Breast Reduction Surgery (sometimes referred to as mammoplasty or the similar mastopexy) is a common surgical procedure performed to reduce the size of large, heavy breasts.
Many women often suffer discomfort and pain, shoulder and backaches. Large breasts can cause irritation of the skin between and beneath the breasts resulting in a disturbed lifestyle. Another common reason to do this surgery is to uplift and improve the appearance of ‘drooping’ breasts.
Breast reduction surgery is a simple procedure that has a profound effect on self esteem, increasing the ability to move and exercise ensuring you feel comfortable with your body. Some women find it difficult to shop for the right clothes and underwear, which can be rather
expensive. Many patients share that having the surgery has changed their life. The surgery aims to make the breasts smaller, shapelier and better supported. During your consultation the surgeon will examine you and discuss the achievable reduction in size.
What happens during a reduction mammoplasty
The surgery usually requires the removal of excess fat and skin, the breast is reshaped, the nipple is relocated much higher on the breast to match the new contours. Breast Reduction surgery is performed under general anaesthesia and usually requires 1 night stay in the hospital. The scarring around the nipple and the crease of the breast will gradually soften. However, they will be permanent. Soon after surgery, you might experience pain, discomfort, swelling and discolouration for the first few weeks, which should settle down. Movement will be restricted for the first 2 weeks. Pain killers and anti-inflammatory medication will be provided. The sutures are removed after 7-10 days.
What happens after you had a reduction mammoplasty
After your treatment you will be required to wear a surgical bra for 4 to 6 weeks. For several months, there may be numbness in the skin on the breast and the nipples. Women with large breasts tend to have little nipple sensitivity. After the operation, the sensation in the area is greatly reduced but it should gradually return after a few months. Breast feeding is usually possible
after the operation, but it is common to have less milk, because of the damage to the ducts and glands. There may also be slight irregularities in the size and shape of the breasts and position of the nipples. However, these differences tend to be very minor and rarely need adjustment.
Achieving a comfortable and natural shape
Still have any questions about this procedure? Ask Dr. Joffily directly.