large size. The heaviness of her breasts caused neck and back pain, and the size and asymmetry of her breasts made it difficult to find flattering clothing. Dr. Colville performed a breast reduction, removing 300+ grams from the left breast, and... Read More
This 49 year old patient always had large breasts that made her very uncomfortable and caused a lot of neck and back pain. After having three children, her breasts had gotten even larger and continued causing her problems with pain, bra fittings, and clothing options. Dr. Colville removed 780 grams from her right breast, and 620 grams from her left... Read More
This patient wanted smaller, more evenly sized breasts. She underwent a breast reduction procedure. As she aged, the pain worsened. Prior to the procedure, she complained that her large, heavy breasts caused her pain in her neck and back. After the procedure she feels rejuvenated and wishes she would have done this years ago. Read More
This 61 year old patient expressed that her large breast were very uncomfortable for her and clothing did not fit her correctly. Dr. Colville performed breast reduction surgery removing 660 grams of tissue from the left breast and 535 grams from the right breast. This patient states that she is more comfortable with her now, smaller breasts. Read More
This 44 year old patient wanted smaller, lifted breasts that were more manageable. She previously wore a 34DD-DDD bra size and desired to be closer to a 34C. Dr. Colville performed a breast reduction, removing 300+ grams from the right breast, and 400+ grams from the left breast, to help this patient achieve her goals and to also give her more symmetry. Read More
This 33 year old mother of two had very large, heavy breasts that were causing her discomfort. After her breast reduction surgery, she feels much more comfortable and loves how much easier it is to find clothing that fits just right.
This patient enjoys working out and golfing. However, her large breasts have kept her from doing so. This 40 year old complained of back pain, shoulder pain, bra-strap indentation scars, and irritation. She achieved the desired results through a breast reduction procedure. Read More
This 45 year old patient expressed that she was unhappy with how large her breasts were and that she hated the fullness through her lateral chest wall. Dr. Colville performed breast reduction surgery with breast lift surgery and liposuction to her lateral chest wall. This patient states that she loves her surgery and that she does not think about... Read More
This 63 year old patient expressed that she would like smaller, more symmetric, less droopy and less heavy breasts. During her consultation, her and Dr. Colville discussed a breast reduction which would reduce her breast size by 30-40%. She is now very happy with her smaller more symmetric breasts. Read More
This 26 year old mother wanted smaller, more evenly sized breasts, and felt that a breast reduction procedure was the way to go. She feels much more confident, and she loves that she can find tops that actually fit and look great on her now! Read More
After having a breast reduction done elsewhere years before, this patient was still having problems with her large breasts. She felt that not enough had been removed and set up a consultation with Dr. Colville. After the secondary breast reduction the patient is much happier with her results and feels better all around. Read More
This 50 year old patient had spent much of her life with large, heavy breasts that were always in her way. After she was finished having children she decided to have a breast reduction. Leaving the patient with smaller, perkier breasts has given her much more confidence. She is pleased with the results and loves the feeling of having that extra weight... Read More
Life was hard for this patient when it came to shopping for herself or general mobility. This patient did not like the appearance of her drooping breasts, and felt her daily life could be improved with a breast reduction. She loves her results and the life improvements that followed. Read More
This 22 year old female was bothered by her large breasts. She expressed that she would like to have smaller, less heavy breasts to accommodate her active life style. In her breast reduction surgery, Dr. Colville also lifted her breasts a total of 9cm. The patient expressed that she is very happy with the size of her breasts post-surgery... Read More
This 52 year old patient felt that her breasts were too large and heavy. After years of having back problems and struggling to find flattering clothing, she decided to proceed with a breast reduction. Dr. Colville preformed a breast reduction giving this patient the breast size that she wished for. She is very happy with her results. Read More
This 22 year old patient was bothered by her large breasts for years. Being 5'5", she had problems finding bras and clothing that fit well and felt that her breasts didn't match the look of her body. Dr. Colville helped her reach her goals of being more proportional with a bilateral breast reduction, removing approximately 860 grams... Read More
This 32 year old patient had been suffering from chronic back pain for most of her adult life. Her chiropractor recommended she go to Dr. Colville for a breast reduction to relive some of her back pain. Her bra size went from 38DD to 38B and she now feels like a whole new person. Read More
Given the large size of her breasts, this college student underwent a breast reduction procedure to improve her appearance and self esteem. Her back and neck pains have gone away now that her breasts are manageable and more easily supported. Read More
This 44 year old patient was tired of her heavy, elongated breasts. Dr. Colville performed a breast reduction with free nipple grafting. This patient is now very happy with her smaller, more proportionate breasts.
This 56 year old patient expressed that she would like a breast reduction. She wished to have less breast volume. After discussing with Dr. Colville, they decided to proceed with surgery, with a 30% reduction. Dr. Colville removed 215 grams of tissue from her right breast and 190 grams of tissue from her left breast giving her a more comfortable... Read More
If you have breasts that are out of proportion to your body’s size, you are probably a good candidate for breast reduction surgery. You may have difficulty finding clothing and bras that fit, or experience pain in the neck, shoulders, and back. You should consider breast reduction surgery if you:
Have heavy, sagging breasts
Have breasts that are too large for the body
Experience the discomfort of indentations caused by tight bra straps
Experience restriction of physical activity due to breast size
Feel self-conscious due to large breast size
Display asymmetry of breasts
Craig W. Colville, MD, FACS
"My ultimate goal is to design a plan accommodating your wishes and desires in the most aesthetically pleasing manner possible."
Some of the most satisfied patients following cosmetic surgery are women who have a breast reduction procedure. Many of Dr. Colville’s patients say they are less self-conscious about their breasts, have an easier time finding attractive clothes, and no longer experience the pain and discomfort caused by heavy breasts. In most cases, women who undergo reduction surgery enjoy smaller, shapelier, firmer breasts after their procedure.
Your Breast Reduction Surgery
In most cases, the breast is lifted as part of the operation, which is an outpatient procedure that usually requires 2 to 4 hours. Dr. Colville will discuss your goals during your consultation and perform a physical examination. There are a number of ways to perform the surgery and the number and location of incisions will depend on the shape and size of your breasts. Besides reducing the breasts’ size, Dr. Colville may also correct asymmetry or unevenness if it exists.
The procedure is completed with general anesthesia and you will need someone to drive you home the day of the surgery. Minimal blood loss occurs and you will likely be walking within 2 hours of surgery.
What Can I Expect After a Breast Reduction?
You may experience some generalized discomfort in the chest area for 1 to 3 days after surgery, which is easily relieved with postoperative pain medication. Swelling, bruising, edema, breast or nipple sensory change, and numbness are possible but usually temporary side effects of a breast reduction.
How Long Is Recovery From Breast Reduction?
If you work outside the home, plan to take off at least a week. Your return may be delayed longer.
Is Breast Reduction Covered by Insurance?
Breast reduction is often covered by health insurance if you’ve been diagnosed with physical problems related to breast size, but it’s important to get pre-approval before undergoing the procedure.
Breast reduction patients come from Findlay, Sandusky, Ann Arbor, and other cities in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. You can request a consultation online to meet with Dr. Colville, or call his office at
(419) 534-6551 to schedule an appointment.
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