What is a breast reduction surgery?
Large, heavy hanging breasts can be a burden, preventing you from enjoying sports, buying the clothes you want and making you the brunt of many jokes. Breast reduction can remedy these problems helping you to feel more comfortable with yourself.
Performed to bring the breasts into proportion with the rest of the body and ease discomfort, breast reduction can also be performed as part of a body-shaping programme, alongside a tummy tuck and liposuction and/or other cosmetic procedures.
Who is a suitable candidate for breast reduction surgery?
Those over 18 years who have physical and emotional pain, such as neck and backache caused by large breasts are well suited. Sagging and any asymmetries in the shape or size of the breasts can also be treated at the same time.
How long does a breast reduction last?
Results are long lasting; however breast size and shape will change with any future pregnancies, hormonal changes, weight fluctuations, and age. Not wearing supportive underwear can also have an adverse effect.
How is breast reduction procedure performed?
Usually performed using an ‘anchor shaped’ incision that circles the areola, this extends downwards to and along the natural crease of the body to below the breasts (much shorter with newer techniques). In most cases, the nipples stay attached to their blood vessels and nerves. However, if the breasts are very large, they may then need to be removed and grafted into a higher position (rarely performed). The skin is then brought from both sides of the breast down and around the areola, shaping the new contour of the breast.
Duration of operation – 1.5 to 2 hours in our clinic (that results in less bleeding, less operation problems and fast recovery)
Hospital stay: 1 night
What to expect immediately after surgery
You will usually leave the hospital with elastic bandages over your breasts, which will be swollen and tender for several days. A soft support bra will replace these bandages 4-5 days later, which will be worn for up to 8 weeks. This soft support bra (rather than the elastic bandages) is occasionally put immediately after the operation. A loss of feeling in the nipples and breast skin is normal and usually passes within 1-6 months, during which time activities should be restricted. Drains may be left in place to remove excess fluid from the body however these are usually removed 1-4 days later following surgery.
How long will it be before I can get back to my normal life?
This is not a simple operation and recovery should not be rushed. A 7-10 night stay is recommended in Turkey following the procedure and most people can return to work within 2 weeks. You should limit exercise until your energy levels increase and avoid anything other than gentle contact with your new breasts for up to 6 weeks. It will take around 3 months for your breasts to settle into their new size and shape.
Can breast reduction surgery be performed without scar?
The removal of skin and necessitates the creation of scars on and under the breasts. Most scars are conspicuous initially, and they may be lumpy and red for some months, however with the right care, over the next 12 months they will fade in appearance. These scars are much shorter with newer methods.
Does breast reduction affect breast-feeding?
Breast reduction removes many of the milk ducts leading to the nipples; therefore breast-feeding may not be possible after this procedure.