Breast reduction surgery, or reduction mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure in which a certain amount of tissue is removed from the breasts. This operation is performed for both aesthetic and functional reasons. Individuals with large breasts often experience neck and back pain, difficulty in movement, inability to engage in sports, and inflammation of the skin beneath the breasts. As a result, both the cervical and thoracic spine can be affected.
Just like in the case of breast augmentation surgery, we will thoroughly discuss your preferences regarding breast size during consultations. It is important to discuss your weight loss plans with your plastic surgeon as well. They may advise you to stabilize your weight before undergoing breast reduction. Weight changes after the surgery, whether a decrease or increase, could alter the shape and size of your breasts.
The actual surgery takes 2 to 3 hours and is performed under general anesthesia. It typically involves an anchor-shaped incision (inverted T) that is located in the natural crease of the breast, making it difficult to notice. After the procedure, drains are usually left in place and are removed the next day when the patient is discharged for home care.
After the reduction, your breasts will be in proportion to your body and will have a more beautiful shape. By successfully reducing the size of the breasts, physical problems are alleviated, and you will be able to engage in sports activities without the limitations imposed by having larger breasts.
Following the surgical procedure, it is recommended to wear a special bra for the next 6 weeks.
Breast reduction can be performed at any age, but it is recommended to wait until the breasts are fully developed. An exception is made for cases where patients suffer from juvenile breast hypertrophy, i.e., excessive breast growth during puberty. These patients may opt for the surgery in their late teenage years.
The results are generally permanent. The breast size will remain the same unless there is a significant change in body weight. Due to gravity and the natural aging process, breasts will change over time, similar to any normal breasts.