reduction mammaire

Breast reduction

Breast reduction surgery consists in reducing the volume of the breasts and correcting any sagging or asymmetry, in order to obtain two breasts that are harmonious in relation to the body’s morphology.

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Introduction to breast reduction

Chirurgie mammaire

Breast reduction, also known as reduction mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure designed to reduce the size of the breasts. This procedure is often chosen by women who suffer from the physical and psychological problems associated with overly large breasts.

Oversized breasts can lead to neck and shoulder pain, discomfort during physical activities and embarrassing looks. What’s more, overly large breasts can affect a woman’s quality of life on a number of levels, not least in terms of self-confidence and physical comfort.

Breast reduction aims to alleviate these symptoms by reducing the size and weight of the breasts, which can significantly improve patients’ quality of life.

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2 to 3 hours
general anesthesia
7 to 10 days

Who is eligible for breast reduction?

Ideal candidates for breast reduction are usually those who suffer from physical pain or embarrassment due to overly large breasts. This can include back, neck and shoulder pain, as well as skin irritation under the breasts.

In addition, women who feel self-conscious or uncomfortable about the size of their breasts may also be good candidates for this cosmetic surgery procedure. It’s important to note that every patient is unique, and the decision to undergo breast reduction must be based on her personal needs and goals.

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Details of breast reduction surgery

Breast reduction is a cosmetic surgery procedure that generally takes between two and four hours, depending on the complexity of each case. It is performed under general anesthesia to ensure patient comfort during the operation. The surgeon begins by making incisions on the breasts.

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The choice of incision type depends on several factors, including breast size, the degree of reduction desired and the surgeon’s preference. Once the incisions have been made, the surgeon removes excess glandular tissue, fat and skin, then repositions the nipple and areola at a more appropriate height. Finally, the incisions are sutured and a dressing applied.

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Results expected from breast reduction

Breast reductionThe results of a breast reduction can be seen immediately after the operation, although the definitive appearance of the breasts is usually only visible after several months, once the swelling has diminished and the breasts have had time to stabilize. Patients can expect a significant improvement in figure proportion, as well as a reduction in the physical symptoms associated with oversized breasts.

As far as scars are concerned, it’s important to note that they are an unavoidable part of breast reduction. Over time, however, they generally fade and become less visible. What’s more, the surgeon makes every effort to position the incisions so that scars are as inconspicuous as possible.

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Cost of breast reduction

The cost of a breast reduction can vary depending on several factors, including the complexity of the procedure, the surgeon’s experience and the geographic region. It’s important to note that the total cost of the operation generally includes the surgeon’s fees, clinic fees, the cost of anesthesia, and post-operative follow-up costs. Full transparency on the costs associated with breast reduction is essential.

At the initial consultation, a detailed estimate that includes all costs associated with the procedure should be provided.
It’s also important to note that some breast reductions may be reimbursed by your health insurance (or social security), particularly when the volume removed exceeds 400g per breast. However, these procedures must be performed in hospital, not in a private clinic.

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Breast reduction procedure

Preliminary consultation

Prior to any breast reduction operation, an in-depth individual consultation takes place. The specialist then provides detailed information on the procedure, taking into account the needs and physical conditions of each patient. If the decision to proceed is made, additional appointments are scheduled to measure the breast, discuss the surgical procedure in detail and arrange an anesthesia consultation.

Choice of incision technique and reduction

The size of the breast and the amount of tissue to be removed influence the choice of incision technique and reduction method. After a thorough interview, the doctor will decide on the most appropriate incision technique. Incision techniques for breast reduction may include an inverted “T” incision (also known as an anchor incision), a vertical incision, or a periareolar incision.

Regarding the method of reduction during a breast reduction, there are several options to consider:

  • Traditional reduction technique: here, excess glandular tissue, fat and skin are removed, and the nipple is repositioned. This technique is generally used for large breast reductions.
  • Vertical reduction technique (or Lejour technique): this technique leaves a scar around the areola and a vertical scar under the areola. It is often used for medium-sized breast reductions.

