Breast Reduction


The breast reduction surgery or reduction mammoplasty is for patients with large breast volume which, in addition to aesthetics, may also cause problems with back pain and low self-esteem.

When is Breast Reduction surgery recommended?

The Breast Reduction surgery is recommended for patients who have large volume breasts, with both aesthetic complaints (drop in breast asymmetry) and functional (pain, vicious posture, low self-esteem). The surgery techniques are individualized for each patient depending on consistency, shape and size of the breasts.

What type of anesthesia is used for breast reduction surgery?

General anesthesia or block (epidural).

How long is the surgery?

The duration varies according to the technique used and the type of breast, averaging 3-4 hours of surgery.

How long is the hospital stay?

Usually one day post operation.

Will drains be used after the breast reduction surgery?

The use of drains is not recommended for all patients, but are used in most cases in order to remove accumulated secretions in the newly operated area.

How will breast reduction change the size, shape and consistency of my breasts?

Breast reduction aims to reduce the volume of the breasts and reposition the areola to restore the body harmony and improve ptosis (drooping).

When will I see the final result post breast reduction?

The end result of the shape and consistency of your breasts is usually achieved 6 months after the surgery. It will take about 1 year for all the scars the disappear.

Will the result of breast reduction remain after pregnancy?

Pregnancy can slightly change the volume and shape of the breasts.

Why some patients have more visible scars?

Some patients have a tendency to develop hypertrophic or keloid scars. This is due to a genetic predisposition, but some care from the plastic surgeon and the patient can reduce the chance of appearance of these scars.

Are dressings used?

Yes and they need to be changed daily by the surgeon.

When are the stitches removed?

Most of the stitches used are absorbed by the body and the ones that are not will be removed 8-10 days after the surgery.

When can I drive again?

At least 30 days after the surgery.

When can I return to physical activities?

Exercises should be started gradually: light walking after 15 days; exercises that do not involve arms and chest: 20 days and involving the arms and chest after 45 days.

Preoperative Recommendations:

  • Report the team before the operation, provide flu or indisposition;
  • Fasting is required for at least the last 8 hours before the surgery.
  • Avoid alcohol, drugs or very hearty meals the day before surgery;

Postoperative Recommendations:

  • Avoid efforts in the first 15 days;
  • Do not move your arms excessively;
  • Do not expose yourself to the sun for 6 months;
  • Obey the prescriptions;


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