Breast reduction, also known as reduction mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure employed to remove excess fat, tissue and skin from the breasts. It is indicated to reduce the size and volume of large, heavy and drooping breasts.
Many approaches are used. Two techniques commonly used to treat moderate to large breasts include:
Breast reduction surgery is performed under general anesthesia. The incision is made and excess breast tissue is removed from the inner and outer areas of the breast. Skin edges will be approximated after the excess breast tissue is removed and the nipple is elevated into a new position.
It can take 2 to 6 weeks to fully recover from breast reduction surgery. You may need to take 2 to 3 weeks off work, and need help with housework, childcare and shopping. You should not drive until it’s no longer painful to wear a seat belt. This may be several weeks.