Reduction Mammaplasty

(breast reduction)

Indication: 

After puberty, breasts are firm due to the proportion of glandular tissue. With time, there is a decrease in the amount of glandular tissue, an increase in fat tissue and a tendency towards ptosis (drooping breasts). Pregnancy is an important factor that accelerates breast ptosis.

Mammaplasty is designed to correct this picture, suspending the breasts and removing excess skin and mammary tissue.

It is indicated for the reduction of large breasts and for suspending drooping breasts.

Type of anesthesia: 

Usually general anesthesia is used. Local anesthesia with sedation or peridural anesthesia are seldom used.

Length of hospital stay: 

Usually 24 hours.

Postoperative:

The patients should avoid physical efforts for 30 days, and should refrain from raising the arms during the first 14 days. A special surgical bra must be used for approximately 1.5 month, depending on the doctor’s orientation. Sports activities may be resumed after two months.

Complications: 

Although rare, the following complications should be mentioned: hematoma, infection, dehiscence (surgical wound separation), cheloid (depending on the patient’s individual predisposition), skin injury.

Definitive result: 

During the first months, the scar is reddened; with times it becomes off-white. Around the 3rd month, the breasts accommodate (bascule), rounding up the contours of the lower region, which was rectified by the surgical procedure. The final result is achieved between 6 months and 1 year.