Breast reduction or reduction mammoplasty is a surgical procedure that is done to decrease the size of the breasts. In this procedure, the size of the breasts is reduced by the removal of excess breast tissue, fat and skin, while the areola and nipple are repositioned. If desired, the size of the areola can also be reduced.
There are different reasons why patients resort to a mammoplasty; Among them, the aesthetic, but they can also be motivated by health problems derived from excess breast, such as back or neck pain, discomfort when performing any physical activity or irritations in the skin below the breast.
To perform a breast reduction you should wait until the chest has fully developed, although it could be done earlier if the physical problems are severe. On the other hand, this procedure is not recommended in women who intend to breastfeed after pregnancy. It is advisable to have a mammogram before and after the surgery to rule out breast diseases.
The choice of incision to be made will depend on the anatomy of the breast. In any case, it will always be designed so that the resulting scar is as visible as possible.
Breast Reduction Surgery
The intervention usually lasts between two and three hours and can be performed on an outpatient basis discharging the same day of the intervention. In some cases it is usually necessary to enter the hospital for one day, discharging the day following the intervention.
It is important that the surgeon knows the postoperative activities of the patient, so that he can give precise indications of the postoperative.
Breast Reduction Risks
Breast reduction surgery is a safe technique, as long as it is performed by a qualified plastic surgeon. However, and although the incidence rate is low, as in any operation there can always be complications and associated risks that you should discuss with your surgeon before the intervention.
Breast Reduction Scar
The scars resulting from breast reduction surgery are usually of good quality and are usually well accepted by patients.