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The Body: Breast

Breast Reduction

Also known as Reduction Mammaplasty, this operation is done to correct excessive and sagging breasts. This procedure is normally classified as a reconstructive procedure, since oversized breasts can interfere with normal function and physical activity. Large breasts can present with both physical and psychological problems.

Some of the commonest complaints are shoulder and back aches, painful breasts during periods and hygiene issues due to excessive sweating under the breast folds. In addition to alleviating physical problems, breast reduction can also enhance the overall appearance by making the size of the breasts more proportional to the rest of the body.

Breast Reduction involves removing excess breast tissue and skin, repositioning the nipple and areola (the pigmented skin surrounding the nipple), reshaping and lifting the remaining breast tissue.

The operation requires a general anaesthetic, and some patients may be hospitalized for 1 to 2 days.

Although every effort is taken during the surgery, it is often difficult to completely hide all scars. Usually there will be some scars in the lower portion of the breasts. However, these scars should be well-hidden under the underwear or bras in most cases.