Breast Reduction Surgery

Aesthetic Breast Reduction Surgery

Aesthetic breast reduction surgery (reduction mammoplasty) is a surgical procedure that reduces the tissue volume in large breasts. Breast reduction surgery is designed to reshape, tighten and lift the breast. Big breasts cause various problems in women. The most common problems are back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, deep bra strap marks, skin rash under the breasts (intertrigo) and small finger numbness in the hand (ulnar paresthesia). After breast reduction surgery, there is a significant improvement in these problems of women. In addition, aesthetic breast reduction surgery increases women’s self-esteem and clothing options. Women who have had breast reduction surgery describe an improvement in their self-esteem and comfort while participating more frequently in physical activities.

Who are good candidates for breast reduction surgery?

A woman is considered a good candidate for breast reduction surgery if she is generally healthy but experiences the following: very large breasts in proportion to the rest of their body, back, neck, and / or shoulder pain due to large and heavy breasts, poor posture due to large and heavy breasts, rashes and / or infections under the breasts, deep marks created by bra straps on the shoulders, those who have trouble sleeping or physical activity due to breast size, those who have trouble finding clothes due to large breasts.

How is aesthetic breast reduction surgery performed?

Breast reduction surgery is performed under general anesthesia. There are different incisions and different techniques in breast reduction surgery. Which technique is chosen depends on the size of the breasts, their sagging and why the operation is performed. Details are discussed with the patient before surgery. For breasts that are moderately large and sagging, a keyhole incision (an incision that goes down around the areola and descends vertically towards the middle of the breast) is often used. Very large and excessively sagging breasts may require an anchor incision (inverted T) with a horizontal incision made along the inframammary fold.

How is recovery after aesthetic breast reduction surgery?

Immediately after the operation, a special bra is worn to protect the incision areas and provide support to the breasts. If the drain is used, it will be removed within the first few days. Sutures absorb spontaneously. During the first week, there may be swelling and bruising in the breasts. Sleeping in slightly upright position can help reduce these symptoms. The patient should avoid lifting heavy items for the first week. Generally, she can return to work within a week or two after surgery. It is necessary to wait three to four weeks after surgery for light exercise.