Very large breasts can cause pain, skin irritation in the sub-mammary crease, respiratory problems, skeletal abnormalities and reduced self-esteem. Breast reduction is usually performed to relieve the patient from these problems. The surgical procedure lasts 2-4 hours and is performed under general anesthesia.
During surgery, an anchor-shaped incision is made, which extends from the new nipple position downwards and then along the sub-mammary crease, the crease that joins the breast to the thoracic wall. The surgeon removes fat and mammary gland as well as excess skin with this incision, which results in smaller breasts that are less heavy and are in harmony with the patient’s body structure. At the end of the procedure, a bandage is wrapped around the breasts; on the first post-operative day, this is replaced by a special brassiere that must be worn by the patient for one month.
The sutures are removed 7-10 days after surgery. Patients may feel mild pain immediately after surgery, which is usually described as disturbance, numbness or stinging (pinching). Furthermore, there is usually swelling and bruising. Most women return to work approximately 2 weeks after surgery, although they should avoid lifting heavy objects for 3-4 weeks.
The incision scars will subside over time, but will not disappear. The surgical result will be long-lasting, that is, the breasts will maintain their new size, unless the woman loses a lot of weight or gets pregnant. Naturally, no one can stop the effects of time and gravity, which may cause the breast skin to sag many years after surgery.