Breast reduction is a procedure which reduces the volume of hypertrophic breasts and lifts up the breasts.
Breast reduction, in France, is covered by health insurance only when more than 300 grams are removed from each breast. Otherwise it is considered as a cosmetic surgery, breast ptosis treatment.
The scar formed is generally made of 3 parts and looks like an inverted “T”: a circular part around the areola, a vertical scar between the areola and the bottom fold of the breast, and a horizontal incision under the bottom fold of the breast.
After a breast reduction using a traditional technique with upper pedicle, reduction or loss of the areolar sensitivity may appear. When the patient wishes to keep the same areolar sensitivity or plans to breastfeed, the anterior pedicle technique is preferred in order to preserve innervations and milk ducts.
Before the procedure
- 2 mandatory consultations will take place.
- A mammography and an ultrasound exam are always carried out.
The surgery is performed under general anesthesia and lasts between 2 and 3 hours. The patient arrives in the morning and returns home in the evening or, if necessary, the next day. It is carried out in a semi sitting position in order to see the result in a standing position.
There is no drain.
After the procedure
There is no bandage to apply and the stitches are dissolvable. The first shower is permitted the day after the surgery. The compression stockings prescribed before the surgery will be worn day and night for 5 days following surgery.
In most cases, there is no pain after the surgery.
A medical bra should be worn day and night for the first month. You will be able to go back to your normal activities after 1 week, and sport activities can be resumed progressively after 1 month.
The definitive shape and volume of the breasts will be apparent between 3 to 6 months after treatment.
The first shower is permitted the day after the surgery, but baths should be avoided for the first month. The scars need to be protected from the sun for a full year after the surgery!