Procedure – This procedure is usually decided upon by the patient because the breast are so large that they are causing health problems. These problems include severe back pain, poor posture and sometimes breathing problems. The reduction includes removing breast volume. This is done by making an incision around the areola and making a vertical cut from the nipple down to the crease of the breast. By removing fat from the lower part of the breast we can reduce the volume of the breasts. The breasts may enlarge again in the case of severe weight gain or pregnancy. After the surgery the breasts may remain sensitive for aproximately 2 to 4 weeks. Usually due to the fact that we are reducing the size of the breasts a breast lift is needed to properly place the breasts. This procedure can also be one sided in the case when one breast in larger than the other. It creates symmetry and is esthetically pleasing.
Durration – 2.5 hours
Anesthesia – general anaesthetic
Hospital Stay – The patient should stay in the hospital for one to two days depending on how the procedure went and how the patient feels.
Scar tissue healing period – six to eighteen months.
Risks and side effects –Since breast reduction surgery removes most of the milk ducts leading to the nipples, future breast-feeding may not be possible after reduction mammoplasty and contour irregularities may also develop.
Physical work/ sports can be done – two months after the procedure.