Breast reduction, or reduction mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure that reduces the volume, size and shape of breasts when they are out of proportion to the rest of the body. It seeks to relieve symptoms caused by very large breasts, including back and neck pain, breast tenderness, shoulder grooving (from bra straps), intertrigo (rash between folds of skin) and overall discomfort.
How is a breast reduction procedure performed?
Many breast reduction procedures usually call for just one circular incision around the areola and then vertically down to the breast crease, and in some cases along the crease as well in very large breasted women.
Women generally feel more balanced physically afterwards.
Typical timeline for breast reduction procedure:
- Breast reduction surgery is performed under a general anesthetic and you should expect to spend overnight in hospital.
- The operation will take approximately two hours depending on the amount of tissue removed.
- Breasts will be bandaged for support and can be removed a day or two after surgery, but you will have to continue wearing a surgical bra 24 hours a day for at least two to four weeks while the swelling and bruising subside.
- Surprisingly most women are not too sore after surgery.
- You should expect to be off work one to two weeks and avoid strenuous activity for four to six weeks.
The resulting incision lines gradually fades over 12 months. We recommend taping of these incisions for maximum results.