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Breast reduction

What is Breast Reduction?

Breast reduction is normally done to alleviate a physical problem, an excess volume in the chest that interferes with many activities and causes discomfort.

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Am I a good candidate for breast reduction?

If you do not feel comfortable with the volume of your chest, it seems excessive, or you have discomfort and interferes in your daily life, we invite you to come see Dr. Vicente Paloma and her team. The surgeon will explain the procedure in detail, show you before and after breast reduction photos and you can talk about the real results you can expect. We will invite you to use our image simulator, with which you can visualize the results of the intervention on your silhouette.

It will also be time to inform yourself about the price of a breast reduction for your specific case.

Breast reduction surgery

Breast reduction surgery lasts 2 to 3 hours under general anesthesia. You will have to spend a night in the hospital after the intervention. Although there are different techniques, the surgeon usually makes anchor incisions around the areola. Through these incisions, excess skin, fat and breast tissue are removed and the areola and nipple are repositioned in their new position.

In most cases of breast reduction the areola remains attached to your blood vessels and nerves, but in some cases of large reductions it may be necessary to completely separate the areola and place it in its new position.

After breast reduction, a bandage is placed around the breasts that the patient must wear for 2 or 3 days.

After breast reduction

You may notice some tiredness after a breast reduction, but you will be able to live almost normal after 24 and 48 hours. Most discomfort is well controlled with medication, although the breasts may hurt for a couple of weeks; the first menstruation after a reduction can cause the breasts to swell and hurt.

The bandage will be removed after three days and will be replaced by a special bra. Currently, thanks to new technologies, the number of external stitches has been greatly limited, making it possible to perform the entire suture internally in most patients, eliminating the need to remove stitches.

Having a burning or decreased sensation in the nipples during the first two weeks is normal. The stitches are removed between 7 and 14 days.

After a breast reduction, you can return to work in 2 or 3 weeks, although the inflammation does not subside completely until 3 or 6 weeks. But you should limit strong physical activities for a few weeks, until you recover from the operation and for 1 or 2 weeks it is convenient to avoid sexual intercourse so that the incisions do not swell.

The results

Breast reduction achieves surprising and very satisfactory results in patients, who feel a great improvement in their daily life and in their appearance and silhouette.

The intervention can leave permanent and visible scars, although the surgeon will do everything possible to make them less noticeable. Scarring problems are much more frequent in smokers. Over time, the scars will be less noticeable, they will whiten and hide by themselves, this process usually lasts a year from surgery and during this time your surgeon will recommend the steps to follow to achieve scars of the highest quality.

Some patients may experience a partial, and sometimes total, decrease in nipple sensitivity after breast reduction, this situation is usually temporary, except for some large volume reductions which may be definitive. The ability to breastfeed may also be affected.

After a breast reduction, it will take a few months for your breasts to acquire the final appearance; even so, the breasts will change before the normal hormonal stimuli, the pregnancy or the weight changes.


Before a breast reduction

Design of the intervention and surgical technique. The areola should be placed in its new position

The areola is placed in a more suitable position and the excess mammary gland is eliminated

Postoperative appearance. Scars are permanent, although their appearance will improve over time