Breast reduction

The breast reduction operation or reduction mammoplasty is a plastic surgery solution to correct excess volume (breast hypertrophy) and weight in the breasts causes physical discomfort such as back and neck pain, skin irritations under the breasts and respiratory problems.

How is it done?

Breast reduction surgery is performed in an operating theatre, in a clinic or hospital under general anesthetic, the patient is asleep during the operation. The procedure lasts between approximately two to four hours, with different techniques available but most commonly it is performed by incisions around the areola with a vertical line going downwards and another horizontal one in the crease beneath the breast.

Once completed, the excess skin, fat and breast tissue is removed, relocating the areola and the nipple into their new position. The areola maintains normal sensation in the majority of cases, apart from in large reductions in which it is necessary to completely separate the areola and sensation may be lost.

When breast reduction or reduction mammoplasty is necessary

Breast hypertrophy (over-sized breasts) can be classified in various degrees from the one that has a strong subjective component, going through the two that have physical symptoms such as back pain or alterations of the spine, up to three where the symptoms are more noticeable and the breasts reach disproportionate sizes

A breast reduction (mammoplasty) provides the woman with smaller, lighter and firmer breasts and with a more proportional shape to the rest of the body, lifting them up into a natural position.

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Recovery and Post-Operative in breast reduction operations

After the surgery, drainage tubes are inserted and a bandage wrapped around the breasts. After the reduction you may feel tired for a few days, but you will be almost back to normal life after two days. The bandages that were put on after the operation are removed after a few days and replaced with a special bra. The stitches are removed after between 7 to 14 days and the bruising disappears between three and six weeks.


Depending on the usual activity of the patient, the patient can return to work after two to three weeks, although everyday routine can be resumed after a few days, limiting intense activities to begin with. After the procedure, some patients may no longer be able to breastfeed future babies.

A breast reduction is one of the plastic surgery procedures with the highest rates of success and satisfaction.

More information about the Breast Reduction Operation or reduction mammoplasty

However, remember that each case and each patient may vary, and therefore this information should be taken purely as a general guide and explanation. It should not be considered a replacement of the detailed information that the surgeon Dr. Ruiz Ruiz will provide during the personal consultation and evaluation with her.

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