Breast Reduction

Surgery: Time required: 3 hours

Anesthesia: Under General Anesthesia

Length of Stay (In Hospital): 2 nights in hospital standard room

Follow up: 1 week after surgery

Pre Operative Assessment

  • You will be asked to stop smoking well in advance of surgery. Also, Aspirin and
    certain anti-inflammatory drugs which can cause increased bleeding.
  • Planning to lose a significant amount of weight, be sure to tell your plastic surgeon. He or she may recommend that you stabilize your weight prior to undergoing surgery.
  • Pregnancy can alter breast size in an unpredictable way and could affect the long- term results of your breast reduction. Please ask your plastic surgeon.
  • Consultation will be arranged to discuss your medical history. You will be asked to
    provide completed information about this.
  • Your plastic surgeon will again examine your breasts and take photographs for your medical record. Factors as the size, shape of your breasts, quality of skin and the placement of nipples and areolas will be considered by surgeon. You can also discuss with your surgeon.
  • Please avoid food and drink 6-8 hours prior to the operation.
  • Please prepare and bring support bra yourself for your post operative assessment.

Procedure information and technique

There are many variations to the design of the incisions for breast reduction. The size and shape of your breasts, as well as the desired amount of reduction, are factors that will help your plastic surgeon determine the best technique for you.

Techniques for breast reduction vary, but the most common procedure involves an anchor- shaped incision that circles the areola, extends downward, and follows the natural curve of the crease beneath the breast. The surgeon removes excess glandular tissue, fat, and skin, and moves the nipple and areola into their new position.

Recovery Time

Side Effect: Temporary pain, Swelling, Soreness. Change in nipple sensation

Back to work: 4-5 days

More strenuous activity: 3-4 weeks

Fading of Scars: Several months to a year or more

Post Operative Care (After care treatment)

After surgery, you ll be wrapped in an elastic bandage or a surgical bra over gauze dressings. A small tube may be placed in each breast to drain off blood and fluids for the first day or two.

Your surgeon will give you detailed instructions for resuming your normal activities. Most women can return to work (if it s not too strenuous) and social activities in about two weeks. But you ll have much less stamina for several weeks, and should limit your exercises to stretching, bending, and swimming until your energy level returns. You ll also need a good athletic bra for support.

Risk and Complication

As with all surgical procedures, there is the risk of complications with breast reduction. There is a possibility that patients may lose sensation in the nipples and areolas following breast reduction surgery, especially in cases involving dramatic reduction and repositioning. There is also the risk of surgical complications such as bleeding, infection, or excessive scarring. The results of breast reduction surgery may not always meet expectations, so it is best to be realistic before undergoing such a surgical procedure. You can help to lessen certain risks by following the advice and instructions of your plastic surgeon, both before and after surgery.

Please note: this should be used only as aguide to your treatment. All specifics will be disscussed with your Surgeon at the consultation.