Breast Reduction

Gynecomastia in women is mostly genetic. Pregnancy, changes in body weight and breastfeeding can cause the breast to augment and sag. Excessive growth of breasts leads to aesthetical problems as well as constant neck and back pains, limitation in physical exercises and selection of certain outfits and to deformity on the shoulders because of the pressure of bra straps. The aim of breast reduction surgery is to give breasts balance and shape, remove aesthetic concerns and solve physical problems.

How is ideal breast type of a woman determined?

Reduction ratio should be determined according to the patient’s height, weight and body sizes and it is decided during the examination before the surgery, planning the final look of breasts after the surgery. If both of the breasts are in the same size, a general reduction is performed. If the breasts are not balanced in size and if the smaller one is considered to be the normal one, the other one is reduced.

How is breast reduction surgery administered?

During the medical examination made before the surgery, the technique to be used in the surgery, the degree of reduction and its shape is determined and the patient is prepared for surgery. During the surgery, general anesthesia is applied. Incisions are made on the targeted areas determined by the physician during the examination and excessive breast tissue is removed. Shape of the breast is reconstructed and nipple-areola lifted to the place where it should be. The surgery is completed by stitching the incisions.

What is the age limitation for breast reduction?

Breasts should be completely grown for the breast reduction operation. Therefore, surgery is at the very end of puberty. Generally, surgery is applied to patients who are over the age of 20.

Is it inconvenient to get pregnant after breast reduction surgery?

The patient can get pregnant and give birth after this breast reduction surgery. Patients are not expected to have any problem in breastfeeding.

Should I have breast reduction surgery?

Breast reduction surgery is administered not only for aesthetic concerns but also for physical complaints. Breasts larger than your body can carry cause pain on neck, back, waist and shoulders as well as spina curvatures. Breast reduction surgery is an ideal and permanent treatment for those who do not have any restraints to have a surgery or to receive anesthesia.

How is the healing process after operation?

Breast reduction surgery takes two or three hours and is administered under general anesthesia. Patients should stay in hospital overnight after the surgery. Drains which are put in order to evacuate the plethora are removed the day after the surgery. While bruises fade away in seven to ten days, swelling will completely fade away in six to eight weeks. Breasts are expected to gain its natural look in six months.

Are the results of breast reduction surgery permanent?

Results of the breast reduction surgery are permanent since the breast tissue which is extracted does not grow again.