How is a breast reduction done?
The surgery takes about two hours, and you will need to stay overnight at the clinic where you will have your surgery done. Just before your procedure, the plastic surgeon will draw out the treatment plan on your breasts. You will then be given a general anaesthetic.
A wedge-shaped section of the skin and gland tissue is removed from the bottom of the breasts. Afterwards, the nipple is moved up, and the areola may also be reduced in size. In this way, a smaller breast is created. Once your breast reduction has successfully been completed, the wounds are stitched and dressed in support bandages.
A breast reduction involves moving breast tissue up the chest and removing excess skin and breast tissue. Depending on the new position of the breast, a small incision is made in the skin where the nipple is attached. The breast is sutured from the nipple, straight down to the breast-fold. Sometimes the nipple is also reduced in size. Once the excess skin and tissue have been removed, the breast can be re-built. The wounds are covered with gauzes and a support bandage.
The scars on both breasts will be in the shape of an anchor. The base of the anchor will be in the natural fold of the breast. From the centre of that fold, the scar will then go straight up towards the nipple ending with a circle around the areola. Once the wounds have completely healed, 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 still be visible.
You must remove everything that is loose, in or on, your body just before the operation — for example, dentures or other removable prosthetics in the mouth, contact lenses or a hearing aid.
NB: Payment for your treatment should be paid in full no later than four weeks in advance.