Breast reduction

Large, heavy and sagging breast can in some women produce pain in the neck, shoulders and back. Furthermore, it can be cosmetically embarrassing and a hindrance to sports activities. A breast reduction is performed with the aim of treating these issues.

When undergoing a breast reduction the nipple is moved up and excess skin, fat and tissue is removed. Obesity can in some cases be a contributory reason for large and heavy breasts, although many normal weight women can also suffer from large heavy breasts.

Surgical procedure – breast reduction

A breast reduction is performed under general anaesthetic or in some cases local anaesthetic in combination with relaxative substances. The surgery takes approx. 2 hours. When it comes to breast reduction there are various surgical techniques. Our specialists take their time and discuss the different techniques with you and tailor the surgery to meet your requirements.

Most of the surgical techniques require the nipple to be moved upwards. This results in a scar around the nipple. During surgery the nipple is moved and excess skin, fat and tissue is removed. Also, the mammary gland which has stretched is reshaped. By doing so one achieves a more stable and firmer breast. The incisions are sutured and the patient wears a support bandage for six to eight days after the surgery.

After a breast reduction

After your breast reduction you will rest in the clinics recovery ward. The clinics matron will take care of you and after a well deserved rest, serve you something to eat and drink. The pain after a breast reduction is often modest and many patients can go home the same day (for more extensive surgeries you will stay the night at the clinic).

You will wear a support bra 24h a day for approx. 4 weeks after a breast reduction and should be careful with physical activities during the first month post surgery. After breast reduction surgery one can have impaired feeling of the nipples. The scars will pale with time and often become discreet.