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Breasts Breast Reduction

Breast Reduction

Women with large breasts experience more than dissatisfaction with body image - they may experience physical pain and discomfort. Overly large breasts and the weight of excess breast tissue can cause pain and physical conditions that impair a womans ability to lead an active life. The emotional discomfort and self-consciousness often associated with having large pendulous breasts is as important an issue to many women as the physical discomfort and pain. If you have large breasts that limit your physical activity and cause pain, breast reduction may be right for you. Breast reduction surgery removes excess breast fat, glandular tissue and skin to achieve a breast size in proportion with a womans body and to alleviate the discomfort associated with overly large breasts. In general, breast reduction surgery will not only correct the functional symptoms associated with large breasts, but will also result in better proportioned breasts, enhancing a womans body image and self-confidence.
This brochure presents an overview of breast reduction. The best way to learn how a breast reduction can help fulfill your personal goals is a consultation with a plastic surgeon.

» What is a breast reduction?

Breast reduction is a surgical procedure to reduce the size of large pendulous breasts that are disproportionate to a womans body and can cause physical discomfort. Technically called reduction mammaplasty, breast reduction improves breast size, shape and the associated conditions of large breasts that include:

 

  • Back, neck and shoulder pain caused by the weight of excess breast tissue
  • Shoulder discomfort and indentation from bra straps that support heavy, pendulous breasts
  • Restricted physical activity due to breast size and the associated discomfort
  • Skin irritation beneath the breast crease
  • Sagging, stretched skin and a low breast profile where, when unsupported, the nipple rests below the breast crease
  • An enlarged areola (the dark skin surrounding the nipple) caused by stretched skin

 

Breast reduction can be performed unilaterally (on one breast) or bilaterally (on both breasts)
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» Where do I begin?

A consultation with your plastic surgeon is the first step to learn how a breast reduction can improve the appearance of your breasts and relieve pain, discomfort and any associated symptoms you may have resulting from large, pendulous breasts
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» Evaluation

Overall health and personal outlook can greatly impact the outcome of breast reduction surgery. These will be carefully evaluated in consultation with your plastic surgeon. The success of your procedure, safety and overall satisfaction require that you:

 

  • Honestly share your expectations
  • Fully disclose health history, current medications, the use of vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drugs
  • Be candid about any history of breast cancer in your family and your personal breast health

» Safety

By making the decision to consult a plastic surgeon and following all the instructions given, you are taking an important step in helping to assure your safety.


Your plastic surgeon should have completed surgical training and examinations in plastic surgery which uniquely qualifies them to perform cosmetic and reconstructive procedures of the face and entire body
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» My breast reduction

Breast reduction is more commonly performed through incisions with surgical removal of the excess fat, glandular tissue and skin that contribute to large, pendulous breasts. The most common approach is a keyhole incision pattern
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» Preparing for surgery

Your plastic surgeon will carefully explain your breast reduction procedure. Prior to surgery, you will be given specific instructions that may include:

 

  • Pre-surgical considerations, diagnostic testing and medications
  • Day of surgery instructions and medications
  • Speific information related to the use of anesthesia

 

In addition, you will be asked to sign consent forms indicating that you fully understand the procedure you will undergo and the risks or potential complications
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» Following surgery

Once your procedure is complete, dressing or bandages will be applied to your incisions. An elastic bandage or support bra should be worn to minimize swelling and support the breasts as they heal. A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood that may collect
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» Progress and healing

Initial healing will include swelling and discomfort at the incision sites. Discomfort is common and can be controlled with medication. A support bra may be recommended around the clock for the first few weeks
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» Results

The final results of breast reduction will appear over the next few months as breast shape and position continue to settle. Incision lines are permanent scars, but they will improve over time and can be hidden under most swimsuits
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Prices

» Breast Reduction€ 2800,00 - 3900,00