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Some women develop disproportionally large breasts. This, in addition to self esteem issues, can also cause health problems, such as, neck and back ache, headaches, shoulder pain, numbness and pain in the hands, as well as, social problems such as having to suffer lewd comments made by men and the inability to partake in sports. Breast reduction can solve these problems and therefore significantly improve the patients’ quality of life. After surgery women feel less self-conscious, more free and able to do more activities as their bodies acquire a more balanced and well proportioned look.

During the surgery, skin, excess fat and glandular tissue that contribute to large, pendulous breasts is removed and the nipple and areola moved accordingly. In order to achieve the desired shape the surgeon makes anchor-like incisions, creating a vertical line downwards from the areola (the coloured area around the nipple) and a horizontal below the breast in the crease. The vertical incisions are subsequently brought together to reshape the now smaller breasts.  In most cases the areola, is  repositioned together even though occasionally, in significant reductions, it might be necessary to separate the areola totally and relocate it. If required the size of the areola can also be reduced during the operation.

Reduction mammaplasty as it is medically called is performed under general anaesthesia and takes between two to four hours. As with all procedures under general anaesthesia an overnight stay in the clinic is required. The stitches will be removed after  10-12 days, however, after the surgery you will need to wear a compression bandage and a special surgical support bra for approximately 3 to 6 weeks.



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