Breast Reduction

What is Breast Reduction Surgery?

Breast reduction surgery, called mammoplasty, is a type of breast aesthetic surgery preferred by women whose breast volume, size and shape are disproportionately large and drooping compared to their body. It is also a procedure that can be applied to men with excessive breast tissue development.

The aim of breast reduction surgeries performed by removing excess tissue and fat to ensure that the breasts have a balanced weight and a proportional appearance in the body. In this regard, breast reduction surgeries are preferred not only for the elimination of aesthetic concerns, but also for reducing the physical burden. Because large and sagging breasts according to body size can be disturbing not only visually, but also in terms of causing health problems such as back and neck pain.

Just like all aesthetic surgery operations, breast reduction surgery is not performed only on the person’s will. Although the wishes or intentions are individual, the decision and implementation phase requires professionalism.

How is Breast Reduction Surgery Performed?

Before the decision for breast reduction surgery is taken, it is determined whether the applicant is a suitable candidate for this operation. At the first doctor’s meeting, the patient’s complaints, expectations, desired result, health status, drug use, whether there is a history of breast cancer are evaluated, and the patient is informed in detail about all processes of mammoplasty, that is, breast reduction surgery. The final decision about breast reduction surgery is made based on the results of physical examinations and laboratory tests deemed necessary. Although breast reduction surgeries are mostly performed under general anesthesia, the type of anesthesia will be determined by the doctor before the operation, according to the patient’s health condition. In breast reduction operations, although it varies according to the size of the breast, incisions called reverse T and lollipops are made, and the inner tissues that make up the size are removed. Generally, it is tried not to touch the mammary glands. Depending on the technique used and the size of the breasts, the duration of the operation may take between 2 and 4 hours.

What is the Recovery Process in Breast Reduction Surgery?

There are some issues that patients should pay attention to before and after the operation in order for the recovery period to be short and the recovery period to be quick in breast reduction surgeries.

  • Quitting Smoking: Smoking poses a risk, especially for surgeries that will be performed under general anesthesia. It slows down the wound healing process after surgery. For this reason, it is strongly requested to quit smoking at least 2 weeks before the operation.
  • Medications Used : The patient should give complete information to his doctor about the medications he regularly uses at the first interview stage. Which drugs are used is an important information for the planning stage of the breast reduction procedure, because the doctor may want to suspend the use of some drugs that will risk the operation process, if necessary. In addition, it should be noted that blood thinners should not be used before surgery as they increase the risk of bleeding.
  • Postoperative Hygiene: Lack of hygiene increases the risk of post-operative infection. The most important issue for the patient is to keep the surgical area sterile.
  • Wound Care: Another issue to be considered in order to reduce the risk of infection is wound care after surgery. The doctor’s instructions should be followed meticulously, and the wound care procedure should be applied without ignoring the hygiene condition.

After breast reduction surgery, it is recommended that the patient wait about 2 weeks to recover and return to his daily life and work. It is necessary to avoid strenuous physical activities for 3 to 6 weeks. As in every breast surgery, a medical corset is used in breast reduction surgery.


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As with all aesthetic treatments, one of the most curious subjects of breast reduction surgery is about how the new appearance will be. Complaints related to physical symptoms such as back and neck pain, which develop depending on the size of the breast and the degree of sagging, are expected to disappear with the surgery. The breast reduction procedure, which shapes the breasts to be more proportional and measured on the body, compensates for the lack of self-confidence caused by aesthetic concerns and offers satisfactory results in terms of alleviating not only physical but also psychological burdens.