Breast Reduction Surgery

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Breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammaplasty, is a procedure used to remove excess fat, tissue, and skin from the breast and make the breasts look smaller and lighter. This treatment alleviates the discomfort associated with excessively large breasts (macromastia) and provides a breast size proportionate to other parts of the body.

Disproportionately large breasts can cause both physical and emotional distress for patients. Patients with macromastia may encounter physical discomfort arising from the weight of their breasts, which prevents them from performing everyday physical activities. Besides, some patients may suffer from emotional distress or more significant mental health problems due to their large breasts.

Although breast reduction is usually performed for medical purposes, patients who do not have the symptoms of macromastia but are unsatisfied with the size of their breasts can still undergo breast reduction surgery for aesthetic reasons.

Ideal applicants for the breast lift surgery may include:

Women whose breasts are excessively large and cause them issues such as follows.

  • Chronic back, neck, and shoulder pain that requires pain medications
  • Chronic rash or skin irritation under the breasts
  • Nerve pain
  • Restricted activity
  • Poor self-image related to large breasts
  • Difficulty fitting into bras and clothing

Treatment Duration:

Breast reduction surgery usually takes between one to four hours, depending on the complexity of each individual case.

Recovery Time:

  • When the breast reduction surgery is complete, dressings or bandages will be applied to the incisions.
  • An elastic bandage or support bra may be worn to reduce swelling and support the breasts as they recover.
  • A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect.
  • It typically takes around 1-2 weeks to recover from the immediate side effects of the surgery.
  • Swelling and scarring due to breast reduction surgery can take up to 12 months to completely disappear.
  • Physical activities can be resumed after one month.

It generally takes a minimum of three months for the full results of the treatment to become noticeable.

Potential Risks and Side Effects:

Like any surgical procedure, a breast reduction surgery comes with some potential risks and side effects. Although they are rare, it is still essential to be aware of these before undergoing treatment.

  • Scarring
  • Bruising, which is usually temporary
  • Removal of or loss of sensation in the nipples and skin surrounding the nipples (areolae)
  • Numbness
  • Difficulty or inability to breastfeed
  • Asymmetric healing; Differences in the size, shape, and symmetry of the surgically altered left and right breasts, which might lead to further surgery to improve your appearance.

In case you are worried about any side effects or risks at any point in your treatment journey, you can contact us.

What Are the Steps of a Breast Reduction Surgery?

1. Anesthesia

The breast reduction surgery is carried out under general anesthetic, and you will be unconscious — or ‘asleep’ — throughout the whole procedure. Depending on your doctor’s advice, intravenous sedation or general anesthesia may be applied for your comfort during the surgery.

2. Making the Incisions

Incisions are made in a circular pattern around the areola, down the breast to the breast crease, followed by an inverted T or anchor-shaped incision around the whole area.

3. Removing Tissue and Repositioning

After making the incisions, the nipples (which remain tethered to their original blood and nerve supply) are repositioned. Then, excess fat is removed, along with glandular tissue and skin, from the breasts.

Occasionally, for extremely large and heavy breasts, the nipple and areola may need to be removed and transplanted to a higher position on the breast (free nipple graft).

4. Closing the Incisions

Stitches are made within the breast tissue to close the skin and support the newly shaped breasts. Incision lines are permanent, but in most cases, will fade over time.

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