Breast reduction surgery (reduction mammoplasty) is the procedure of choice for women experiencing discomfort and symptoms related to large and heavy breasts (breast hypertrophy).
Many patients complain about skin rashes, redness and itching, especially during the hot summer months. A majority also suffers 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 remodeling your breast tissue and the excess skin. It is not only about downsizing the size but also about 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 and established techniques in breast reduction surgery. The choice of the right method, tailored to you, depends on your anatomy, the size of the breasts, degree of sagging, laxity of the skin, position of the nipple etc. These and many more factors should be addressed by your surgeon in the decision process. Furthermore, additional liposculpturing, is often an integral part of the operation, remodelling the surrounding areas (such as lateral thorax, axillas, back…), resulting in an optimal body contour. Our goal is to create minimal scars whenever possible.
Light breast hypertrophy (expected resection volume under 350g):
there is an analogy to breast lifting techniques, which can be used with additional removal of breast tissue in case of light to moderate breast hypertrophy. Scars are around 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 use pre-dominantly the ’Hall-Findlay’ technique. It is 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 submammary fold is necessary (short anchor or inverted-T).
Extremely heavy breasts, ’gigantomastia’ (expected resection volume over 1000g):
The scars are more extended along the submammary 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.
Member of EBOPRAS, he joined the Ocean Clinic Marbella in 2017 where he completed his residency program in plastic and cosmetic surgery.
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