Breast Reduction


A woman’s dream is to have flawless, upright, and aesthetic breasts. Self-esteem problems caused by the birth process, frequent weight gain and loss, and sagging of large breasts due to genetic factors become a nightmare for women. Breast reduction surgery is preferred due to the fact that the body bends forward due to advanced breast size and weight, back and spine pains, bone deformations, rashes or sores that develop under the breast, pain and inability to find clothing suitable for weight. Shrinking large breast tissue is possible with surgical operation

Excessive growth of breast tissue (obesity and pregnancy) during, or after its development causes not only aesthetic but also many medical problems. Breast reduction surgeries are performed in these cases, called breast hypertrophy or macromastia.

What is the purpose of breast reduction surgery?
The main purpose of breast reduction surgery is to achieve symmetrical, upright and aesthetic breasts that look equal. In breast reduction surgery, it is aimed to reduce the breasts to a size where the patient can be more comfortable. The patient is freed from the back, neck and shoulder pains caused by large breasts and a more dynamic and attractive appearance is provided.

How to perform breast reduction surgery?

This operation is carried out in accordance with certain techniques and plans. In the operation, the gland tissue, adipose tissue, skin and nipple area of the breast can be reduced according to the patient’s request. While the breast tissue is reduced during the surgery, the sagging caused by excess tissue is eliminated. In this way, smaller, tighter and steeper breasts are obtained. Before breast reduction surgery, there is a photo shoot and planning is made, accordingly, the surgical plan is drawn on the breast. The operation is carried out entirely on the basis of this plan. With this planning, breasts are created in the most appropriate way for that patient. There’s a breast size for every body structure.

According to the breast volume and the age of the patient in breast reduction; there can only be a limited operation scar around the nipple, a scar extending straight down from the nipple (vertical technique) or an inverted T-shaped scar. These traces first turn red pink, over time they return to normal skin color. The scars remain in the bra under the nipple in any way. In breast reduction surgery, a technique called short “T” is used. In this technique, the person has a T-shape scar that extends from the cirrtensive around the nipple to the lower line of the chest.

How long does breast reduction surgery take?

This operation is performed under general anesthesia (by putting the patient to sleep). The operation varies according to breast volume but lasts about 3-5 hours. Patients stay in the hospital for 1 day. It is then monitored from the feet and put into dressings. The drains in the breast (the pipe that drains the blood collection inside) are taken on the 1st or 2nd day after the operation. If everything is normal, about 5-6 dressings are enough. In the post-operative days, dressings are facilitated and edema is reduced thanks to special corset bras. Bruises on the breasts can fully heal in 7-10 days, swellings at about 6-8 weeks. Breasts acquire a completely natural appearance in 5-6 months. After the operation, bathing can be done on the 5th-7th day, sea and pool can be entered on the 8-10th day.

After the Breast Reduction surgery
Problems that may be encountered after surgery are divided into early and late period problems. Problems such as bleeding, infection and delay problems in wound healing in the early period are extremely rare but normal. Late-term problems may appear as problems that depend on the trace or shape. Prominentness in the scars, redness, itching are common problems in some dark-skinned people in the early period, but may require medication. Problems with shape are mostly problems with size. Therefore, the desired breast size before surgery should be clearly determined by taking into account other features of the body. If a young patient considering this operation considers giving milk later, it should be noted to the surgeon before the operation. Our operations are usually carried out with a technique called central pedicle technique that does not disturb the nipple-mammary gland relationship. This technique is the technique that protects the milk ducts and, among other reasons, the patient is most likely able to give milk.

Can patients breastfeed after breast reduction surgery?
The breastfeeding condition after the breast reduction surgery depends on the size of the breast, the rate of sagging of the breast, the age of the patient. Breastfeeding function can be maintained by using techniques that protect the mammary gland and nipple for patients who want to have children. Breastfeeding function can be waived with the patient’s knowledge and consent if it is desired to provide sufficient reduction for oversized breasts.

Will there be any scars after breast reduction surgery?
There can be a small scar remaining after the breast reduction surgery. In breast reduction surgery, the scar part may vary depending on the techniques preferred during the surgery. After the surgery, there may be inverted T, L or I-shaped scars around the nipple and below the nipple. The scar around the nipple ring is not obvious because it intersects with the dark area. The scar under the breast is also not visible when viewed from the front.

When can I recover after the operation?
You will stay in the hospital for one day after breast reduction surgery. You can go home the next day. 4-6 days after the operation, the healing process is determined by the doctor’s follow-up, and you can start taking a shower. It is possible to return to work one week after breast reduction surgery. After the surgery, the first and second weeks are checked. In the second control, your stitches are removed and it is recommended that you wear the special corset bra for at least 6 weeks.

How long do I need to wear a corset after breast reduction surgery?
It is recommended to wear a special corset bra for one month after the operation. During the following month, you need to stay away from doing heavy sports and things that will tire you. 6 months after breast reduction surgery, swelling and edema in the area are completely reduced and your breasts gain their ideal appearance.

How big the breasts are reduced in breast reduction surgery?
It depends on the patient’s shoulder width, chest circumference and general body measurements. How much the breast is desired to be reduced may vary depending on whether the patient wants to preserve the breastfeeding function or not.

What should I pay attention to after breast reduction surgery?
You should avoid heavy work and sports for the first month after breast reduction surgery. You need to rest, especially in the first 3 days. For a month, you should not do movements such as pushing and pulling, you should not lift heavy. Your stitches will be removed within 12-15 days after breast reduction surgery. Your edema will go down in 3-4 weeks. You need 6 months to get the full shape of your breasts and get rid of edema.


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