Breast reduction is designed to reduce the weight and size of the breasts. A lot a women suffer from back pain caused by overdeveloped breasts and wish to address this issue. Overdeveloped breasts are also often a source of embarrassment in public and difficulties finding adapted clothes / underwear, not to mention a decreased mobility which makes exercising a lot more difficult.
This abnormal development causes breast ptosis (breast sagging) in the majority of the cases : breasts progressively sag due to the weight force exerted on their skin envelope.
During surgery, glandular, fat and skin tissue are removed. The breasts are then reshaped and the nipple-areolar complex is repositioned if necessary with fine sutures.
You need to plan 7 to 10 days off work, but the resting period varies depending on the nature of your work. Heavy lifting and exercise are prohibited during 6 weeks following surgery. A postoperative compression bra must be worn night and day during 3 weeks.
Breast reduction is performed under general anesthesia and is 2 to 4 hours long. A hospitalization of 48 hours is usually required for this procedure.
Breast reduction scars
The incision used for a breast reduction is the same as the breast lift incision : it starts around the areola and goes vertically down to the under breast fold (inframammary fold) to end up along this fold. Similarly to the breast lift procedure, the incision can be more or less shortened depending on the extent of the reduction.
Is breast reduction permanent ?
Yes, the result of the procedure is considered permanent. That being said, fat cells in the breasts can grow if you gain weight. Similarly, during pregnancy, breast tissue swell or store milk. Certain natural and synthetic hormones can also have the same effect. If you’re taking hormonal supplement after your surgery, you might see a breast volume increase as a side effect.
The breast volume and weight reduction can be seen and experienced right after surgery. If the procedure was performed to alleviate back pain, the relief is usually immediate. Once the swelling has gone down, you’ll be able to appreciate the new shape and position of your breasts.