BREAST REDUCTION TECHNIQUES

Breast reduction before - after Dr Bellity
Breast reduction before – after Dr Bellity

Breast hypertrophy almost always has a physical and functional impact that leads to discomfort: neck, shoulder and backache, difficulty in playing sport and difficulty getting clothes to fit for example. Sufferers often experience a significant psychological impact. It is because of such discomforts that in certain conditions (where the excess equals or exceeds 300 grams per breast) social security will cover the cost of the procedure.

The surgery involves the removal of excess skin and glandular tissue. What remains is a volume that is in harmony with the patient’s figure and is what they want. The remaining glandular volume is lifted, concentrated and remodelled. Then the cutaneous envelope has to be adapted which means removing excess skin in a way that ensures the new breasts will stay in place and curve nicely. The edges of the cut skin are then stitched up which creates scars. These scars take the shape of an inverted “T” or a “ship’s anchor” with three parts:

  • 1/ a round scar circling the nipple between the white and brown skin,
  • / a vertical one from the lower tip of the nipple to the inframammary fold,
  • 3/ a horizontal one in the inframammary fold.

The length of the horizontal scar depends on the degree of hypertrophy and ptosis. Sometimes, especially if the hypertrophy and ptosis are moderate, it is possible to operate using the “vertical method”, in which case the horizontal incision and subsequent scar can be avoided. A breast hypertrophy procedure can be carried out as soon as the patient is fully grown, around the age of 17.
The procedure does not impede pregnancy or breast-feeding but we advise you to wait until at least six months after the operation. This procedure does not increase the risk of breast cancer.

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