Breast Reduction

What is Breast Reduction Surgery?

The breast reduction procedure involves the removal of both excess skin and fat from the breasts, which are then reshaped and the nipple / areola complex repositioned to form smaller, more naturally shaped breasts.

Who Is Suitable For Breast Reduction Surgery?

A woman’s breast size is determined by several factors. These include:

  • Family history
  • Body weight
  • Hormonal status

Overly large breasts not only become an issue at various life stages, but can cause certain issues too. These include:

  • Back and neck ache.
  • Difficulty in fitting in to fashionable clothes.
  • Badly fitting bras.
  • Embarrassment and self-consciousness.
  • Skin rashes under the breast.
  • Difficulty when playing sports.

As a result, people may look to reduce these problems through breast reduction surgery (also known as reduction mammoplasty).

The Breast Reduction Procedure:

  • You will be put under general anaesthesia to ensure you don’t experience pain during the operation.
  • The incision will be made around the areola, either with a circular, keyhole or an anchor-shape.
  • The nipple is repositioned and the areola is made smaller by removing skin.
  • Some breast tissue is removed and the remaining is reshaped.
  • The breast is closed.

You’ll be left with smaller, more manageable and more attractive breasts.

What You Need To Know About Breast Reduction Surgery

  • The patient usually stays in hospital for at least 1 night.
  • In the most common form of breast reduction, scars will result around the areola, then vertically down the breast and horizontally along the breast creases.
  • The operation takes between 2 and 4 hours to perform.
  • Asymmetries in breast size may also be corrected.
  • Liposuction may also be performed on the fatty areas under the armpits.

What To Expect After Breast Reduction Surgery

  • Following surgery, most patients wear a firm support bra for 2 to 6 weeks.
  • Some patients continue to wear a support bra indefinitely.
  • Most patients take 2 weeks off work.
  • No lifting during this first 2 weeks, and no heavy lifting for at least 6 weeks.
  • Most women can resume normal activity within 4 to 6 weeks.
  • The breasts will feel bruised, tender and swollen for several weeks.
  • Ice packs may be used to reduce the swelling and make the breasts feel more comfortable.
  • As with all scars, they will slowly fade over 6 to 12 months. However, they may never disappear.

The Benefits Of Breast Reduction Surgery Include:

  • Gained self-confidence and less embarrassment
  • Reduction in back pain, neck pain and other body issues.
  • If you’re an asthma sufferer, it can help relieve chest stress.
  • Fitting into various clothing styles becomes easier.


It is generally advised that most women will not be able to breastfeed following a Breast Reduction. However, when techniques are used that preserve the connections between the milk ducts and the nipple, breast-feeding may become possible.

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