Breast Reduction

Breast Reduction is a plastic surgery procedure to removes fat, glandular tissue, and skin from the breasts, making them smaller, lighter, and firmer. Breast reduction can also reduce the size of the areola – the darker skin surrounding the nipple. The goal of this procedure is to give patient smaller breasts that are in proportion with the rest of her body. Breast reduction is usually performed for physical relief versus cosmetic improvement.

Duration of the surgery:

2 to 4 hours.

Hospital/clinic admission:

Inpatient or Outpatient department

Anesthesia Used:

General

Side Effects:

Possible bleeding, infection or reaction to the anesthesia. Some patients develop small sores around the nipples after the procedure, but can be treated with antibiotic creams.

Recovery period:

It may take 6 months to a year for breasts to settle into their new shape, but swelling and bruising will disappear in the first few weeks. May ache for a couple of weeks. Should avoid lifting or pushing anything heavy for 3 to 4 weeks. Back to work (if not too strenuous) and social activities: about 2 weeks.

Risks and possible complications:

Noticeable, permanent scars (poor healing and wider scars are more common among smokers). Slightly mismatched breasts, unevenly positioned nipples, and possible loss of feeling in nipples or breasts. Since breast reduction surgery removes most of the milk ducts leading to the nipples, future breast-feeding may not be possible.

Surgery results:

Permanent, sensitive to hormonal shifts, weight changes, and pregnancy.