Breast reduction

Reduce breast size and weight

Breast reduction or reduction mammoplasty allows the reduction of the volume and weight of the breast, relieving complaints such as cervical and lumbar pain, marks caused by the bra straps and inflammations at the level of the infra-mammary groove.

Regarding the incisions made, there is the vertical technique, in which the breast is left with a scar around the areola and with another vertical scar, from the areola to the infra-mammary groove. For larger volume reductions, this technique is insufficient and there is a need to add an incision at the level of the infra-mammary fold, known as the “T” technique.

Many patients in some cases confuse reduction mammoplasty with mastopexy surgery, but it should be noted that these are two procedures with different objectives, because while breast reduction aims to reduce the size of the breasts, mastopexy has the principle of lifting the breasts.

In the postoperative period, the use of a specific bra is essential.

Reduction mammoplasty is a surgical procedure with two main objectives: to elevate the areola and nipple and to reduce the size of the breast, whilst leaving concealed residual scars.

The scars consists of a round scar around the nipple-areola complex, a vertical scar from the areola to the submammary groove and a horizontal scar in the groove, resulting in a total inverted T scar.

The size of the scar in the groove will depend on the implantation base of the breast, its axillary extension and the distance that separates one breast from the other.

The surgery is performed under general anesthesia and lasts an average of up to 2 hours. It can be done on an outpatient basis and requires a special bra placed immediately after the surgery (there may or may not be the need for placement of suction drains).

This type of intervention is not simply aesthetic but most of all medical.

As the surgical procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, the patient must remain for as long as necessary to perform analgesia and verify that the drainage is working (if there are drains).

After discharg wear an elastic bra over compressive pads that should only be removed 2 days later when lymphatic drainage and drain removal begin (if used).

It is normal to feel some discomfort with certain movements like moving your arms. Work and social life can resume on the 4th day after surgery and physical activity only after 1 month.

The stitches will be removed after 8-10 days, and the bra will be worn for 1 month, avoiding the use of hoop bras for the next 3 months.

The scars, in addition to being treated by the therapist while performing lymphatic drainage, require certain additional care to become imperceptible, for example: use of moisturizing creams, regenerative creams, use of silicone sheets, use of elastic compression (usually the bra bars).

You should not sunbathe during the 1st month or take a sauna during the first 3 months.

The final result is only definitive after 4 months, and the scars only stabilize after 6 months.

From the end of breast growth, around 18 years of age, except in cases where there is a large virginal breast hypertrophy, in which case it can / should be reduced sooner.

This surgery always leaves scars, in the infra-mammary, peri-areolar and vertical groove, which after one year become almost imperceptible, mainly the vertical and peri-areolar scar (around the nipple). The furrow scar, besides being hidden in the infra-mammary skin fold, will be smaller, the smaller the amount of skin and breast tissue removed.

With the techniques currently practiced, there is only a slight change in sensitivity immediately after the surgery, which is recovered after 3 weeks. Loss of nipple sensation is very rare.

Yes, this is one of the priorities. To reduce and, above all, to make breasts symmetical.

The prices for reduction mammoplasty vary depending on several factors. The most crucial aspect is to understand the dimension of your particular case. To find out how much a breast reduction costs for your specific case, book your evaluation with our plastic surgery team.

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