Breast Reduction Q&A

Here you can find answers to the most frequently asked and popular questions about breast reduction. We regularly add new questions and answers and try to give the most accurate and truthful answers to these questions.

We ask the professional surgeons the most difficult questions that require good medical knowledge. The list of questions is at the bottom, first a brief information about the operation. You can also ask us your questions.

Breast reduction surgery

Excessive pressure of enlarged mammary glands on the chest worsens posture, forms a stooped back, causes pain.

The goals of breast reduction.

Breast Reduction Anchor Method

What problems can be solved with the help of breast reduction?

– Reduce volume;
– Improve the shape of the breast;
– Reduce pain in the spine;
– To facilitate medical and radiological examination of the mammary glands.

How to prepare for breast reduction?

Questions To Ask Your Breast Reduction Surgeon

  • The patient should be healthy (no cold or other illnesses during this period).
  • It is necessary to undergo examination (blood, urine, sugar, ECG, fluorography of the chest, conclusion of breast physican oncologist, gynecologist), as well as an anesthesiologist. If you smoke, you should quit smoking at least 2 weeks before the operation and refrain from smoking after it for at least 2-3 weeks.

Otherwise, the risk of wound healing is sharply increased due to the fact that smoking significantly reduces the flow of blood into the vessels of the skin.

If you are taking any medications, you should discuss the permissibility of this with your doctor at a preliminary consultation.

What anesthesia is used for breast reduction?

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The operation is performed under general or local anesthesia, depending on the wishes and general condition of the patient.

You will be placed in the clinic on the day of surgery and will pass a short preparation for it. The essence of the operation is to move the nipple-aureolar complex up, with simultaneous movement of the breast tissue and excision of excess skin and gland.

In connection with the fact that there is a different degree of ptosis of the mammary glands, differences in the volume of glandular tissue, various operating procedures have been developed and are being applied.

Therefore, after the operation, different arrangement of scars in different patients is possible.

Photo Of Scars After Breast Reduction Surgery

Scars are always located around the areola, in some cases it goes down to the pectoral fold (vertical scar), in other situations – an additional scar is located in this fold and resembles an anchor or an inverted “T”.

The exception is when the nipples are in the correct position, but there is a sagging of the glandular tissue. Then the surgical scar can be located in a pectoral fold. As a rule, surgical wounds are drained by special “tubes”, these drains are removed 1 to 2 days after the operation.

The duration of the operation is an average of 1.5 – 3 hours (depending on the complexity). After the operation, the breast is bandaged with elastic bandages to reduce the risk of postoperative complications, improve the conditions for the formation of newly “created” mammary glands. In the following, bandaging is replaced by wearing special underwear.

Postoperative period.

Photo Of Drains After Breast Surgery

The course of the postoperative period is characterized by a number of features:

  • After surgery, permanent scars will remain on the skin, their quality can not be fully predicted before surgery, as the processes of scar formation are individual;
  • The ideal symmetry of the nipples, areola and mammary glands can not be achieved, although the desire for this is one of the tasks of the operation;
  • Surgery reduces the possibility of breastfeeding;
  • The sensitivity of the nipples, areola and mammary glands, as a rule, decreases with subsequent slow improvement, in some cases it is completely lost;
  • This operation has no effect on the incidence of breast cancer;
  • Swelling and hemorrhages can persist in the area of the operation for several weeks, will pass several months before the moment when the breast after the operation takes its final shape.
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  • The patient must be in the clinic after the operation for 3 to 5 days. Sutures from postoperative wounds are removed on the 7th – 14th day.
  • The time, when the patient starts to work is determined by his state of health. Usually, light housework is possible after 5-7 days, usually the rehabilitation period is 2 weeks.

After the operation it is necessary to wear special underwear (bra) for 1.5 – 2 months, in order to support and form the mammary glands. The final formation of the mammary glands occurs 3-4 months after the operation.

What are possible complications of breast reduction?

Severe Infection After Breast Reduction Photo

After the operation, it is possible to develop any general surgical complications (wound suppuration, bleeding, thrombophlebitis, thromboembolism, formation of keloid scars, etc.).

In very rare cases, after the operation, the blood supply to one or two nipples and areola may become insufficient, leading to partial or complete necrosis (necrosis). This complication may require a later reconstruction. The result of the operation is a beautiful tightened breast.

Photos of patients Before and After can be found in the “Photo Gallery”, and the approximate cost of services can be found in the “Cost” section.

Frequently asked Questions.

Question: What tests are required for breast reduction surgery?

Recovery After Reduction Mammoplasty

Lab examination before the procedure / operation you can take in our clinic, or at the place of residence, depending on the type of anesthesia. If the operation is performed under general anesthesia, then the following tests should be taken:

  • General blood and urine tests.
  • Blood test for sugar.
  • Blood type and Rh factor.
  • Coagulogram (blood for clotting).
  • Biochemical blood test.
  • A blood test for the Australian antigen, hepatitis C, HIV.
  • Wassermann reaction (WR).
  • Electrocardiogram.
  • The conclusion of the therapist.
  • Fluorography.
  • Examination of the gynecologist.

6 Month Post Operative Breast Reduction By Dr. Norman G. Morrison, MD, FACS, New York Plastic Surgeon

If the operation is performed under local anesthesia, then the following tests should be performed:

  • The general analysis of a blood (with the formula) + thrombocytes.
  • Blood test for sugar.
  • Blood coagulability.
  • A blood test for the Australian antigen, hepatitis C, HIV.
  • General urine analysis.
  • Blood type.
  • Fluorography.
  • Electrocardiogram.

Question: Is It Possible To Breastfeed After Breast Reduction Surgery?

Breastfeeding after such an operation can be difficult. That is, in the case of the birth of a child after an operation, it is most likely that artificial feeding will be necessary.

24 Year Old Man Treated With Breast Reduction By Dr Siripong Prasertsuntarasai, MD, Thailand Plastic Surgeon

That is why the reduction mammoplasty recommended after childbirth.

Question: How long does it take to recover from breast reduction surgery?

The first three days after the reduction mammoplasty is best spent in the hospital. Sutures are removed after 14-16 days, but you can return to work in a week, if this is really necessary.

The most important thing is to observe the prescribed regime and adhere to the limitations agreed with the surgeon so that the recovery can last without complications.

Question: How will the nipples look after surgery?

25 Year Old Woman For Breast Reduction With Dr Joseph W. Aguiar, MD, Tampa Plastic Surgeon

Breast reduction is always accompanied by the movement of the nipples to a new position – so that your “new” breasts look proportional and aesthetic. Due to the fact that the nipple moves along with the skin flap and the vessels feeding it, the sensitivity of the nipples is preserved. The shape of the flap and its size depends on the original shape of the breast and the effect you want to achieve.

Question: Where are the incisions located after breast reduction surgery?

There are two options of incisions for breast reduction surgery:

  • Vertical – the incision passes around the areola and descends downwards, to the breast fold;
  • Anchor – the incision skirts around the areola, descends and passes in the pectoral fold.

The second option is usually used when there is a need for a radical reduction in the volume of the mammary glands.

Question: Is it true, that breast reduction can only be performed under general anesthesia?

Yes it is. General anesthesia is used to perform an operation to reduce mammary glands. This is explained by the fact that this type of intervention is quite extensive and complex: the operation lasts from 2 to 3 hours, involves the mobilization of tissues on several levels and the complex work with nerves and vessels.

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