Breast reduction

What is breast reduction?

A breast reduction, along with the breast lift, is one of the most performed breast operations in the Netherlands. Breasts develop during puberty. Often the size and shape of the breasts depend on genetic predisposition. In addition, many women may have difficulty with the shape of their breasts, for example by weight gain or loss, pregnancy and condition of skin and mammary gland tissue. Our specialists are happy to help you achieve the desired result!

Due to loss of elasticity of the skin, large breasts can easily hang. Women who consider breast reduction often have neck, shoulder and back complaints. From an aesthetic point of view one can also be unhappy with having too big breasts. A breast-reducing operation can remedy these symptoms and can bring the size of the breasts more in line with the shape of the body.

How does breast reduction work?

A breast reduction can make you feel good about your breasts again. The surgery takes about 2 hours and requires an overnight stay in the clinic where you will be helped. Prior to the surgery, the plastic surgeon signs your breasts according to the treatment plan. Then the general anesthetic is administered.

A wedge-shaped part of the skin and gland tissue is removed at the bottom of the breast. The nipple is then moved upwards and, if necessary, the areola is reduced. In this way, a smaller breast is modeled. When the breast reduction is successful the breast will be attached and you will receive a support bandage.

In breast reduction, the breast tissue is moved upwards and the skin and breast tissue removed. Depending on the new position of the breast, a hole is made in the skin where the nipple is attached. Attaching is done from the nipple right down to the breast fold. The nipple is possibly reduced. If the excess skin and tissue have been removed, the breast can be rebuilt. Covering the wound is done with gauze pads and a support bandage.

The scars on both breasts are anchor-shaped. The bottom of the anchor falls into the natural breast fold. From the middle, it then runs vertically up to the nipple with a circle around the areola. After healing, the scars in the breast fold and around the areola will hardly be visible. The part that runs vertically from the breast fold to the nipple will often be visible.

Just before the operation you remove everything that is loose in or on your body, such as dentures or other loose prostheses in the mouth, contact lenses and / or hearing aid. On the day of the operation you can report to the reception.

Note: the payment of your treatment must be paid no later than 4 weeks in advance.

When am I suitable for a breast reduction?

If you have large breasts, this can cause symptoms. For example, you may suffer from back pain, pain in the shoulders and neck. Too large breasts can therefore be an obstacle in sports, for example. Women can also be ashamed by big breasts. You are eligible for a breast reduction if you have physical or psychological problems.


Before the surgery can take place you will consult with one of our consultants. A consultant gives free advice on all the possibilities within the practice. This advice is always personal and formed according to your wishes. During the consultation, you get all the time to ask any questions and indicate what you expect from the facelift. A consultation is always free of obligation. The methods and operating techniques will also be discussed in order to see what suits you best. Moreover, we will discuss what results you can expect, what the possible risks of this operation are and how the aftercare will look like. You always receive honest advice and you will be informed about the treatment and the period that follows.

During the second consultation, the plastic surgeon will also check whether you are a suitable candidate for a breast reduction. The surgeon will ask about your health, medical background and any medication. If you use blood-thinning medication, you must stop at least one week before treatment.

What are the benefits of a breast reduction?

  • Wear all kinds of clothing again

  • No more back/neck complaints

  • Complete anesthesia

What can I expect after a breast reduction?

After the breast reduction you stay overnight in the clinic. After the treatment you will enter the recovery room where, among other things, your blood pressure and heart rate are monitored. There you are about half an hour. Then you will be moved to the day treatment in bed where you stay overnight. You are not allowed to go home under supervision until the next morning.

You may take a shower the day after the operation. Make sure that the wound remains dry. The patch is water-resistant and can be dry-dabbed. Leave the patch for two weeks. The patch is attached to the suture. The adhesion dissolves automatically and must not be removed.

After two weeks, the first follow-up takes place and any buttons are cut off. Wear a well-supporting post-operative bra without braces. The bra should not be too tight, but should fit well. Always wear the bra – day and night – during the six weeks after the operation. Take sufficient rest and avoid physically strenuous activities such as housekeeping (for example: vacuuming, cooking or heavy lifting), do not raise your arms and do not exercise during the first two weeks after the operation. The first six weeks after the operation you can not swim or go to the sauna. Avoid full sun during the first two weeks after surgery. The first year it is wise to cover the scar against the sun so that the wound will not discolor. If there is redness, swelling, fever or an open wound, or there are other issues that you are worried about. Do not hesitate and contact the practice of Diana Gabriels.