These are all questions my patients ask me in my clinic every day. I will answer a few of them here therefore. Of course, this will never replace a thourough consultation with a surgery specialist. However, I want to share some of my insights about breast reduction with you at least.
Breast reduction is a surgical procedure that reduces the fullness of the breast. This is usually done by reducing the breast gland tissue and skin. In the process, the breast is usually also automatically tightened.
It usually takes several weeks for the patient to fully recover from a breast reduction. In the first days after the operation, the patient sometimes experiences moderate pain and swelling in the breast area. These can usually be treated well with medication.
Overall, the duration of healing after breast reduction depends on various factors, such as the individual lifestyle, the extent of the operation and, last but not least, the type of surgical technique performed.
Surgical techniques for breast reduction include the Anchor technique, the LeJour technique, the Hall-Findlay technique, In all of these procedures, the nipple with areola is moved up and reduced in size if needed. This creates a scar around the areola. In addition, a vertical incision from the areola to the crease under the breast is usually necessary.
Which surgical method is chosen and applied for breast reduction depends on the individual case and the needs of the patient, but also on the size and shape of the breast. The best way to find out the most suitable surgical option is to talk to an experienced surgeon:
On the other hand, the following surgical technique is suitable for moderate and small breast reductions:
Many women are concerned that they will not be able to breastfeed after breast reduction. However, this concern is unfounded. Even after a breast reduction, the ability to breastfeed is not always affected.
Sick leave after a surgical breast reduction usually lasts for about one week. However, depending on your professional activity and the intensity of the procedure, sick leave may be longer.
A few days after breast reduction, the patient can usually resume her normal daily activities. However, she should refrain from strenuous physical activity for a few weeks.
Three to four weeks after breast reduction, light sports activities are possible again, and about six to eight weeks later, even intensive strength and competitive sports can be performed again without hesitation.
After surgery, patients can take additional steps to help their breasts heal faster by adopting specific aftercare steps. These measures include:
The final results of breast reduction can be seen only after several months, as they depend on the individual healing process and other factors. It is important to follow the surgeon’s instructions carefully and to have regular follow-up examinations to ensure successful healing.
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