Breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammoplasty, is a procedure that removes excess breast tissue, fat, and skin in order to reduce the size of the breasts. This surgery is typically recommended for women who experience physical discomfort due to the weight and size of their breasts, such as back pain, neck pain, or skin irritation.
During the procedure, the plastic surgeon will make incisions around the areola and downward towards the breast crease, removing the excess tissue and reshaping the remaining breast tissue into a smaller, more lifted position. The areola may also be reduced in size and repositioned during the surgery.
Breast reduction surgery typically takes several hours to complete, and patients will be under general anaesthesia during the procedure. Recovery time varies, but most patients can expect to take a week or two off from work and other daily activities. Strenuous exercise should be avoided for several weeks following the surgery.
The benefits of breast reduction surgery include not only a reduction in physical discomfort, but also an improvement in body image and self-esteem. Many women who undergo breast reduction surgery report feeling more confident and comfortable in their bodies. However, it’s important to note that this surgery does result in scarring, which can be minimized with proper post-operative care.