Breast Reduction

Very large breasts can cause pain, skin irritation on sub-pectoral folds, breathing problems, skeletal abnormalities, and reduced self-esteem. Breast reduction is usually performed to relieve the person from these problems. The procedure takes 2-4 hours and is performed under general anesthesia.

During surgery, the surgeon removes fat, mammary gland tissue, and excess skin. These result smaller breasts and less weight, which are in harmony with the body structure of the patient. At the end of surgery, a dressing is placed around the breasts. It is replaced the first postoperative day by a special bra that the patient will be wearing for a month.

The sutures are removed in about 10 days following the surgery. Patients may feel a mild pain immediately postoperatively, which is often described as discomfort, numbness or even bites. Also, there is often some swelling and bruising. The majority of women can return to their work approximately 14 days after the surgery, and should avoid weight lifting for 1 month.

More about Breast Reduction Surgery

Duration: 2-4 hours
Anaesthesia: General Anaesthetic
Hospital Stay:  No Hospital stay
Downtime: 14 days
Results: Permanent, however breast size may fluctuate due to weight and pregnancy
Suitable for:  Reducing breast size, improving shape and texture of larger breasts


Is it painful?

In few days after your surgery, it's normal to experience some pain and discomfort. The breasts and areas around the breasts may be bruised and swell up, because the breast tissues and muscles have been stretched. Most women experience the most pain during the first few days post-procedure.

Which size breast qualifies for a breast reduction?

Women don't have to have a particular breast size to be eligible for a reduction. If the size of the breasts is affecting the everyday life, then reduction surgery may be an option. Some women can't find clothes to fit them or break out in a rash below their breasts.

What age is appropriate for a breast reduction?

While breast reduction can often be performed safely and successfully for patients in their mid teens.Many cosmetic surgeons prefer patients wait until they are at least 18 before undergoing the procedure.

How much rest is needed after the surgery?

You will need between two and six weeks to make a full recovery.  You will start to regain strength and energy within about seven days. You will likely need at least a week away from work. It depends on the nature of your job, and during this time, you'll have to limit your activities.


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