Breast reductions are normally initially motivated for medical reasons, but often also result in significant aesthetic improvements.
The first thing that happens when you have decided to go ahead and perform a breast reduction is that you book an appointment for a consultation with a plastic surgeon.
A breast reduction is performed under anesthesia and normally takes 2-3 hours to complete.
In some cases, the patient leaves the clinic the same day after a couple of hours’ rest. In other cases, the patient may stay overnight.
The bandage is removed within a couple of days after your breast reduction.
Expect swelling and decreased sensitivity for several months after your breast reduction.
Although you will be up and moving after only a day or two—probably with pain in your breasts—you should avoid lifting heavy objects for the first month after surgery.
A breast reduction is not an uncomplicated plastic surgery procedure, but is considered relatively risk-free as long as it is performed by a qualified plastic surgeon.
Some patients are affected by soreness around the nipple and along the other scars.
As a patient, you should be aware that through an operation you “exchange” large breasts for scars. These show where the nineteen were placed as:
The extent and appearance of the surgical scars differs from patient to patient. They will never disappear completely, but with time they will fade. All scars heal differently, but remember that healing takes time, so count on 12-18 months before you can see the final result.
To minimize the appearance of scars, you should lose them for the first six months, or as long as they are red. The tape should be replaced when it begins to loosen – about once a week. The tape helps to stretch out and hold the scars together. The scars should also not be exposed to sun or solarium radiation for the first six months.
The operation may result in a certain asymmetry (unevenness) in the size of the breasts, the location or the position of the nipples.
Some patients experience a partial or complete loss of sensation in the nipples or in the entire breast.
In exceptional cases , blood circulation to the areola and nipples is lost, which leads to tissue damage (so-called necrosis). In such cases, the nipple and areola can be recreated, which, however, requires reconstructive treatment.