Large breasts can cause pain, improper posture, rashes, breathing problems, skeletal deformities, and self-consciousness.
Our surgeons perform reduction mammaplasty, often called breast reduction surgery, to relieve their Calgary patients from these symptoms and enhance their quality of life.
You can start your personal transformation by requesting a consultation online to meet privately with one of our plastic surgeons or call our office at (403) 452-7953 to schedule an appointment.
Is Breast Reduction for You?
Breast reduction surgery aims to improve functional concerns such as pain and discomfort while maintaining or enhancing the aesthetic appearance of the breasts, resulting in a healthier proportion to the rest of the body. Like any surgery, this procedure has risks and complications, including the possibility of decreased ability to breastfeed. Our surgeons use techniques that minimize these risks while aiming for the best possible outcome.
About the Procedure
Breast reduction is a 2 - 3 hour outpatient procedure performed while the patient is under general anesthesia. During the surgery, the surgeon creates an anchor-shaped incision that runs from the new location of the nipple down to and around the crease beneath the breast. The surgeon removes excess glandular tissue, fat, and skin, relocates the nipple and areola, and reshapes the breast before closing the incisions with buried dissolvable stitches. Liposuction may be recommended to remove excess fat from the armpit area if this is of particular concern to the patient.
Patients often go home on the day of surgery but may sometimes stay overnight. Surgical drainage tubes may be used for fluid removal. A surgical bra is placed at the time of surgery and should wear for 4-6 weeks post-op. Patients may shower the day after surgery.
Mild to moderate pain is normal after breast reduction, as are changes to nipple sensitivity. This typically dissipates in days to weeks but may last a few months. Swelling, bruising, crusting and slight changes in breast size are also common. Most patients return to regular activity, including work, in about two weeks, although you should avoid heavy lifting for three to four, and only gentle contact with the breasts should occur for six weeks.
Scars fade with time but will not disappear completely; they can usually be hidden with a bra, bathing suit, or low-cut top.