Breast reductions

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Breast reductions are often performed to reduce the size and enhance the shape of breasts which have dropped onto the thorax. 

Breast reductions are frequently performed procedures aimed at reducing and remodelling the size of the breasts. This procedure is used for people with voluminous breasts suffering from ptosis. This means that the breasts are no longer in their anatomical position but have drooped onto the thorax. This procedure is aimed at bringing the breasts back to their original position and to reduce their volume. A general anaesthetic is required.

The procedure takes 2 to 3 hours depending on the volume and the surgical technique used, and is performed in day surgery.

The scars are situated around the areola and vertically on the breast (The Lejour and Lassus technique).

In certain situations a scar at the bottom of the breast, in the fold of the breast, is unavoidable. This is mainly the case for very voluminous breasts (Robbins’ and Pitanguy’s technique).

During the first while after the surgery a large volume high above the breast is noticeable and the scar is wrinkled. In the weeks following the surgery the breast will gradually take its correct position on the thorax (more or less 2 to 3 weeks after surgery).

The tension in the breasts will decrease and the vertical lines will disappear.

Work incapacity : 3 to 4 weeks

This procedure does usually not affect the sensitivity of the nipple or the areola and does not prevent breast feeding.