Breast Reduction

Breast Reduction

Candidates:

Women with excessively large breasts demonstrate pain in the back or shoulders, skin irritation underneath the breast and leave indentations in the shoulders from the bra straps. Women can also have one breast that is much larger than the other.Such women have dissatisfaction of their self-image because of the large breasts.

Aims of Breast reduction

To reduce, raise and reshape big breasts by removing excess tissue and skin and repositioning the nipples and areola.

Incisions and technique:

As in the breast lift procedure, breast reduction incisions vary according to three different techniques; the “inverted T,” the “vertical” technique, and the “periareolar” with incision only around the nipple. The choice of the appropriate technique varies according to the breast and the desired new shape and size. This is discussed with the patient during the consultation.

Operating Time:

2 to 3 hours.

Anesthesia:

General.Anaesthesia

In/Outpatient:

1 day stay

Recovery Time:

It will be more comfortable to sleep on the back for the first 2 weeks; return to work is between 1 to 2 weeks. Strenuous activities may be resumed in 1 month, and it will take from several months to a year for the scars to fade.

Side Effects:

There can be temporary bruising, some swelling and discomfort, numbness, and dry breast skin. Possible complications: Serious risks are not common. Delays in healing can be caused by collections of fluid (seroma) that need to be drained; infection, bleeding under the skin flap. Poor healing resulting in visible scarring or skin loss. There is the possibility of wide scars (keloids) in patients with this tendency. Surgically the nipples could be unevenly placed; there could be a temporary or permanent loss of feeling in nipples or breast, or the need for a second operation.

Details:

During the consultation, you will decide with the surgeon the desired breast shape and size. The nipples and areolas will be repositioned and you will be informed of the incisions needed for each case. There is no age limit to perform a breast reduction once breast development is completed.

Duration of Results:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding may affect the size and shape of the breasts. Some women undergo breast reduction surgery before having children, preferring to address any changes in shape and size at a later date. Gravity, pregnancy, aging, and weight changes may have significant and unpredictable effects on the size and shape of the new breast. Breast reduction surgery will not interfere with the ability to breast-feed if the milk ducts are left intact, and if you plan to breast feed in the future you should discuss this with your plastic surgeon.