Also known as reduction mammoplasty
, breast reduction surgery reduces the size of the breast and lifts it into a higher position on the chest wall. During the procedure, the surgeon removes excess breast fat, glandular tissue, and skin to achieve the desired breast size and look.
Breast reduction can transform a patient’s life and many people wish they had undergone the surgery earlier in their lives. Patients generally experience improvement in pain symptoms and in some cases, patients will no longer have pain in the back, neck or shoulders.
Women with breasts that are too large for their frame. A popular misconception is that only women with very large breasts are good candidates for breast reduction.
An immediate end to back and neck pain. After the immediate post-op period, women are able to maintain a more active life with more frequent exercise. Women fit into normal-sized blouses and bras.
Very rarely, some loss of breast tissue may occur as a result of inadequate blood flow to the remaining breast tissue. This occurs more frequently in women who smoke. Occasionally, the reduced breasts are slightly uneven in size. Occasionally, surgical scars remain dark and raised after complete healing has occurred.
Mild to moderate pain may occur. This pain is easily controlled with medications.
Depending on the size of the reduction and the patient’s general health, people will recover from surgery at different speeds. Some patients in less physical occupations may feel able to return to work after 1 week off. We generally recommend that patients plan to have 2 weeks off after breast reduction surgery as the vast majority of patients are fully healed within this time frame. Patients are advised to avoid lifting anything heavy and refrain from undertaking vigorous exercise until approximately 6 weeks after surgery.
No discomfort, a more active lifestyle, and a more youthful appearance.