Breast Reduction

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Operation Information

Operation time Anesthesia method Hospitalization Remove stitch Recovery period
1 HOUR General anesthesia For about a day In a week 3~4 days

** Above operation information is general and may differ depending on individual patient.

Breast reduction, Why is it necessary?

1. Weight of big breast results in pain in the neck or waist and even deformation of spine
2. Eczema and other skin disease on the area under the breast, shoulder is pressed due to pressure of bra
Since the size of breast is subjective, there is no absolute standard. It may differ depending on the physique of woman, culture or time. In general, if one breast weighs over 500kg, it can be regarded as the big breast.
If it is too big, it may cause various symptoms in addition to cosmetic problem. It may result in difficulty to wear pretty cloths, pain in the neck or waists as the weight is slanted forward due to weight of breast. In severe cases, clavicle may be bent due to pressure.
Women with big breast in their late 10’s and early 20’s may become fat due to lack of exercise or become passive and hate to appear in front of others, suffer from mental stress such as difficulty in adapting into social life. In this regard, breast reduction operation is much more about treatment than cosmetic aspect.

Meaning of Breast Reduction

Operation method differs depending on the drooping of breast, location of areola, size and shape of breast. Big breasts droop below due to weight and the skin of breast increases with expansion of size of breast. In addition, breast tissue in it becomes bigger and purpose of breast reduction operation is to reduce both.
In case of mammary gland tissue already expanded, tissue should be cut out and some scars are left. Operation method differs depending on where on the body a scar will be left.
In the past, “Inverted T ” shaped incision method was much used to make it appear in the wrinkle below breast. Recently, areola incision method is frequently used, which leaves scar on the areola, dark area around the pimple, resulting in almost no scar visible.

Breast Reduction Operation Method

02_reduction01 1) Inverted-T Reduction Mammoplasty

It is a traditional incision method to remove the skin, fat and mammary gland after incising from the pimple to the wrinkle under the skin in the inverse-shape. This breast reduction operation creates new shape of breast by moving the pimple upward and pulling up both skins. Since it can remove the dropped skin and sufficient amount of mammary tissue, it has high satisfaction among patients. Weakness of this method is that sense of pimple may be lost or decline when too much tissue are removed and pimples are moved far away, and that operation time is long and scar is left after operation.
02_reduction02 2) Periareolar Reduction Mammoplasty

This method is used to solve the problem of scar that appears at inverted T shaped incision method. As its name shows, part of breast tissue can be incised by incising the area around areola, leaving the smallest scar. Since sufficient amount of breast tissue cannot be taken off through this incision for big breast, sufficient breast tissue cannot be taken off, and there is limit in the scope of target.
02_reduction03 3) Vertical Reduction Mammoplasty

This method is used to solve the problem of scar that appears at inverted T shaped incision method. As its name shows, part of breast tissue can be incised by incising the area around areola, leaving the smallest scar. Since sufficient amount of breast tissue cannot be taken off through this incision for big breast, sufficient breast tissue cannot be taken off, and there is limit in the scope of target.

※Remember this before breast reduction operation!!

1. Scar
Breast reduction operation leaves a scar after operation. But scar becomes pale in about a year, there is no need to worry too much. But if your body constitution is keloid (causes red swollen bump on the area of scar during regeneration), it is necessary to pay more attention before selection.
2. Disturbance of lactation
Most breast reduction operations do not cause problem in lactation after operation. But it is necessary to get consultation before operation and to remember that lactation is impossible if the connection between pimple and pipe is disconnected as they are moved upward too much.
3. Decline in sense of pimple
While there is some difference, it may cause some decline in sense of pimple after operation. While it returns to the state before operation over the time, it may permanently last in some cases.
4. Asymmetry
Location of pimple may show asymmetry or size of breast looks different after operation. It is because the swelling of mammary gland of two sides slightly differs. It is better to make an accurate determination after 6 months when swelling of tissues subsides and treatment finishes. Reoperation may be required if asymmetry is severe.
5. Getting larger again
If you receive operation before development of breast finishes, additional operation may be required. If you receive operation after development of breast finishes, it will get bigger as you gain weight, and will droop when you get older, get bigger when you get pregnant and breast feed, and it will get smaller when you stop breast-feeding.