Breast reduction surgery (reduction mammoplasty) is the procedure of choice for women experiencing discomfort and other symptoms related to large and heavy breasts (breast hypertrophy).
Many patients complain about skin rashes, redness and itching, especially during hot summer months. A majority also suffer from back and neck pain, which is usually progressive over the course of time, despite regular physiotherapies and cranio-sacral massages.
Breast reduction is a single-step procedure, instantly relieving the symptoms by reducing and remodelling your breast tissue as well as the excess skin. It is not only about downsizing but also achieving a more attractive and symmetric shape.
After the surgery, patients often report an absence or big reduction of cervical / back pain, a more active lifestyle, new motivations towards sport activities, as well as an elevated self-confidence.
Breast reduction: surgical techniques and scars
There are numerous novel as well as established techniques in breast reduction surgery. Choosing the right method must be tailored to you. This all depends on your anatomy, size of the breasts, degree of sagging, laxity of the skin, position of the nipple, etc. These, and many more factors, would be addressed by your surgeon within the decision process. Furthermore, additional liposculpturing, is often an integral part of the operation - remodelling the surrounding areas (such as lateral thorax, armpits, back, etc…), resulting in optimal body contouring.
Our goal is to create minimal scars whenever possible.
Light breast hypertrophy (expected resection volume under 350g):
Tin the case of light to moderate breast hypertrophy there are breast lifting techniques which can be used alongside removal of breast tissue. Scars circle the areola and, if necessary, with a vertical extent (lollipop shape).
Moderate breast hypertrophy (expected resection volume over 350g):
When a more excessive degree of hypertrophy is present, we pre-dominantly opt for the ‘Hall-Findlay’ technique - a modification of the widely used ‘Lejour’ method. The scars are, as described above, in a lollipop shape, and sometimes an additional short scar in the sub-mammary fold is necessary (short anchor or inverted-T).
Extremely heavy breasts, ‘gigantomastia’ (expected resection volume over 1000g):
The scars are more extended along the sub-mammary fold, resulting in a full-length inverted-T. Sometimes a free nipple graft is inevitable.
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The pain and the redness are finally gone. I feel free now (…), I can wear what I want and do things I could not do for a long time.
Speak to one of our surgeons if you would like to know more about breast reduction surgery.
Specialist in plastic, aesthetic and reconstructive surgery, expert member of the ISAPS association and founder of Ocean Clinic.
Plastic surgeon in Zurich and Madrid, member of the European Board of Plastic Surgery and adjunct professor at the University of Zurich.
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