Breast reduction consists in reducing breast size and correcting any sagging and asymmetry to obtain breasts that are in harmony with the patient’s overall body shape.
Reasons for the procedure
Breast hypertrophy (excessive breast size) can lead to sagging of the breasts and a degree of asymmetry. Hypertrophy nearly always involves pain in the neck, shoulders and back and interferes with sport. There is also often submammary maceration.
Before the procedure
A pre-surgery assessment is done in line with prescriptions. There is also a meeting with the anaesthesiologist at least 48 hours before the procedure. A mammography or ultrasound is prescribed in addition to the normal pre-surgery examinations.
D DAY – 30: It is highly recommended that patients stop smoking. If there are associated risk factors, patients may also be asked to stop taking oral contraceptives.
D DAY – 10: Medicines containing aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs can no longer be taken.
Average duration: between 1.5 and 2.5 hours
Breast reduction surgery follows the steps below :
- The surgeon removes excess skin and gland tissue then remodels the residual tissue to ensure that the breasts hold firmly.
- Sutures are placed in the shape of a reverse T (around the areola, between the areola and the submammary fold and in the submammary fold). In some cases, the incision in the fold (horizontal) isn’t required.
- A bandage in the shape of a bra is used after the surgery.
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After the procedure
There is generally little pain after the surgery. There is swelling and bruising and some difficulty in raising the arms is usually experienced.
The bandage is changed between the fifth and the seventh day and replaced with a frameless bra which must be worn day and night for one month to six weeks. The sutures are removed around the fourteenth day after the surgery. Patients can return to work within eight to fifteen days of the surgery, depending on the type of work they do.
It takes a year for the scars to fade and for full results to become apparent. In addition to a localised improvement, the procedure usually has a positive impact on weight balance, the ability to do sports and clothing options.
Patients receive a complete information sheet about the procedure during their first consultation. It must be read carefully to enable a decision with all relevant information in hand.