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The most common surgical procedure performed by Dr Shell is breast reduction surgery. Excessively large breasts can cause a wide range of physical and psychological problems for affected women. Breast reduction, also known as reduction mammaplasty, is a surgical procedure that creates a more proportional upper body through the reduction of excess breast tissue.

Breast reduction surgery can provide long-term health benefits for women with excessively large breasts. Women considering breast reduction can turn to Dr. Dan Shell in Northern Mississippi. Dr. Shell is a board certified plastic surgeon with years of experience performing breast reduction.


The best candidates for breast reduction will possess good overall physical and emotional health. You may be a potential candidate for breast reduction if:

  • You are self-conscious about the size of your breasts
  • Your breasts limit your physical activity
  • You experience chronic pain due to the weight of your breasts
  • You have significant breast sagging

During your consultation with Dr. Shell, he will be able to determine if breast reduction is the right procedure for you. Be prepared to discuss your medical history, current medications, and cosmetic goals.

Before & After


There are numerous factors to consider before committing to any cosmetic procedure. Below is a list of frequently asked questions associated with breast reduction:

  • What happens during breast reduction?

    After general anesthesia has been administered, Dr. Shell will make an inverted T or keyhole-shaped incision that encircles the areola, continuing down towards the breast crease. Dr. Shell will then remove excess fat and tissue from the breast. The remaining underlying tissue will be reshaped and excess skin will be trimmed away. The nipple and areola will also be repositioned into a more uplifted position.

  • What is the recovery process like?

    Following surgery, you may be required to wear a special bra for several days to minimize swelling and secure your breasts. Drainage tubes are not typically used with breast reduction surgery. It is common for breast reduction patients to experience swelling and bruising for several days. The procedure is very well-tolerated from a pain standpoint. Dr Shell typically uses a long acting local anesthetic which lasts for three days. Most women are capable of returning to work and other normal activities within one to two weeks. Physically strenuous activities may be restricted for several weeks.

  • Are the results of breast reduction permanent?

    The results of breast reduction are long-lasting, but they are not necessarily permanent. Your newly-proportioned figure will not be immune to aging, weight fluctuations, hormonal factors or gravity. In order to increase the probability of long-lasting results, it is important for patients to maintain a healthy diet and exercise program.

  • What are some of the risks associated with breast reduction?

    All surgeries, including breast reduction, present some degree of risk and uncertainty. Some risks may include a reaction to anesthesia, infection, excessive bleeding, asymmetrical breasts or a temporary loss of nipple sensation. Prior to surgery, Dr. Shell will be available to discuss all potential risks with you in detail.

  • Why should I choose Dr. Shell for breast reduction?

    During your consultation, Dr. Shell will listen carefully to your concerns, ensuring that all treatments are customized to meet your goals. His practice uses the latest technology in a comfortable and confidential setting. Dr. Shell is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery and The American Board of Surgery. He is a member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, The Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.


Dr. Dan Shell is a board certified plastic surgeon with years of experience performing breast reduction surgery. If you are considering breast reduction, he will be happy to sit down with you and explain the process in detail. His practice serves Northern Mississippi. Contact our plastic surgery office in Oxford, Mississippi today by calling 662-236-6465 to set up a consultation.