- Excessively large breasts (macromastia), which can lead to chest discomfort, back and neck pain, rashes in the crease beneath the breasts, or arthritic changes in the spine.
Predictability Patient satisfaction rate after breast reduction is extremely high.
Choice of incisions There are a number of different techniques available for breast reduction. The traditional technique involves the use of a ‘Wise pattern’ skin incision, which results in an anchor-shaped scar on the breast. The more modern technique of breast reduction is known as the ‘vertical mammoplasty,’ which results in fewer scars (lollipop scar).
Downtime The operation is typically performed on an outpatient basis at a surgery centre. Following breast reduction, there is minimal discomfort. Patients can resume most normal daily activities within just a few days after the surgery, but it is necessary for patients to refrain from vigorous physical activities for about six weeks after the surgery.
Complications As with any surgical procedure, there are risks of certain complications. Potential complications include diminished sensation to the nipple and areola, scarring, breast asymmetry and other problems that may require revision surgery.
Note Men with conditions such as gynecomastia (in which male breasts are abnormally enlarged) may also get breast reduction.
Cost: Depends on breast size, shape and the technique used.
Depending on the situation, breast reduction surgery can be done in an outpatient facility, or you may have to stay one night in the hospital. General anesthesia is administered during the procedure and surgery usually takes a few hours. The operating team will remove extra skin, tissue, and fat from your breasts and reposition your nipple.
You may need to wear a surgical bra and your surgeon will instruct you on follow-up appointments for removing bandages and stitches. Physical activity should be stopped for at least one month and you may feel tired with some breast pain. Painkillers will ease this normal post-surgical pain.