Breast Reduction – Reduction Mammoplasty

Overly large breasts can often cause serious problems for women. Besides the social and aesthetic inconveniences the weight of the breasts can cause pain in the shoulders and back and require almost constant support, and sweating and rubbing of the skin under the breasts may cause of repeated yeast infections.

In such cases the patient may prefer the size of her breasts to be significantly reduced by plastic surgery, while at the same time correcting the shape of sagging breasts.

About the Surgery

Breast reduction is always performed under general surgery. A one-day clinical in-patient observation is required after surgery.

Wearing a compression bra is advised for several weeks following surgery. Breast reduction usually requires one week of sick leave, and sutures are removed two weeks after surgery. Complete recovery takes 3 to 4 weeks.

Breast reduction can also be performed by liposuction, when only fatty tissue content is removed from the breast without excision of breast tissue, however the maximum reduction performed with liposuction will be approximately 20%.

The extent of reduction is nearly unlimited, if fatty content is removed from the glandular substance too. But, after glandular substance surgery complications may arise during breast-feeding.

The newly formed shape of the breast is lasting, but there will always be a barely noticeable, discrete trace of the surgical incision.

Method of Anesthesia: general or epidural anesthesia
Duration of Surgery: 2 to 3 hours
Duration of Clinical In-patient Treatment: 1 to 2 nights of clinical in-patient observation
Suture Removal: 2 to 3 weeks after the surgery
Wearing a Specialized Bra: 4 to 6 weeks after surgery
Restriction from Exercise and Physical Strain: 6 to 8 weeks after surrey


Breast reduction surgery leaves the patient with lighter and more nicely shaped breasts, as well as relieves negative aesthetic and physical issues associated with overly large breasts. The patient is left with increased self-confidence, a better general state of health, and the opportunity to do sports without pain.

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