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Breast Reduction - Reduction Mammoplasty

Although this operation is considered as a cosmetic plastic surgery, it is a surgery that is performed not only to change the appearance but also to eliminate many health problems and complaints. In the breast reduction surgery, fatty tissue and excess skin that cause saggy breasts that occur because of various reasons are removed, the breasts are reshaped.


Breast reduction surgery is performed under general anesthesia. It lasts nearly between 2,5 - 3 hours. Depending on your breast structure and degree of sagging, there are some incision techniques such as “Inverted T Technique’ and ‘Lollipop Technique’ can be applied.

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Is breast reduction surgery safe?

It has been a safe operation for a long time

Breast reduction surgery is a safe operation. It is one of the body contouring surgeries that have been performed since the beginning of the 19th century and which can be done safely applying the various incision techniques that had been developed especially since the middle of the last century. However, there are low risk probabilities as in every surgery such as bleeding, hematoma, infection and anesthetic side effect in this surgery.

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Who can have a breast reduction surgery?

Those who complete normal development may have surgery

In order to have a breast reduction surgery, the candidates of this operation have to be over 18 years old and complete their body development. If you don’t complete your body development and have a breast reduction under the age of 18, you can experience some health problems such as hormonal disorders. Therefore, you need to be over 18 years old to have this operation.

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How long after breast augmentation do I see results?

Change is observed immediately after surgery

You can observe the changes immediately after surgery. There is a visible change in the post-operative period. Also, early symptoms disappear in a very short time, but the incision scars around the breast areas become obscure in time. It takes for your breasts reaching their natural appearance between 6 and 12 months.

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What should I do after surgery?

You should wear a sports bra for 6-8 weeks.

  • Wear the sports bra over your dressings after the surgery. It is important for reducing the edema and shaping the chest muscles. 
  • Severe pain is not expected after breast reduction surgery; you may have some pain in the first few days, but it is reduced with painkillers in the early postoperative period.
  • Since the routine doctor check is important after the surgery, patients coming from outside the city should stay in the city for 5 days. This period may change depending on the physician’s advice.
  • Bruising and swellings on breasts may occur after the surgery. This is normal. In order to regulate your blood flow and reduce bruising and swellings, you can put ice or cold pack on the bruising and swelling areas according to you doctor’s advice. It is recommended to massage gently on your breasts 3 weeks after the operation. More detailed information is given by your doctor during the checks. 
  • Do not lie down on your breasts (or in a prone position) at least 2 months.
  • Don’t stretch your arms and pectoral muscle in first 7 days and don’t lift heavy and drive a vehicle.
  • You can start to take a walk 2 weeks after the operation. At the end of the first week, you can do your own work. But you should not exercise heavily, swim, and use excessive force in the first 4-6 weeks.

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Will people be able to tell or catch I had a breast augmentation?

Incision scars are in inframammary fold.

After the surgery, tour breasts become more natural in time. The incision scars are on the breast crease. Firstly, they are red; after a while they would turn pink, later become white, and finally become obscure in time, nearly between 6 or 12 months.

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Postoperative discomforts

Postoperative problems and discomforts reduce in time

  • Loss of sensation in the nipples may occur after the surgery, but this lasts generally a day. 
  • A breast asymmetry may occur depending on your body and breast structure after the surgery. However, these kinds of complaints and problems also reduce by recovering your breasts in time.
  • After this procedure, some breastfeeding problems may be seen depending on breast reduction technique, so women who desire to have a child should consider this probability and tell their expectations to the doctor.
  • Bruising and swellings on breasts may occur after the surgery. This is normal.

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What kind of anesthesia is used for breast reduction?

Need general anesthesia

Since the operation lasts approximately 2 or 3 hours, breast reduction surgery is performed under general anesthesia

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What are the rules should be obeyed after the surgery?

Please inform your surgeon clearly about your medical history and your health.

  • Since smoking delays wound healing, please stop smoking at least 4 weeks before the surgery.
  • Please inform your doctor, if you have had surgery before, chronic diseases, and if you take any medicine and pills. 
  • Stop taking blood thinners such as aspirin and using homeopathic agents such as vitamin E, because they may increase bleeding; but do not forget to inform and consult your doctor before stopping them.
  • If you had influenza and flue before the surgery, please inform your doctor.
  • Avoid sun exposure and sunbath immediately before the surgery.
  • Stop eating and drinking at least 8 hours before the surgery.
  • In addition to preoperative blood tests, breast ultrasonography can be performed if mammography is required.

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Daily and work life

You can meet your daily needs after discharge from the hospital

As long as you do not stretch and move too much your arms, you can meet your daily needs after you discharge from the hospital. You can get back to your normal life nearly after 7 days and to your work life after 7 or 10 days.

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Pre-operative examinations

Breast size, distance between nipple and breast fold should be examined correctly before the surgery.

Your desire and complaints about your breasts are listened in detail by our surgeon. Your breast size, distance between your nipple and breast fold, your breast tissue and skin features, shoulder and hip widths, nipple structure, both your and family’s medical history, your age, whether you have a child or not are evaluated and examined by our doctor. As a result of this evaluation and examination, the technique to be applied, the location of nipple, and the incisions places are determined. Also, the surgery method and technique is decided.

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Are the results of breast reduction permanent?

The results of breast reduction surgery are permanent.

Although results of this operation are permanent, weight fluctuations, pregnancy, breastfeeding and gravity can cause to increase breast size and sagging. Therefore, in order to maintain of your breasts form, you should watch your weight and do sports.

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The hospital process

1 day stay in hospital is enough

After the examinations and consultations, you have the surgery. It lasts between 1 and 3 hours. The hospital stay is 1 day. However, it may change depending on the physician’s advice. There may be a drain which is placed for this surgery. You should not move your arms in the first days. Due to anesthetic effects, dizziness and nausea may occur in the first hours, but these complaints reduce gradually in the following hours. A few hours after the operation, you can start to eat a liquid meal; afterwards you can eat both liquid and solid foods. Please wear a sports bra over the dressings after the surgery. It is important for reducing the edema and shaping the chest muscles. Severe pain is not expected after breast lift surgery; you may have some pain in the first few days, but it is reduced with painkillers in the early postoperative period.

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How many days should I stay at the hospital?

You should stay in the city nearly for 7 to 10 day.

Since the routine doctor check is important after the surgery, patients coming from outside the city should stay in the city at least for 5 days after discharge from the hospital. It may change depending on the physician’s advice.

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