Breast Reduction (Reduction Mammoplasty)

Breasts may undergo changes due to age, genetic characteristics, changes in body weight, lactation, pregnancy, breastfeeding, menopause. Today, breasts that do not provide adequate appearance and projection from an aesthetic point of view create unfavorable feelings such as insecurity and depression in some women and affect the social life of the person.

Breast reduction surgeries are mostly performed to increase the quality of life of the patient rather than an aesthetic intervention due to reasons such as back pain, neck pain, rash under the breast, wounds, fungal infections for the patients with sagging breasts incompatible with the patient’s body. Nowadays, breast reduction is recommended by most Neurosurgeons and Physical Therapists, especially for the treatment of neck and lumbar hernia, and patients are referred to us.

Although the technique varies, reduction results in 3 types of scars. Although this is mostly the preference of the Plastic Surgeon, the technique changes according to the breast size and therefore the scars also vary. There may be a single scar all around the nipple, another scar that descends perpendicular to the inframammary fold from the same place, or in addition to these, there may be a short or long third scar in the inframammary fold. Mostly, these scars fade within 1-2 years and become indistinct. Breast tissue consists of sebaceous and mammary glands. In young adults, while the mammary gland is dominant, the sebaceous glands gain weight gradually with involution. For this reason, after breast reduction operations, sagging of the breasts of the relatively older patients is faster.

If the patient smokes before the breast reduction operation, especially as in tummy tuck and face lift patients, it should be stopped 3 weeks before the operation and 3 weeks after the operation. Otherwise, it is possible to have wound healing problems. There may be minimal pain and ache, which can be easily relieved with painkillers after the operation. It decreases in 2-3 days, disappears in 1 week. It is absolutely necessary to use a sports bra for at least 3 months after the procedure. Often, stitches do not need to be removed. In 6 months-1 year, the breast takes its final shape.