There may be neck, shoulder, back and breast pain in women with big breasts. Additionally, there may be complaints for rash, fungus under breast and cavitation on shoulder region due to bra strap pressure because of big breasts in women. Big breasts, along with its physiological effects, brings about many problems like inability to be active in social life, having difficulty in picking clothes, distancing from sporting and feeling uncomfortable from looks. Breast reduction is a surgical procedure to reduce breast size and relieve its symptoms by removing excess skin, fat and breast tissue from breasts.

Who are eligible candidates for breast reduction surgery?

People with complaints such neck, shoulder, back and breast pain, rash under breasts, bra strap marks and negatice effects on social life, with a good physical health and stable weight are ideal candidates. Purposes of the surgery are to have a more proportional breast size with your body and relieve symptoms and discomfort related to big breasts. There is a natural assymmetri between the breasts of women and this can be reduced with surgery. These will be discussed in detail with you before the surgery. One of the benefits of breast reduction is to move nipple up to a more youthful position.

Breast reduction causes scars on breasts, and their amounts and position depend on type of breast reduction and reduced volume.

What is done during breast reduction surgery?

There are various breast reduction methods and your doctor will determine the most appropriate method for you. Breast reduction surgery can be combined with liposuction to reach the best shape and result.

Before the surgery, markings are done for planning on the breast region. Generally, as much as the breast size increases, a longer cut is needed. In order to reposition nipple and aerola, skin should be removed in changing amounts. At the same time, in order to reduce breast weight, resolve complaints, move breasts in a more youthful, full and higher position, reshaping of breast tissue by removing various amounts of breast tissue is needed. Depending on the needs, drain (the material used for collecting liquids accumulating in surgery region) can be placed. During follow-ups, they are removed with medical dressing in 1 or 3 days.

How is the recovery period of Breast Reduction Surgery? How long resting is needed? When can you continue exercising?

Breast reduction is an operation with general anesthesia and takes around 3 or 4 hours. After anesthesia effect goes down, it will be appropriate to go home or stay under hospital follow-up for 1 day. For a comfortable post-surgery period and good results, it would be better to rest after the procedure. For this, it would be better for you to plan a one-week-resting plan. There can be ache and swelling responding to medicine during first couple of days after the surgery. During the recovery period a supportive bra would need to be worn. Many patients can go back to work within 1 week. During the recovery period, tiring physical activities such as heavy lifting and pulling should be avoided for 6 weeks after the surgery.

What are the scars of Breast Reduction Surgery?

As surgeons, we know the importance of cosmetic results. We make all efforts to optimize the scar size and hide it under the less seen part of breast. Length of cut and its position highly depends on amount of tissue to be removed. Breast reduction marks changes depending on method used. The most used methods are:

  • Vertical – There is circular scar around areola (colorful area around nipple) and vertical line shaped scar under breast fold. This, at the same time, is called as “lollipop.” The method we preffer at our clinic is vertical scar method.
  • Reverse T – There is circular scar around areola (colorful area around nipple) and scar towards vertical line under breast fold and on fold.

Emergence of scars varies between individuals and is strongly related to person’s genetic susceptibility. Scars generally fade away slowly in time, but it is hard to guess its final size and color.

What are the complications of Breast Reduction Surgery?

Breast reduction surgery is usually a safe procedure. The complications are rare as in other cosmetic procedures, and there can be scars, asymmetry, bleeding, infection, swelling and numbness. Complications specific to breast reduction surgery are repetition of sagginess, nipple sense loss and skin loss despite being rare. Your plastic surgeon will give you detailed information about the expected results including possible complications.

When will we see the absolute results of the Breast Reduction Surgery?

The results of the surgery will be seen right after the procedure. As the swellings are reduced, recovery will continue. Small amount of swelling in unnoticeable amounts may continue for 3-6 months after the surgery. Final contour and scar results continues at least 6 months after the surgery.

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