Breast reduction


Certain women experience excessive growth of the breasts during puberty (so called macro- or gigantomastia). Depending on the level of severity, macromastia may cause severe neck, shoulder or back pain as well as headaches. The complaints can be treated for a certain period through physical therapy, muscle strengthening and correct body posture. If the problems persist, however, a breast reduction can usually alleviate them.

Completely developed breast as well as a stable weight for at least 6 months are the prerequisites for a breast reduction. Concluded family planning is also recommended.

This surgery is performed in general anesthesia. Markings are applied before surgery.

The breast volume is usually reduced in the lower parts of the breast depending on the individual findings. The nipple and the areola are moved upward into the correct position, 19-23cm from the sternal notch, depending on the size of the patient.
A circular scar remains around the areola and a vertical scar from the areola to the submammary fold. An additional scar in the submammary fold might be necessary for breasts with larger volumes.
A support bra must be worn day and night for 6 weeks after the procedure.

Facts

Duration of surgery: approx. 1.5 hours
Anesthesia: General
Duration of stay: 3 nights
Drainages: 1 per breast
Support bra day and night for 6 weeks, during the day for another 6 weeks
Inability to work: approx. 1 week