The surgical method to reduce breast size that can occur either for functional or for aesthetic reasons.
The likelihood of complications is quite low when breast reduction surgery is performed by an experienced plastic surgeon and in cases that complications do occur, they can be easily treated. Some women experience irritation of the skin around the nipple which is treated with topical treatment and antibiotics. Nipple hypersensitivity, if it occurs, lasts for a few days to weeks.
Other rarer complications are hematoma, hypertrophic scars formation, and inflammation treated with shunt insertion and antibiotic treatment.
During a breast reduction, part of the mass gland is necessarily removed. Thus, breastfeeding may be affected to a very small extent.
The results of breast reduction last for many years and depend on the elasticity of the skin on the breasts, weight fluctuations and possible pregnancies.
In cases of breast size reduction, no implants are placed. In cases where, together with the reduction, the patient also wishes to have a breast lift, then implants are placed.
The combination of breast reduction and breast lift can be performed either on the same day or in different surgeries. Most commonly we prefer these two procedures to be performed one year apart.
The silicone implants used for breast augmentation have a lifespan of more than 10 years. There are implants that have a lifetime guarantee (lifetime warranty) from the manufacturer. However, a woman may choose to change them after a number of years due to age, pregnancy, etc. In most cases, the inserts do not need to be changed.
The price of breast reduction varies and depends on the technique of the procedure, the particular difficulties it may present, and whether or not implants are used. The final cost is determined after an examination by a qualified plastic surgeon.