What is a
A breast reduction is often recommended when women experience extreme discomfort that causes chronic shoulder, neck, back or joint pain. Genetics, pregnancy, or weight gain may be contributing factors in the size of the breasts. Sometimes the breasts can be so large that they interfere with exercise or activities of daily living. Along with the discomfort, many women claim to experience a lack of confidence in their appearance.
A breast reduction can reshape your breasts to be smaller and better-proportioned. Women of any age can get breast reduction surgery as it can be performed on anyone from teenagers to older women.
Breast Reduction Procedure?
A breast reduction creates smaller breasts for women; this will assist in alleviating the chronic pain and provides the confidence they desire. During the surgery, incisions will be made in the breasts to remove fat, tissue, and skin from the area before carefully reshaping the breasts into a more appealing form. The type and direction of incisions depend on the size of your breasts, the amount of reduction desired, and other factors.
Breast reduction is performed on an outpatient basis, meaning that you do not have to stay overnight. The surgery takes about an hour to perform and requires a general anesthetic. During the procedure both the extra skin and fatty tissue are removed and the nipple is generally raised.
What incisions are used for a breast reduction?
Lollipop incision or Lejour is the most common incision that we use. In this procedure, the scar runs around the areola (the pink area around the nipple) and then down the centre part of the breast – there is no scar under the breast. This procedure tends to give a nice shape to the breast after surgery. However, for this technique to work well, liposuction is also required to the bottom and outsides of the breast. Liposuction is not covered under OHIP.
Inverted T or Wise pattern is the most traditional way of performing a breast reduction. With this incision the scar runs around the areola then down the centre part of the breast and then under the breast crease. Generally we reserve this incision for women who have very large breasts
Liposuction only breast reduction can be performed using liposuction only with the proper candidate. With this procedure there is only a very small scar hidden under the breast. This procedure works well for women whose breast is mainly composed of fatty tissue and when the nipple is in the centre part of the breast (not sagging).
Liposuction to axillary rolls / side of breast
It is common for women to have extra skin and fat that runs down the side of their breasts, creating an area that bulges in a bra. This is often a concern to most women; however this is not part of the breast and therefore is not corrected with a breast reduction. The only way to reduce this is with liposuction at the time of the breast reduction. However, this component is not covered by OHIP. Liposuction to the side of the breast makes for a more aesthetic appearance after breast reduction.
Breast Reduction Candidate?
If you feel self-conscious about your breast size, or it’s affecting your lifestyle or health, including sports or work, you are a great candidate for a breast reduction. You should be in good physical health, a non-smoker, and have a stable weight.
Breast Reduction Recovery
Women considering breast reduction surgery should be aware that, because it is a major surgical procedure, a full physical recovery can take several weeks.
Most women who undergo breast reduction surgery can return to work after ten days to two weeks, but strenuous activity – including sexual activity and arousal, which could cause your breasts to become inflamed around the incisions – is to be strictly avoided for at least three weeks after your surgery.
Before / After
Commonly Asked Questions
What is the outcome of a breast reduction ?
The outcome of a breast reduction is long-lasting if you continue to maintain a healthy lifestyle. It will change your self confidence and lifestyle for the better.
What are the risks of a breast reduction ?
With any surgery there are always potential risks involved. Your GraceMed surgeon will discuss the specifics of your case in detail during your consultation. Some of the risks and complications can include:
- Bleeding or infection
- Asymmetry of the breasts
- Fluid aggrigation
- Potential of further surgeries
- Feeling or sensation changes
Am I a good candidate for a breast reduction?
If your large breasts are affecting your lifestyle or activity leve, causing you pain, or you feel self-conscious about the size of your breasts, you are a great candidate for a breast reduction. You should be in moderate physical health, a non-smoker and have a currently stable weight.