Also called reduction mammoplasty, enhances your overall appearance by making your breasts more proportional to the rest of your body. Large, sagging breasts often interfere with normal physical activities. They can cause back pain, postural problems, deformities of the back and shoulders, skin rashes and breast pain. For these reasons, breast reduction generally is considered a reconstructive plastic surgery procedure. In addition to alleviating physical problems, however, it improves the shape of your breasts and nipple areas.
The operation is performed under general anaesthesia and may be done as a day patient or during hospital stay. During the procedure, excess breast tissue and skin is removed, your nibbles and areolae (the pigmented skin surrounding the nipple) are repositioned, and your remaining breast tissue is reshaped.
A commonly performed breast reduction technique (see illustrations) uses incisions that encircle the areola and then extend vertically down the breast and horizontally along the crease underneath the breast.
After surgery, your breast will be wrapped in a dressing. Loss of breast or nipple sensation is possible, but usually is not permanent. You should be able to return to work within two weeks.