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The Body: Breast

Breast Reduction in Singapore

What You Need to Know About Breast Reduction

Breast reduction surgery, also known as boob reduction or reduction mammoplasty, is a surgical operation to reduce the size of the breasts. The procedure is also sometimes performed in combination with mastopexy to lift sagging breasts.

Why Do People Undergo Breast Reduction?

Breast reduction surgery is done to address issues arising from excessively large breasts (macromastia), which include:

  • chronic neck, shoulder or back pain
  • poor posture
  • rashes
  • skin irritations
  • headaches
  • nerve damage
  • restricted activities
  • difficulties choosing clothing
Many women undergo breast reduction to improve their breasts’ appearance, symmetry and proportion to their figure, thereby boosting their confidence and physical appeal. Men who suffer from gynecomastia, in which male breasts become abnormally enlarged, may also undergo breast reduction surgery.

Breast Reduction Procedure

Breast reduction surgery is a day procedure that is done in a hospital or outpatient clinic for approximately 3 to 5 hours while the patient is asleep under general anesthesia. Some patients may need to stay in the hospital for 1 to 2 days.

Techniques vary, but they essentially create one or more incisions on the breast to remove excess tissue, fat and skin. In cases where excess fat contribute to macromastia, liposuction may be performed. The nipple and areola may be repositioned during the surgery as well.

Once the excess tissues, fat and skin have been removed, the cuts are sutured closed. Immediately after the surgery, the breasts are wrapped in special dressings to protect them and facilitate recovery.

Post-Procedure Recovery

Though the recovery period for a breast reduction is less than that of a breast augmentation, the patient will still need at least a month to fully recover.

For the first few days after the surgery, the breasts will be swollen, tender and bruised. You may be prescribed pain medications. Post-surgical compression bras should also be worn for the following week to protect and support the breasts.

Physical and strenuous activities, including exercising and heavy lifting, should be avoided for two to four weeks. Follow up checks will be scheduled to ensure that the recovery process is going smoothly.

When performed by an experienced plastic surgeon, a breast reduction procedure will yield results that are safe, attractive and natural-looking. Call 6472 2972 for a detailed consultation with Dr Leslie Kuek today.