What is breast reduction?
Breast reduction is an operation designed to reduce the size
and the weight of the breasts, maintain the general appearance including
shape, position of the nipple and function.
Can I breast feed after a breast reduction operation?
Answer: Yes, in
the majority of the cases, in the internal design of the operation,
namely the transfer of tissue under the skin preserves the breast ducts
which facilitate the production of milk. The majority of women can breast
How long is the recovery?
Answer: There is no muscle work involved with breast reduction,
it is mainly reduction of the skin (lift) as well as the fatty tissue
and the breast gland itself. As a result, the recovery from breast reduction
surgery is usually very quick. Some women return to work as early as
How soon can I shower?
Answer: As early as a day
or two after surgery. It is safe to get the breast, including the incision
areas, wet provided these areas are gently blotted dry and then covered
with a loose fitting bra.
When do the stitches come out?
Answer: There are no external stitches. All the stitching is
done internally and the sutures are dissolvable. There are only tape
bandages on the incisions which are located below the breast fold as
well as around the areola.
How much tissue can be removed?
Answer: It all depends on the size of the breast originally.
The weight of the tissue removed depends on the general aesthetics of
the desired new breast mound and volume. It varies from one individual
What are the risks involved?
Answer: In general the risks are minimal. In women who smoke,
there is an increased likelihood of circulatory problems. This may result
in delayed healing of the skin including the nipple/areola area.
Is the operation covered by insurance?
Possibly. It depends on the insurance company and the policy
in question. Proof of medical necessity for coverage requires at least
two medical opinions. There are, however no guarantees of coverage.
How much does it cost?
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