Breast reduction

Clinique du Centre - La réduction mammaire

Breast reduction is indicated in cases of excessive breast volume and ptosis, i.e. the frequently associated sagging of the breasts (which may be responsible for macerations under the breast), with the excess volume leading to a drooping of the chest, but also in cases of back pain (back pain), shoulder and neck pain, or even spinal deformity due to the weight of the breasts and the resulting posture. It can also be considered in cases of significant psychological discomfort, with difficulties in dressing and breast asymmetry to be corrected associated with hypertrophy.

The objective is to lift the areola and nipple as well as to remove excess gland, fat and skin in order to obtain a harmonious volume and shape. MAMMAIRE REDUCTION surgery, adapted to the wishes and morphology of the patient, allows the physical and psychological consequences of an excessively large breast to be treated, with an aesthetic and lasting result.

Before the operation (breast reduction)

A pre-operative check-up is necessary before the operation and a mammogram and/or breast ultrasound is often necessary.

No aspirin-containing medication should be taken within ten days prior to the procedure.

The operation (breast reduction)

A general anesthesia is required.

Two types of scars are possible depending on the type of ptosis:

In general, an incision in the shape of an inverted T, i.e. an incision around the areola and a vertical incision and a last one in the furrow under the breast (the scar is then shaped like a marine anchor).
In some cases, an incision around the areola and a vertical incision in the lower part of the breast is sufficient. The choice of the plastic surgeon will be based on the technique best suited to your profile, in order to obtain the most aesthetic result, a harmonious shape and stability of the breast over time.

The intervention can last two to three hours depending on the need for an associated complementary gesture. It is customary, in order to eliminate blood or secretions that may collect, a drain (redon) is usually left in place in each breast for 48 hours. The sutures are resorbable and subcutaneous in the vast majority of cases, so no removal is necessary.

After the operation (breast reduction)

This type of procedure is generally not very painful.

One day (or two) of hospitalization is usually sufficient.

After 48 hours, the first bandage is removed and replaced by a bra that provides good support (type of bra used for sports). Wearing an adapted bra night and day for 15 days, then only during the day for 15 days, also helps to limit these small post-operative pains. A preventive treatment of venous thrombosis is put in place for 8 days to limit the risks of phlebitis.

Your breasts are initially congested and then gradually change until a harmonious and definitive curve is obtained at the end of the 2nd month. Bruises fade within one to two weeks. Numbness of the nipples may be felt for a few months.A one-week convalescence should be considered and it is not recommended to practice sports activities before total healing, about a month after the surgery.

The result is quickly appreciable, the shape of the breast remains natural and sensitive to hormonal variations, and the final result can only be appreciated after a delay of two to three months. This time is necessary to make the breasts more supple. The appearance of the breast may change over time depending on hormonal changes and weight variations.

Breast reduction offers a physical benefit for a regained comfort, but also and above all a psychological benefit to the patient.

Indeed, the breast reduction procedure aims to offer once again all the femininity of a redesigned, reshaped breast in total harmony with the silhouette and wishes of the patient.

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