Breast Reduction

Breast Reduction Surgery ( Reduction Mammoplasty)

What is Breast Reduction?

Breast reduction surgery is a procedure where breast is reduced by removing unwanted skin, fat and breast tissue. In this surgery the surgeon cuts around the nipple, from the nipple down to the underside of the breast and across beneath the breast. Nipple is always moved upwards to place it near about it’s original position after removal of unwanted breast tissue and skin.

Who will Opt for Breast Reduction Surgery?

Women with large breasts ( Macromastia) undertake breast reduction surgery to achieve reduction in pain , skin infection, repeated breast infection and also for improved self- image, improved confidence, or an increased ability to take part in physical activity.

Men may also go for breast reduction as a treatment of gynaecomastia (abnormal enlargement of the male breast).

What Surgeons Perform Breast Reduction?

An aesthetic (Cosmetic) Breast surgeon will usually perform this type of surgery with better results.

What Kind of Surgery it Is ?

Breast reduction surgery is a major surgery. Reduction mammoplasty is comes under cosmetic surgery but can be performed as a part of breast cancer surgery ( In Breast conservative/ breast Oncoplastic procedures).

How Much is the Duration of Surgery?

The breast reduction operation will usually last between 4-6 hours.

How Many Days are Required for Admission?

After a breast reduction you will stay 3-5 days in the hospital where your procedure took place.

What Kind of Anaesthesia is Given in This Surgery?

Reduction mammoplasty is usually carried out under general anaesthesia ( anesthesia of full body).


After your breast reduction surgery it depends on person to person, ranges from 7 days to 15 days. Full physical activity can be resumed after 6 weeks to 8 weeks.

Swelling and brusing will ease after a few days.

Patient will have follow up appointments for the removal of stitches and bandages two weeks after breast reduction surgery.

What are The Common Risks after Breast Reduction Surgery?

Common risks when having breast reduction surgery include.

Difficulty in breastfeeding after the procedure. In order to avoid breastfeeding problems we will advice patients to go for reduction after completion of their family..

Necrosis of the nipple- complete or partial. Later on can be corrected by secondary suturing and tattooing

Decreased sensation in the nipple and surrounding area following the surgery

Adverse reaction to the medicines or anaesthesia.