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What is breast reduction?

Women who are large-breasted may experience back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, rashes and skin irritation, grooving of bra straps into the shoulders, numbness in the fingertips, and posture problems. Difficulty with performing everyday tasks such as childcare, physical exercise and recreational activities may also present a problem. A negative body image can take its toll emotionally as well.

Our Baltimore breast reduction surgery helps lighten the breasts and improve on physical symptoms, with removal of excessive breast tissue and lifting of the nipple. The goal is to improve form and function. Incisions associated with breast reduction range from under the breast, to peri-areolar, to “lollipop,” to “anchor” shaped incisions, depending on presentation and patient tolerance for scarring. Breast reduction surgery may be combined with abdominoplasty or liposuction to rejuvenate and improve the overall contour of the torso.

Who is a good candidate for breast reduction?

Women who pursue breast reduction present from their teens to their sixties, and are preferably in good physical and mental health and are non-smokers. Breast development should be complete at the time of consultation for teenagers. These women aim to resolve functional issues which may be documented by their primary care provider. During the initial consultation you will discuss with Dr. Shermak breast reduction options most applicable to you, considering your goals for ultimate breast size after surgery. Surgery is customized to your desires and needs.

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Why choose Dr. Shermak for your Baltimore breast reduction?

Dr. Shermak has spent her career honing her body sculpting skills and perfecting her impeccable surgical technique. She is a frequent speaker on the topic of breast and body contouring across the globe, contributing to scientific journals and textbooks, and providing support to other physicians seeking world class guidance. She has been featured in popular magazines like More and Baltimore Style, specifically focusing on her approach to breast reduction patients. Dr. Shermak is also warm, compassionate, considerate, creates an atmosphere of trust and transparency that makes her clients feel instantly at home which contributes to arguably the best results in breast reduction Maryland has to offer. Women who are uncomfortable with the look of their breasts are comfortable sharing their story with Dr. Shermak.

Candidacy at a glance:

  • Breasts are fully developed and have stopped growing
  • Client has no plans to get pregnant or to breastfeed
  • Client experiences a variety of symptoms including chaffing, fatigue and back pain
  • Client movement may be mildly or severely restricted
  • Breasts may suffer from asymmetry
  • Nipples may be low-hanging or below the breast crease
  • Clients should be healthy, both physically and psychologically, with no major medical issues
  • Clients should have realistic expectations for improvement rather than perfection

What is the recovery like for breast reduction?

Surgery is performed as an outpatient in our ambulatory surgery center, or may be performed in the hospital with or without an overnight stay. One may experience temporary discomfort, swelling, or numbness. Dr. Shermak will prescribe the necessary painkillers to ensure your post-operative comfort.

Most women resume regular activities and return to low impact activity after 2 weeks. Heavy exercise and lifting are discouraged for a month. Drains placed during surgery come out within 1-7 days depending on the surgical procedure performed.

Dr. Shermak will outfit you with a surgical bra, which helps alleviate discomfort and injury to the healing incisions for the first 2 months after surgery.

The total picture

The way you look and feel directly affects your self-confidence. In addition to treating Baltimore breast reduction patients, Dr. Shermak takes care of many Baltimore abdominoplasty, body lift, fat grafting, and liposuction patients. Please visit these pages to learn more about the other cosmetic procedures offered. Combining treatments often saves the patient both time and money, reducing downtime that could better be spent with one’s family and friends, or engaged in meaningful hobbies.

How can I get started with breast reduction in Maryland?

We invite you to call Dr. Shermak’s Baltimore plastic surgery office at 410-324-6592 to schedule your personal breast reduction consultation today. It is recommended that you bring any relevant documentation with you to this appointment, documenting any physical impairments that have occurred secondary to enlarged breasts. During this initial session, the doctor will take your measurements, review your medical history along with any cosmetic work you may have received, and answer all your questions and concerns in depth. Dr. Shermak believes that a well-informed, educated client has the best chance at a successful procedure, therefore she spends an uncommon amount of time in consultation to ensure every area of treatment is discussed and understood before the big day.

The doctor will in some cases provide access to advanced 3D imaging to help you better visualize your results, and you may also visit our online library of before and after photography to see what is possible with breast reduction.

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We are officially open, thanks to Governor Hogan!

We welcome new patients and are looking forward to performing elective surgical procedures, starting the week of May 11.

This is a new day, with new safety protocols. Our goal is to keep everyone safe and respect the continued risk COVID-19 presents. For this reason, we will be instituting the following protocols:

  • We will have Sandy stationed at our entryway with sterilizer and a COVID-19 survey for our new patients to fill out. Sandy will also check your temperature and collect your paperwork at the door – our medical intake form can be filled out prior to your coming to the office, or you can fill it out after you arrive.
  • Please bring a mask for any in-office visits. If you are coming for surgery, please bring a paper mask if you have one. For any other visits, cloth masks or paper masks are fine.
  • We need any patient waiting to be seen to wait in your car until we can safely accommodate you in an exam room. We need to respect social distancing and are spacing our patients out to assure safety.
  • We can only allow the patient to come in to the office for examination. Friends or family will need to wait outside the office.
  • For those assisting our postoperative patients on the day of surgery: we ask that you kindly wait in your car and we will call you in to discuss postoperative instructions.
  • I am continuing to schedule Virtual Consultations which is exciting and new! Check out my Resources section or header at drshermak.com to get started!

I look forward to seeing you soon!


As of July 1st, the staff members at The Plastic Surgery Center of Maryland will no longer routinely be wearing masks following the state guidelines per Governor Hogan.

All of our staff members are vaccinated.

If any patient would prefer that the medical staff member caring for them wear a mask, please let us know and we will gladly do so.

We treat patients with compormised immune systems and we need to be respectful of their needs.

We are asking patients who are not fully vaccinated to please wear masks while in our office so that we may continue to safely accomodate our patients with weakened immune systems.

Thank you!

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