Breast Reduction Procedure Overview

What does breast reduction surgery do? Breast reduction surgery can remove tissue and skin from the breasts with the objective to reshape and reduce the size of the breasts. It can also decrease the size of the areola if required.

To remove tissue and skin from the breast, the surgeon Dr Zacharia should first make one or more cuts in the breasts. The skin is closed after the excess tissue and skin have been removed and after that, the skin is closed with a number of stitches. The nipple and the areola have to be removed and stitched to a new spot and this could cause a temporary loss of feeling in the nipple since the nerves have been cut off. Breast reduction surgery is usually done in a hospital or a surgical center using anesthesia and it take from three to 5 hours to complete.

Breast lifting, also known as Mastopexy, is similar to a breast reduction, but only the skin is actually removed in this case. Breast lift is used for raising sagging or drooping breasts – a very common problem with women that have large, heavy breasts. In this surgery, excess skin from the button of the breasts and the area near the areola is removed. The rest of the skin is then melded together which results in the general lifting of the area.

After the surgery

After the surgery, gauze is placed over the incisions and the breasts are wrapped in a bandage that is supported by a special surgical bra. In most cases, there usually is a tube that drains blood and fluid from the breast for a couple of days.

Many women experience breast pain after the first few days after surgery and then discomfort for a period lasting a week or more. Medicine is available for reducing the pain and wearing a surgical bra all day is very important to reduce swelling.

Within a couple of weeks, normal activities like work and general daily routine can be resumed but is very good to avoid difficult exercises and activities for 3 or 4 weeks or more. Wearing a sport or an athletic bra is very important during the recovery period.