Breast reduction surgery consists of reducing the volume of the breasts and correcting sagging and possible asymmetry in order to obtain harmonious breasts in relation to the patient’s morphology.
Too much breast volume which can be associated with sagging of the breasts and sometimes a certain degree of asymmetry. The hypertrophy almost always causes pain in the neck, shoulders and back, as well as discomfort when practicing sports.
Before the procedure
The preoperative assessment of the breast reduction is carried out in accordance with medical protocol and our anaesthetist will see you at the latest 48 hours prior to your procedure. In addition to the usual preoperative examinations, a mammography or ultrasound scan can be prescribed.
DAY D – 30: It is strongly recommended to stop smoking, and in case of associated risk factors, you may be asked to stop any oral contraception.
DAY D – 10: Stop taking any medication containing aspirin or any anti-inflammatory medication.
Average duration: between 1 hour 30 and 2 hours 30.
A breast reduction is carried out as follows:
The surgeon removes excess skin and glandular tissue and then reshapes the remaining tissue to obtain a good positioning of the breasts.
The sutures form the scars in the shape of an inverted T (around the areola, between the areola and the inframammary fold and in the inframammary fold). In some cases, the (horizontal) fold scar is not necessary. At the end of the procedure, a bra-shaped bandage is applied.
After the procedure
The postoperative effects of a breast reduction are generally not very painful, although an oedema (swelling) and ecchymoses (bruises) may appear and discomfort can be felt when raising the arms.
The bandage is changed between the 5th and 7th day and replaced by a bra without underwire, to be worn for 4 to 6 weeks, night and day. The suture threads are removed around the 14th day after the procedure. Work can be resumed between the 8th and 15th day, depending on the type of professional activity.
A term of one year is necessary to appreciate the result of a breast reduction, the time it takes for the scars to fade. In addition to the local improvement, this procedure generally has a beneficial effect on weight balance, sports practice and choice of clothing.
In addition to the first consultation, you will receive a complete information sheet about the procedure, which you should read carefully so that you can make a well-informed decision.