Dr. Mukami Gathariki

Reduction Mammaplasty/Breast Reduction

Breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammaplasty, is a procedure used to remove excess fat, tissue and skin from the breasts. If you have large breasts, you might choose to have breast reduction surgery to ease discomfort or to achieve a breast size proportionate to your body.

Breast reduction surgery might also help improve your self-image and your ability to participate in physical activities.

Why it’s done

Breast reduction surgery is meant for women who have large breasts and want to resolve issues such as:

  • Chronic back, neck and shoulder pain that requires pain medications
  • Chronic rash or skin irritation under the breasts
  • Nerve pain
  • Restricted activity
  • Poor self-image related to large breasts
  • Difficulty fitting into bras and clothing

How you prepare

Your plastic surgeon will likely:

  • Evaluate your medical history and overall health
  • Discuss your expectations for breast size and appearance after the surgery
  • Provide a detailed description of the procedure and its risks and benefits, including likely scarring and possible loss of sensation
  • Examine and measure your breasts
  • Take photographs of your breasts for your medical record
  • Explain the type of anesthesia used during surgery

What you can expect

Breast reduction surgery is usually done under general anesthesia, either in a hospital or outpatient surgical facility.

During the procedure

The specific technique used to reduce the size of your breasts can vary. The procedure might include:

  • Surgery through incisions
  • Liposuction to remove the excess fat in your breasts

The surgeon usually:

  • Makes an incision around the areola and down each breast
  • Removes excess breast tissue, fat and skin to reduce the size of each breast
  • Reshapes the breast and repositions the nipple and areola

What you can expect

Breast reduction surgery is usually done under general anesthesia, either in a hospital or outpatient surgical facility.

During the procedure

The specific technique used to reduce the size of your breasts can vary. The procedure might include:

  • Surgery through incisions
  • Liposuction to remove the excess fat in your breasts

The surgeon usually:

  • Makes an incision around the areola and down each breast
  • Removes excess breast tissue, fat and skin to reduce the size of each breast
  • Reshapes the breast and repositions the nipple and areola
  • You’ll need to limit physical activity for two to four weeks while the breasts heal
  • Your surgeon might suggest avoiding underwire bras for a few months after surgery

Scarring usually fades over time. You will need a follow-up visit with your surgeon to remove stitches and check your recovery.

Results

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Successful breast reduction surgery can relieve pain in your upper back, neck and shoulders. It might also increase your ability to participate in physical activities and promote a more positive self-image.

Although you’ll see results immediately, remember that it can take months for the swelling to completely go down and the surgical scars to fade. The final result is generally permanent — although breast shape and size can change due to factors such as aging and weight gain or loss

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