Breast reduction: reducing your breasts
If you feel uncomfortable, or have physical or psychological problems because your breasts are too heavy, breast reduction may be a solution for you. The difference from a breast lift is that with a breast reduction gland tissue is removed, and with a breast lift, it is not. The result of the procedure is permanent. If you are planning to lose weight, it is wise to do so before you undergo the breast reduction operation. Due to weight loss, your breasts can also decrease in size and thus become different than your wishes. This can be corrected during the operation. Also for men who suffer from male breast formation or gynecomastia, reduction can be an interesting option. On this page , you will find more information about this.
Are you considering a breast correction because you are no longer happy with the shape of your breasts after pregnancy, breastfeeding, or because you have lost weight? In these cases, a breast lift is possible. Read more about a breast lift after weight loss or a breast lift after pregnancy or breastfeeding.
Are you interested in a breast reduction? Then make an appointment with Dr Schiettecatte for a no-obligation consultation in Clinic Veldhoven or CosMed Clinic in Bos en Duin.
Dr Schiettecatte is your treating plastic surgeon in Clinic Veldhoven and CosMed Clinic in Bos en Duin. Dr Schiettecatte is always happy to discuss your wishes and the possibilities with you in detail during a personal and no-obligation intake interview prior to the procedure. During the consultation, you discuss your wishes and complaints. After a brief examination, Dr Schiettecatte gives you advice about the possibilities for a breast reduction and the procedure. After the consultation, you will receive a tailor-made quotation. Consult your health care insurer to determine your reimbursement for your breast reduction.
For a breast reduction, Dr Schiettecatte works with you to find a new balance between your breasts and the rest of your body. Prior to the surgery, he marks on your body which part of the breast tissue and skin will be removed. During the operation, an incision is first made around the nipple. An incision is also made on the underside of the breast, vertically to the breast fold. Then the breasts are reduced by removing the breast tissue and usually also part of the skin. Sometimes the nipple is also reduced. The wound is sutured with very fine thread to minimize scarring. The operation takes place under general anaesthesia and takes two to three hours.
After the operation: recovery
The result is visible immediately after the operation. The final assessment takes place after one year. Because of the procedure, your breasts will be painful and swollen for some time. The scars are also red and swollen. This will decrease over time (about six months). After about one year, the scars will appear only as white lines. This is unavoidable, especially around the areola. The line on the underside of your breast is less visible due to its position.
Immediately after the reduction of your breasts, your breast is dressed with a bandage. Sometimes, small tubes (drains) are placed during surgery to drain the wound fluid from the wound. These drains are removed around three days after the operation. The sutures will be removed after approximately two weeks by Dr Schiettecatte now.
For rapid healing, you wear a special bra day and night for six weeks after surgery. Then you wear a sturdy sports bra for some time. After this recovery period, you can wear regular lingerie.
During the first six weeks after the operation, you should strictly avoid the following activities:
- intense physical effort,
- heavy lifting (of children and groceries),
- lifting your arms above your head.
You are also best off not tanning in the first year (also not using a sunbed), in connection with hyperpigmentation of the scars.
Risks and complications with breast reduction
As with any surgery, a breast reduction operation also involves risks, although complications are rare. Bleeding afterwards and infection are possible. The risk of infection is significantly lower in non-smokers (less than 1%). Very rarely, a thickened (hypertrophic) scar can develop, or the sensitivity of the breast can permanently decrease. Dr Schiettecatte discusses all possible risks with you before the procedure. He also discusses with you what you can do yourself to limit the risks.
|Duration of the operation:||about two to three hours.|
|Admission to the clinic:||for one night.|
|Pain relief afterwards:||paracetamol or a similar painkiller.|
|Drains:||sometimes, will be removed two days after the operation.|
|Sutures:||will be removed about two weeks after surgery.|
|Bandage::||will be removed one week after surgery.|
|Practical:||avoid lifting, strenuous physical effort, exercising and lifting your arms above your head for up to six weeks after surgery. Also avoid direct sunlight in the first year after your surgery, due to the risk of hyperpigmentation of the scars.|
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