For many women, the breast area is the defining characteristic of their femininity and sexuality or an essential part of it. However, while some dream of larger breasts, others seek to reduce them. Too voluminous breasts may be the main cause of a number of physical and psychological issues that affect women’s personal and professional lives and, most importantly of all, negatively impact their health.
Breast reduction surgery may be the right solution for you if:
- You find it difficult to perform daily activities;
- You experience pain in the back, the neck, and the breast area;
- You sweat a lot, which causes skin irritation and inflammation underneath the breast;
- You avoid physical activity;
- Your skin has stretched due to breastfeeding, significant weight loss, or aging;
- You cannot wear the garments you have long dreamed to wear;
- You lack self-confidence.
How is the surgical procedure performed?
Breast reduction surgery (or reduction mammaplasty) is chosen by women experiencing physical or psychological discomfort due to too voluminous breasts or the loss of their initial shape. Help of this kind is usually sought by women with D to G cup sizes.
The procedure involves removing excess skin and tissue underneath it, which reduces breast volume and the size of the areola (the darker area of skin that surrounds the nipple). The nipples are then raised to the desired position, forming the breast into an aesthetically pleasing shape, which is proportional to the patient’s body type and meets her expectations.
1. Consultation with plastic surgeon
During your first consultation with the surgeon, they will take note of your expectations, answer any questions you have, and inspect your breasts to assess their and their nipples’ symmetry, shape, and size, also examining skin elasticity and the folds below the breasts.
2. Preparing for surgery
For a successful surgery and best outcomes, it is important that you also take steps to prepare for the surgical procedure. You should quit smoking at least 4 weeks prior to the surgery; temporarily stop taking aspirin and certain other kinds of anti-inflammatory medication so as to reduce the risk of bleeding; avoid eating and drinking for 6 hours before the surgery; and maintain a stable weight. A breast ultrasound examination may also be performed.
3. Surgical procedure
The procedure is performed under general anaesthesia.
The incisions are usually created around the areola, vertically downwards from it, and in the crease under the breast. Breast reduction is performed in one of the two techniques: the anchor reduction (with inverted ‘t’ type incisions) or the vertical reduction (when it is necessary to remove a smaller amount of the excess skin).
4. Outcome and recovery
The final result becomes visible after 4 months, but changes in the body contour are seen straight away, with firmer and rounder breasts and easier movement. However, patients are likely to experience discomfort, swelling of the incision site, increased sensitivity, and pain for some time after the surgery.
You will be spending the first day after the surgery at our clinic, but even after returning home, you will need to take an attentive care of yourself, following your doctor’s instructions.