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Breast Reduction

Breast Reduction means the surgical removal of breast tissue and skin, in order to decrease the size of the breasts aiming at reducing the weight of the breasts and achieving a more comfortable, youthful breast contour.

It is recommended to consider what you want to achieve from the surgery before you meet the surgeon. In particular, think about what size you would like to be.
Most surgical procedures involve a variety of options, depending upon the patient's wishes, the patient's anatomical features, and technical considerations. During the consultation, I will advise upon the best option for you and explain "why and how".

Some advice:

  • A possible weight loss program is best to be finished before your breast reduction.
  • Smokers are advised to stop smoking for at least 2 weeks prior to surgery until 4 weeks after surgery, in order to help healing and reduce the risk of infection. Smoking reduces the blood supply to the skin flaps formed by the surgeon.

Usually the operation is performed under general anaesthesia and takes about 2.5 to 3 hours. Generally, the incisions and subsequent scars run around the areola, then vertically down from the areola to the crease under the breast, and in many cases, it continues horizontally along that crease.
All patients stay in hospital for one night. If your work is not physical (no lifting or sports), expect to return to work after 10 to 14 days. Normal physical exercises can be started after 4 to 6 weeks.

After the operation you might feel bruised and sore. Your breasts are likely to be swollen more or less and for 4 weeks day/night you have to wear a support bra. Best is to sleep on your back during the first weeks.

As with all scars, the scars will fade over a period of time. In most cases, the scar heals as very faint white line. However, please, note: No surgical scar ever flawlessly disappears.

Regarding possible risks and complications cosmetic surgery is very safe. However, everybody has to accept that no surgical procedure is entirely free from risk. These possible, but rare risks will be explained to you during the consultation and I shall answer all your questions. In addition, you will receive a "Patient Guide" for Breast Reduction.

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