Breast Reduction

Breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammoplasty, is a procedure that helps reduce the size of a woman’s breasts. A plastic surgeon will remove extra fat, tissue, and skin through cuts on the undersides of both breasts. Breast reduction is an outpatient procedure that generally doesn’t have many complications.

Breast reduction surgery is an operation to remove extra fat, tissue, and skin from your breasts. If you have large breasts that are out of proportion to the rest of your body and causing neck pain, back pain, or other symptoms, you may be considering breast reduction surgery.

Procedure

Before a breast reduction procedure, your doctor will perform a routine breast exam to determine if you’re a candidate for the surgery. You may also need a mammogram or other lab tests to ensure you’re in good health. You and your doctor will need to decide whether or not to use general anesthesia during the surgery, as some patients do fine with local anesthesia.

Before a breast reduction procedure, your doctor will perform a routine breast exam to determine if you’re a candidate for the surgery. You may also need a mammogram or other lab tests to ensure you’re in good health. You and your doctor will need to decide whether or not to use general anesthesia during the surgery, as some patients do fine with local anesthesia.

On the day of your surgery, you’ll probably have to avoid food and water in the hours leading up to the procedure. Your doctor will provide specific instructions.

After administering anesthesia, the surgeon will make an incision starting at your areola (the pigmented area around the nipple) and continuing down to the underside of your breast. They’ll remove fatty tissue and skin to reduce the size of each breast. The surgeon is often able to leave the nipple in place, but, in some cases, they may need to reposition it.

Recovery

While you may return home from the hospital on the same day as the surgery, you’ll need plenty of time for rest and recuperation. Be careful to avoid any movement that would cause muscle strain for several weeks after surgery. Don’t lift heavy groceries or anything over 5 kgs.

Your breasts will be sore and probably painful to the touch. With pain medication, you should be able to manage the healing process better. You may also have symptoms like numbness, itching, or general tiredness.

Based on how quickly you recover, your doctor should be able to tell you when you can return to normal activities like work, exercise, or driving.