Breast Reduction

Overly large breasts can be associated with either physical limitations in an active lifestyle and/or emotional issues of self-image or self-confidence.   The excess weight of heavy breasts can be corrected by a breast reduction or mammaplasty surgery.

IS BREAST REDUCTION SUITABLE FOR ME?

  • Are physically healthy
  • Have breasts that limit your physical activity
  • Experience neck, shoulder or back discomfort or pain
  • Your breasts are heavy and sagging
  • The nipples hang down below the breast crease
  • The skin has stretched enlarging the areolas
  • Are self-conscious about the size of your breasts

At your consultation with the surgeon, you will be evaluated as to whether the procedure is suitable for you. There are several factors such as your medical history and current health status that are very important.  While discussing your issues, it’s important that you have realistic expectations of what a breast reduction is and what it can do.  If you are planning on breastfeeding, you should also discuss this with the surgeon as this may be limited after the surgery.  The consultation with the surgeon will enable you to come to an informed decision.

Breast Reduction Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS BREAST REDUCTION?

A breast reduction, also known as reduction mammaplasty, is a surgical procedure that is performed to reduce breast size.  The procedure involves removing excess breast fat, glandular tissue, and skin.  The goal of the procedure is to create better breast-body proportionality and alleviate the symptoms of pain or discomfort associated with overly large breasts.  

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

The major benefits of having a breast reduction procedure include relief of any discomfort, pain or physical limitation in your lifestyle.  As a result, your clothes will fit better and your breast size will be more in proportion to your body.  Emotional issues attached to your breast size should also go away and this will help to enhance your self-image and self-confidence.

WILL IT LEAVE A SCAR?

Breast reduction surgery is associated with scars mostly around the nipple and areola area as well as under the breast and in the inframammary fold or crease.  Fortunately, the location of these incisions are easily concealed by your clothing and the scars will heal and fade with time.  The scars may never completely become undetectable, but your surgeon will endeavor to make them as inconspicuous as possible.

HOW LONG WILL THE RESULTS LAST?

The results of a breast reduction surgery are long-lasting for many years, but in due time with natural aging, the effects of gravity on your breasts, pregnancy, significant amounts of weight gain or sudden loss of weight, the breasts may alter in shape and size. In achieving the best results, you should adhere to the surgeon’s post-surgical recommendations.

HOW LONG WILL THE PROCEDURE TAKE?

Depending on the extent and technique of the surgery, the procedure can take anywhere from 1-3 hours per breast.

WHAT IS THE RECOVERY TIME? HOW LONG BEFORE I'M ACTIVE AGAIN?

This very much depends on the extent of the surgery you have and your body’s own healing abilities. Generally speaking, a full recovery can take anywhere from 2-6 weeks so it is recommended that you make your plans to return to work and daily routine appropriately. With that said, it is recommended that you start moving around within 1-2 days of the procedure. However, you should not attempt any strenuous exercise or work for at least 6 weeks post-op. For example, you should not lift any heavy weights or move large objects. You can return to work or normal daily activities after 2-3 weeks. Complete recovery also depends upon factors such as your age and your state of health.

HOW LONG DO I NEED TO STAY IN BUDAPEST?

Depending on the extent of your surgery, we recommend you stay in Budapest for 7 to 10 nights of rest and recovery after your surgery.

WILL I EXPERIENCE ANY PAIN? WHAT KIND OF POST OPERATIVE CARE CAN I EXPECT?

No pain is experienced during the surgery itself because you will be under general anesthesia and sleep. When you awake, you may experience some pain and discomfort and will be given adequate amounts of pain relief. As your body heals, you can expect to be sore, swollen and bruised so it’s important to follow the plastic surgeon’s instructions with regard to post-surgical care. With your discharge, you will be given painkillers to help you will any pain and discomfort while at your place of accommodation. All telephone numbers and contact will be provided to you in case you have any issues that need to be addressed. During the remainder of your stay, you will be asked to return to the clinic several times for further checkup and dressings change.

WHAT HAPPENS DURING A REDUCTION MAMMAPLASTY?

Two common types of incisions namely the keyhole and inverted T or anchor-shaped are used.  Incisions are made around the areola and vertically downwards under the breast.  In larger cases, a horizontal incision is also made along the breast crease or inframammary fold.  Excess breast fat and glandular tissue together with the skin are removed.  This reduces the size of the breast.  Normally the nipples remain attached unless the breasts are very large and pendulous.  In this case, they may need to be removed and reattached at a higher position on the breast.

CAN A BREAST REDUCTION BE COMBINED WITH OTHER PROCEDURES?

A breast reduction mammaplasty is most commonly combined with a breast lift surgery or liposuction around the abdomen and bra areas.

WHAT ARE THE RISKS INVOLVED?

As with all surgery, there are risks associated with having a breast reduction procedure. The majority of the risk is temporary and can be solved fairly easily. This can include bleeding, edema, seroma, infection, and loss of sensitivity in the breast area. At your consultation, the surgeon will go over all the risks and what you can expect to experience after the surgery.

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