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Breast Reduction

Breast Reduction

Breast reduction is a procedure performed not only for cosmetic purposes but mainly for relieving symptoms caused by hypertrophic breasts such as:

 

  • heavy chest
  • reduced thoracic expansion
  • pain on the nape, shoulders and back, while women with excessively large breasts experience chronic headaches
  • back and neck malformations
  • rounded shoulders
  • respiratory difficulties
  • even skin irritation

 

Another reason that accentuates the importance of this procedure is better examination of the breast both with palpation and imaging methods such as mammograms, ultrasound, etc.

The procedure is performed under general anesthesia. During the procedure excess mammary gland is removed, while droopy breasts are corrected. The patient gets smaller and lighter breasts that are symmetric to the rest of the body. Wellness, freedom of movements and better breast control is achieved.

In ABH Medical Group, according to international protocols, the specialized breast surgery team carries out a clinical examination and evaluation of the patient within the overall operation scheduling.

Frequent Questions

If the procedure is performed by an experienced and cautious plastic surgeon, the chances of jeopardising the patient’s ability to breast-feed and nipple sensitivity are negligible.

An experienced plastic surgeon can achieve impressive results even in cases where the tissue that needs to be removed from each breast reaches 1,500gr. The age of the patient is of significant importance along with her overall health state, smoking habits and willingness to comply with post-operative advice.

During the breast reduction procedure, the tissue removed is sent for pathological examination. Quite often the examination identifies suspicious formations. After surgery, the patient may easily palpate her breast and diagnose possible abnormalities at an early stage. Moreover, mammography in patients with gigantomastia who were submitted to breast reduction can no be performed with more accuracy and the mammary gland areas underneath the armpit can be better examined.

Patients with gigantomastia usually deal with difficult problems on the neck and spine area due to excess breasts weight. After the procedure, these particular problems are minimised as the body’s weight centre changes and the load on the spine is significantly reduced.

If the procedure is performed by an experienced and cautious plastic surgeon, the chances of jeopardising the patient’s ability to breast-feed and nipple sensitivity are negligible.

The aesthetic result is considered satisfactory when the distance between the top of the chest and the two nipples is equal, i.e. when an equilateral triangle is formed. Breasts reach their final shape at about six months after surgery and if the patient maintains her weight without extreme fluctuations, this shape can be maintained for many years.

The best time for a breast reduction is after 18 years of age. There are no restrictions as to maximum age but the patient must not experience any severe health issues.

The main prerequisite for a smoker to be safely submitted to breast reduction is to fully refrain from smoking for at least three weeks. In any other case, the possibility of delayed incision healing is very high

The need for hospitalisation depends on the patient’s overall condition and the volume of mammary gland to be removed.

How painful is a breast reduction procedure?

When performed correctly, this particular procedure is almost painless.

The cost of a breast reduction procedure depends on the extent of the problem and the duration of the operation. The final cost of the breast reduction procedure is agreed during your visit at the doctor and includes all expenses (lab tests, doctors’ fees, OR cost, hospitalization and materials cost; post-operative care) except further hospitalisation in case the patient wishes to extend her stay.

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