Breast reduction

Women with disproportionately large, sagging breasts are frequently seeking plastic surgery to improve the shape of the breasts. Breast reduction is also done to help from physical discomfort, such as backache or difficulties in breathing. Generally, breast reduction is a procedure that reduces the size and reshapes the contour of large breasts. It is done by removing excess skin with underlying tissue. The reduction is combined with lifting so that new, more juvenile shape of the breasts is achieved.

The procedure

Incisions are made horizontally and vertically, following the contour of the breast. In the middle part of the breast, a key-hole shaped incision is made around the areola to allow the nipple to be repositioned. Excess skin and fat tissue are removed from the areola and the sides of the breast. The nipple, areola, and underlying tissue are relocated to a new, higher location. After repositioning the nipple, skin on both sides of the breast is brought together to reshape the breast and the incision is closed. The surgery takes about four hours.


Breast reduction is a significantly large operation associated with removal of tissue. A stay at the clinic for 24 hours is needed. A soft compressive dressing will be placed around your chest after completing the operation for seven to ten days. Afterwards you will have to wear an elastic bra for about three weeks. Motion will be painful following the surgery for a few days. Pain will be controlled with medication. The surgeon will advise you when you can resume normal activities - typically after a month.

Women who undergo the procedure are given a chance at a better quality life with less muscle pain and an improved self-image. The reduction of breasts is permanent, even though breast size can increase as a result of using birth control pills, pregnancy, or simple weight gain. Usually, the discomfort that was the reason for the procedure subsides. The breasts will gain a new, youthful, and nice shape. However, scars will remain very visible for about a year. They will fade to some degree eventually.

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