Excessively large breasts can lead to stretch marks and painful bra grooves as well as back, shoulder, and neck pain. A breast reduction can help combat all these discomforts. This medical condition, known as macromastia, is also associated with stretch marks on the breast and sagging of the breasts (ptosis). Breast reduction surgery involves placing an incision around the nipple to reposition it, in addition to a vertical and horizontal incision to shape the breast. Ideally, the nipple should be at the level of the lower breast fold (inframammary crease) and the breast should assume a sloped or tear drop shape. In contrast to a breast lift, a breast reduction involves removal of excess skin and breast gland. Before breast reduction, women should have a recent mammogram. After breast reduction, weight should be maintained to prevent recurrence of large breasts.
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3 – 4 hours
Temporary swelling, bruising, and some pain
Pain, bleeding, infection, asymmetry, incomplete improvement, sensory changes in the nipple, inability to breastfeed
Back to work: 1 – 2 weeks. More strenuous activity: 2 – 3 weeks
1 – 2 months for swelling to completely resolve
Duration of Results:
Permanent if weight is maintained