Breast Reduction (Reduction mammoplasty)
Breast reduction surgery (reduction mammoplasty) may help ladies who have breast hypertrophy, large breasts, pendulous breasts or men who have gynaecomastia. Some of the tissue and skin from the breasts is removed to reshape and reduce the size of the breasts. It can also make the area of dark skin surrounding the nipple (areola) smaller. To remove tissue and skin from the breast, the surgeon first makes one or more cuts in the breast. After the excess tissue and skin have been removed, the skin is closed with stitches. Sometimes the nipple and areola have to be removed and repositioned. Sometimes liposuction is used along with surgery. If most of the breast is fatty tissue and if excess skin isn’t a problem, liposuction alone may be enough for breast reduction.
The surgery usually takes 3 to 5 hours. Following the operation you will need to stay in hospital for up to 1 night.