Breast reduction surgery removes a lot of the breast tissue and
skin from the breasts. This reshapes and lifts the breasts and reduces their
size. It can also make the dark area around the nipple smaller.
Your doctor makes a cut around the dark area and down to the
crease under the breast. The cut is called an incision. To reduce the breast size, the doctor removes extra
skin and breast tissue. The doctor sews the remaining skin together. This
tightens and lifts the breasts. The surgery may pull the nipples and the area
around them into a different spot on the breasts. Your doctor may need to
move your nipples higher. You may lose some feeling in them because of
this. The doctor closes the incisions with stitches.
surgery, your breasts will weigh less. But you may have lasting scars on your
breasts. And you may have less feeling in your breasts and nipples. Breast
reduction may make it hard to breastfeed.
surgery is usually done in a hospital or surgical centre. You will likely be
asleep for your surgery. You will probably be able to go
home the same day. Depending on the type of work you do, you should be able to
go back to work or your normal routine in 2 to 3 weeks. The incisions leave
scars that usually fade a lot with time.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go
to all appointments, and call your doctor if you are having problems. It's also
a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you
Surgery can be
stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for surgery.
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Current as of:
October 13, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Keith A. Denkler, MD - Plastic Surgery
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