Breast Reduction QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

The following Breast Reduction Surgery (Reduction Mammoplasty)questions are asked by real people like you. The answers are provided by board-certified doctors or qualified medical providers who meet our exacting standards.

Breast Reduction Surgery also referred to as reduction mammaplasty is a procedure to remove excess fat and tissue from the breast to achieve a breast size proportionate to your body. Breast reduction is meant for ladies who suffering from large breasts. This surgery helps you to improve your self-image and ability to participate in physical activities.

A breast lift also known as mastopexy is a procedure to remove excess skin and tighten the breast tissue in order to reshape and raise the breasts.  Women’s breasts change over time by losing their youthful shape and firmness. These changes and loss of skin elasticity can be caused because of pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight fluctuations, aging, gravity, and heredity.

The advantages of breast reduction are numerous which can resolve issues such as skin irritation under breasts, nerve pain, chronic back and neck and shoulder pain, difficulty fitting into bras and clothing, and restricted activity.

    • Very obese people
    • People with diabetes
    • People with heart disease
    • Smokers

Breast reduction surgery can be performed at any age. However, if you haven’t started a family or your family isn’t yet complete, it is recommended to postpone breast reduction after pregnancy, childbirth or losing weight. Breast-feeding might be challenging after breast reduction surgery — although certain surgical techniques can help preserve your ability to breast-feed.

For a good result, it is recommended to wait at least 6 months after stopping breastfeeding to undergo breast reduction surgery.

Your surgeon may use a combination of breast lift and breast reduction surgery for having smaller breasts. It reshapes to raise the breasts with a reduction of saggy breasts.

Usually, your surgeon makes an incision around the areola and down each breast to be able to remove excess breast tissue and fat and skin to reduce the size of each breast. It is worthy to mention that breast reduction surgery incisions are minimal and won’t be visible after the surgery. Then, for having more symmetric and nice-looking breasts your surgeon will reposition the nipple and areola. The size of the areola will be reduced, and the remaining breast will be reshaped.

If your breasts are not yet fully developed, you may need a second surgery later in your life.

Yes, it is. For reducing the size of breasts and having smaller breasts, the surgeon may combine breast reduction with breast lift to get a better result.

We talked to patients who had breast reduction or breast lift surgery and they all mentioned that breast reduction is less painful than what they expected. So, there is no need to worry about that.

Breast reduction is relatively a safe procedure which reduces the overall size of breasts.

In breast reduction surgery, your surgeon removes excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin from the breasts in order to achieve a breast size proportionate to your body.

The procedure is performed in a hospital or an outpatient surgical clinic and usually under general anesthesia, which takes between 2 to 5 hours.

Breast reduction surgery takes between 2 to 5 hours.

The procedure is performed in a hospital or an outpatient surgical clinic and usually under general anesthesia, which takes between 2 to 5 hours. Your surgeon may be able to give you an estimate of how long your particular procedure will take.

Breast reduction surgery is performed under general anesthesia.

You will be evaluated and asked about your medical history and overall health by your plastic surgeon. It is also recommended to:

    • Discuss your surgeon about your expectations for breast size and appearance after the surgery
    • Get a mammogram and breast exam
    • Reduce your alcohol consumption to less than twice a week
    • Stop smoking for a certain period of time before and after the surgery
    • Avoid taking aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs to control bleeding during surgery

Breast reduction surgery in Iran is truly ideal for people seeking surgeries abroad. Among the reasons, competitive prices, skilful surgeons and modern hospitals and clinics equipped with advanced technologies are the most important factors for every patient.

Breast surgery in Iran is performed by highly skillful hands of accomplished Iranian surgeons. The cost of surgery in Iran is quite low comparing to other advanced countries. Breast reduction surgery cost is no exception. Breast reduction average cost in Iran is highly competitive.

You will experience swelling or bruising after the surgery which is normal. Your surgeon will do the following actions for faster recovery:

    • Covering your breasts with gauze or bandages
    • Prescribing medication for pain, antibiotics to decrease the risk of infection, and special ointments or creams
    • Might place a tube under each arm to drain any excess blood or fluid (which will be removed after 2 days)
    • Will recommend wearing an elastic compression bra for 2 months after the surgery.

There are some aftercare actions recommended by plastic surgeon that can make shorter the recovery time for breast reduction surgery such as:

    • Covering your breasts with gauze or bandages
    • Prescribing medication for pain, antibiotics to decrease the risk of infection, and special ointments or creams
    • Might place a tube under each arm to drain any excess blood or fluid (which will be removed after 2 days)

You Will be recommended wearing an elastic compression bra for 2 months after the surgery. It is also recommended to wear loose and comfortable T-shirts and blouses.

After 10 days, you need a follow-up visit to remove stitches and check your recovery.

All surgeries carry the risk of complications. However, breast reduction surgery itself is typically very safe. The most common breast reduction complications are infections, loss of nipple sensation and breast reduction scars. Most patients have a lollipop-shaped scar that circles the nipple and includes a straight line down to the crease under the breast, or an anchor-shaped scar along the fold under the breast. The scar will be red at first but will fade over the next year.

You are prohibited to do some actions after breast reduction surgery including:

    • Have a heavy physical activity for 2 weeks
    • Wearing underwire bras for a few months
    • Hot tubs and hot showers for at least 3 weeks

Patients are commonly given a surgical bra to wear for two weeks after surgery, 24 hours a day. At your follow-up visit, your care team will let you know if you should continue to wear the surgical bra or if you can wear a similar support garment of your choice. They will also let you know when it is appropriate to wear a traditional bra. It is commonly advised to avoid underwire bras for three months after breast reduction surgery.

You will be given a surgical bra to wear for two weeks after surgery, 24 hours a day. At your follow-up visit, your care team will let you know if you should continue to wear the surgical bra or if you can wear a similar support garment of your choice.

Breasts often undergo changes in size and shape during and after pregnancy, so it’s helpful to talk to your surgeon about the possibility of becoming pregnant after breast reduction surgery.

If you plan to become pregnant in the future, breast reduction surgery may limit your ability to breastfeed, particularly if a large amount of breast tissue is removed or if the milk ducts are affected by the surgery.

Your body and your breasts will continue to change with age and time. The size of your breasts should not change unless you gain or lose significant weight—or become pregnant. But gravity and age will have their effect as the years pass. Breast reduction will not prevent future loosening or sagging. If you’re concerned—or become concerned—about the effects of aging, be sure to discuss them with your surgeon.

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