Every patient is unique, and the most appropriate technique will depend on several factors, including current breast size, the amount of reduction desired, and the patient’s preference.

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The surgical procedure

The breast reduction procedure takes around two to three hours and is performed under general anesthesia. As a general rule, excess breast tissue is removed through an incision that begins around the areola and descends vertically to the fold under the breast, forming an inverted “T” shape. The surgeon then removes excess tissue, fat and skin, and repositions the areola and nipple at a more natural height.

After surgery, the breasts will be supported by a bandage or surgical bra to minimize swelling and support the breasts as they heal. Drains may be placed to help remove excess fluid, but are usually removed after a few days.

Immediate post-operative care

Breast reduction, performed under general anesthesia, takes around two to three hours for the procedure, anesthesia and recovery. Once the operation is over, you will be monitored in your room before being allowed to return home, with a prescription for oral analgesics. It is advisable to be accompanied for the journey home. Our medical team will also ensure rigorous post-operative follow-up of your breast reduction, and will remain at your disposal should you have any questions or concerns.

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Post-operative follow-up with the breast reduction surgeon is necessary. A consultation is usually organized soon after surgery to assess wound healing, and again two or three weeks later. A check-up after six weeks is also planned to examine the shape of the breast, and a check-up after six months is recommended. Follow-up care is generally specific to each surgeon and may vary slightly on a case-by-case basis.

Following the operation, the chest may feel tight or tense. Wearing a support bra day and night for six weeks after breast reduction is recommended (to be adapted according to the surgeon).

The wound under the breast, which can vary in size depending on the amount of tissue removed, is usually covered with a watertight dressing, allowing you to shower the day after breast reduction. Sutures are absorbable and do not need to be removed. It may take several weeks to see the final result of the procedure and to resume sporting activities.

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Why choose our clinic for a breast reduction

At Claris Clinic, we pride ourselves on our expertise and experience in breast reduction. Our surgeons are highly qualified and dedicated to providing the highest quality care for every patient. We understand that the decision to undergo breast reduction is a personal and important one, and we are committed to supporting you every step of the way, from the initial consultation through to recovery. We believe in the importance of patient education and strive to provide all the information you need to make an informed decision.

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The cost of breast surgery

Breast reduction
4950 €
Information consultation
de 30 € à 70 €
*depending on the type of implant. All our prices are indicative and include VAT. The complete and precise estimate will be validated during the consultation with the surgeon.


Is breast reduction covered by mutual insurance?

Social security coverage of a breast reduction is linked to the size of the reduction. In fact, a breast reduction can be reimbursed if it exceeds 400 grams per side. However, such a procedure must be performed in a hospital, not a private clinic.

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Does breast reduction affect my ability to breastfeed?

Some women are able to breastfeed after a breast reduction, but this depends on the technique used during the operation. It’s important to discuss this issue with your surgeon if you plan to have children after the operation.

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What are the risks associated with breast reduction?

As with any cosmetic surgery procedure, breast reduction carries certain risks, such as infection, bleeding, reactions to anesthesia, and changes in breast sensation. It is important to discuss these risks with your surgeon before the operation.

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When can I go back to work after a breast reduction?

Most patients can return to work after 1 to 2 weeks, depending on the nature of their labor. For physically demanding jobs, a longer lead time may be necessary.

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When can I exercise after a breast reduction?

It is generally recommended to wait 4 to 6 weeks before resuming strenuous sports activities after a breast reduction.

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What is the minimum age for breast reduction?

There is no strict minimum age for breast reduction, but most surgeons recommend waiting until the breasts have finished developing, usually around age 18.

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Claris La Hulpe
(Site Hôtel Dolce)
Chaussée de Bruxelles 135 B
1310 La Hulpe
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(Quartier Européen)
Rue Belliard 141
1040 Bruxelles
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(Château des Thermes)
Rue Hauster 9
4050 Chaudfontaine
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