Treatment

Breast Reduction

Breast Reduction

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This procedure is also known as “Reduction Mammaplasty”.

before and after.

before and after.

About Breast Reduction 

The goal is to reduce the volume and reshape the breast in order to obtain firm and symmetrical breasts and in turn, improve the patient’s quality of life.

Type of Breast Reduction

& Methods of Treatment.

The excision of the excess of skin

After the excision of the excessive mammary and fat tissue, the residual glandular volume is reorganized, concentrated and reshaped. The cutaneous envelope is the adapted to the new size and shape. Often, the resulting scars look like an inverted “T” with three components: a periareolar scar (around the nipple), a descending scar from the areola to the fold under the breast and a horizontal scar (not always necessary) located in the mammarian fold.

Adjustment of the diameter of the areola.

The cutaneous envelope is the adapted to the new size and shape. Often, the resulting scars look like an inverted “T” with three components: a periareolar scar (around the nipple), a descending scar from the areola to the fold under the breast and a horizontal scar (not always necessary) located in the mammarian fold.

Aesthetics surgery

The immediate post-operative pain is treated with appropriated medication. Swelling (oedema) and bruises (blue) are normally observed and resolve spontaneously. The first dressing is changed 24 or 48 hours after the surgery. The second dressing is lighter and easy to handle. The patient is discharged from the clinic 24 to 48 hours after the surgery, and is re-examined in consultation two to three days later. An elastic sports bra ensuring a good application (which’s size will have been evaluated before being discharged from the clinic) is advised to be used night and day during approximately a month. Mostly in all cases we use absorbable sutures, however, if non-absorbable sutures were employed, they will be removed 10 days after the surgery. It is advisable to consider convalescence and a sick leave from 8 to 15 days. A period of two months is recommended before resuming sports

Aesthetics

Dressing

Normal physical activity, sports and sexual life can be shortly resumed after the surgery.

The results

The goal is to reduce the volume and reshape the breast in order to obtain firm and symmetrical breasts and in turn, improve the patient’s quality of life.

Type of Anaesthesia and Hospitalisation

Normal physical activity, sports and sexual life can be shortly resumed after the surgery. The maturation of the scars can be different from person to person, that is the reason why they are the subject of an attentive monitoring: it is frequent that the scars get a pink tint during the second and third post-operative months; they gradually flattens and get pale during one year time. They can however remain widened, or remain active for longer than a year. Scars do not disappear completely, but their aspect improves over time. Asymmetries of volume, height, size or orientation can be seen. In all the cases, a secondary surgical correction can be made, after at least a year or two. Complications related to the anaesthesia, will be discussed during the consultation with the anaesthetist. Regarding the surgical procedure: choosing a qualified Plastic Surgeon decreases to the minimum these risks, without however removing them completely. Fortunately, the true complications following a breast reduction are rare. In practise, the vast majority of the cases evolved without any problem and the patients are fully satisfied with their result. Rare but possible complications: Infection requiring an antibiotic treatment and sometimes a surgical drainage. Haematoma formation requiring a drainage (evacuation). Decrease of the sensitivity, in particular in the nipple area, however the normal sensitivity generally reappears within 6 to 18 months. Troubles of the wound healing process seen in heavy smokers and diabetic patients. Hypertrophic scars and even keloides, in patients with unfavourable wound healing process. Conclusion of a breast reduction surgery To resume, there is no need to overestimate the risks, but it is important to become aware that any surgical operation, even apparently simple, always comprises a small share of risks. Having a qualified Surgeon ensures you that these complications can be identified and treated effectively. I advise to preserve this document, to read again it after the consultation. Perhaps this reading will bring out new questions, that our team will be ready to answer effectively.

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