Breast reduction is the intervention aimed at reducing hypertrophic breasts by removing excess gland and adipose tissue and giving the remaining one a new, more elevated conical shape.
In general, breast hypertrophy (also called macromastia) is present since youth which tends to worsen with weight gain and pregnancy. It can also be responsible for relevant functional disorders (dorsal kyphosis, lumbar lordosis, skin maceration of the inframammary sulcus).
The operation lasts on average 3-4 hours and is performed under general anesthesia in day surgery or one-day surgery.
The scars resulting from the operation are around the areola, a vertical scar in the part of the breast under the areola, and a horizontal scar in correspondence with the inframammary sulcus, more or less long depending on how much the breast is reduced. Two drains are used, which will be removed after 24-48 hours.
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for Breast Reduction Surgery
Is it a definitive intervention?
Generally yes, however, the breasts can enlarge again if you gain weight or become pregnant.
How much can the breast be reduced?
The amount of the reduction is established during the preliminary discussions between patient and doctor. However, it is necessary to maintain a certain volume that is proportionate and harmonious with the rest of the body.
Is it possible to breastfeed?
Breastfeeding is not recommended in order not to compromise the outcome of the operation and because of the high risk of mastitis.
Are there any contraindications?
The main one is linked to smoking, which can compromise the vitality of the areola flap. Therefore, in anticipation of the intervention, it is necessary to abstain from smoking at least fifteen days in advance.
Is it a painful surgery?
No, breast reduction is not a painful operation because it acts in the surface tissues above the muscular plane.
Breast reduction before and after: