Breast Reduction (Reduction Mammaplasty)

Breast reduction is an aesthetic surgical procedure for reducing the breasts to make their shape and/or size more proportionate to the patients’ body frame.

Known in the medical field as reduction mammaplasty, this procedure can be obtained by women who experience problems such as physical discomfort on the back and neck due to the weight of overly developed breasts, or those who feel generally unhappy or uncomfortable about the current size and/or shape of their breasts.

The effect of the treatment is not only to eliminate said problems, but also to improve the appearance of the patients’ breasts, and to enhance their self-confidence by addressing one of the possible reasons for their being self-conscious.

Reduction may involve only one breast, or may be more significant on one than the other, if it is a case of having differently-sized or asymmetrical breasts. Meanwhile, in cases where the breasts to be reduced are very large, the nipple and areola may be removed and restored as a graft, which will result in the loss of sensation in the nipples, as well as of the patients’ ability to breastfeed.

Normally, the procedure will be carried out by removing excess tissue, fat and skin from the breasts, and thereafter, shifting the nipple area to a higher position. This is done through pre-marked incisions on the breast skin, the precise pattern of which will depend on the size and extent of sagging of the breasts, the extent of reduction to be done, and the position of the nipples and areola.

Sometimes, liposuction may also be deployed to perform the procedure, if the reduction is for fatty breasts without any significant sagging issues. This particular technique is good for women who want to achieve smaller breasts but do not want to risk having scars or incur loss of nipple sensation.

In the aftermath of a breast reduction procedure, scar visibility, which may improve over time, is usually inevitable on the surface of the breasts. However, this can be mitigated by hiding the incision areas in the natural curvatures of the breasts, and keeping them as short as possible. This is where the surgeon’s skill and expertise come most handy, because these will factor in the surgeon’s ability not just to give the patients’ desired breast shape and size, but also to keep scar visibility to a minimum.

What patients need to know about Breast Reduction

Procedure Incision patterns are surgically marked, depending on the size and shape of the breasts, the extent of reduction, and the position of the nipple-areola complex. Through the incisions, excess fat, skin and tissue are removed from the breasts, while the nipple and areola are lifted to a higher location. The size of the areolas may also be reduced. Liposuction may be used to reduce the size of fatty breasts without problems of significant sagging.
Length 3 to 5 hours
Anesthesia Usually general; or intravenous sedation
In/Outpatient Preferably inpatient
Side Effects - Prolonged swelling
- Delayed healing
Risks - Scarring
- Loss of sensation in the nipple area
- Loss of breastfeeding ability
- Loss of breast and nipple tissue
- Unsatisfactory results
Recovery Patients may resume their daily activities in two to three weeks, but cannot engage in strenuous physical activities until after four to six weeks.
Duration of Results Results can be sustained, unless the patient becomes pregnant, or gains or loses weight significantly, which instances can affect the size and shape of the breasts. Also, the continuing effects of aging and gravity will gradually make the breasts droop over time.

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