So what is a breast reduction. A breast reduction is exactly what the term refers to reducing the breast making the breast smaller. In very large patient women this means removing a glandular tissue very commonly 500 grams of the side or more sometimes smaller depending on the persons size. Five hundred grams in the English system is a little bit more than a pound of tissue. The skin envelope is made smaller, the breast is lifted, the areola remains smaller. These are the most common techniques some people will use liposuction for breast reductions but that doesn’t lift the breast or tighten the skin envelope or make the areola smaller.