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Breast reduction

Breast reduction, or reduction mammoplasty, reshapes sagging and oversized breasts and /or corrects breast asymmetry, enhancing both body harmony and self-confidence.

 

Preparing for breast reduction

During the preoperative evaluation, the surgeon analyses the main features of the breast describing the achievable changes of shape and size and the replacement of the nipple-areola complex. The pre-surgical assessment is a very important factor to exclude possible complications (high blood pressure, bleeding or scarring problems) that could undermine the surgical outcome; therefore, it is important to follow any advice about diet, use of medications, cigarettes and alcohol.

 

Breast reduction procedure

Breast reduction is performed under general anaesthesia with one or two nights of hospital stay. Light interventions are carried out under local anaesthesia with sedation in day surgery. The procedure lasts from one hour and thirty minutes to three hours; it is painless and requires a medical bra

 

Postoperative care instructions

Breast reduction requires a rest period of 48 hours and, by the third day, it is possible to restart a normal life avoiding strenuous activities, saunas, turkish baths and sunbath. If not overly tiring, most patients can return to work about 7-10 days after surgery, and, within three weeks, they can gradually resume all normal activities, including sports. Two days after surgery, patients could experience swelling, bruising and soreness in the breast area. Infections may occur rarely together with hypersensitivity and hyposensitivity in the nipple areolar region, bleeding and keloid scars especially in smokers. The result achieved is usually very good and long lasting even if not completely permanent as subject to gravity, natural ageing and lifestyle (fattening, weight losses, smoking, pregnancies, etc...).

 

Scars in breast reduction

Incisions occur around the areola or vertically down from the breast crease and horizontally along the breast crease (anchor-shaped incision or inverted T). Scars, anyway, are concealed inside the bra or swimsuit.

 

FAQ

Who undergoes breast reduction?

The procedure is recommended for women having overly large and drooping breasts that can often lead to physical problems such as back pain, pain in the breast region, trouble breathing and ulceration in the inframammary fold and in correspondence to bra straps, as well as psychological and social problems that can affect women in daily life and / or sports and sexual activity. 

Is there an age limit to undergo this type of plastic surgery?

There is no age limit to undergo this procedure even though it is advisable to wait the full development of the breast, reached during puberty.

Is it possible to combine reduction mammoplasty with other cosmetic surgery?

Reduction mammoplasty can be performed alone or in combination with other surgical interventions such mastopexy or other cosmetic procedures provided they are not too challenging for the patient. 

Are there risks and / or complications for this type of plastic surgery?

Breast reduction is a real surgical procedure that must be carried out by qualified surgeons who perform plastic surgery procedures in accredited facilities. In these conditions, results are usually very good, and complications, including bleeding and infections, are rare and can be easily healed; it is important to follow carefully the instructions provided by the surgeon before and after surgery to decrease the occurrence of complications. Smoking can increase the risk of complications and delays healing; therefore, smokers should reduce their cigarette consumption before and after surgery.

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