Heavy and large breasts can have a negative impact on a woman’s physical and mental health. Breast reduction, also known as reduction mammoplasty, is a procedure that reduces and reshapes your breasts, rendering them more proportional to the rest of your body.
It is a common procedure that improves the aesthetic appearance of the breast, while also relieving the physical and emotional aspects of overly large breasts. This procedure should ideally be performed after a woman has completed having children as it may affect their ability to breast feed.
Good Candidates for Breast Reduction Have:
Large, drooping breasts that are disproportionately large compared to the rest of your body frame
Large, sagging breasts with nipples that are pointed downwards
Asymmetrical large breasts
Large breasts that create neck, back, and shoulder pain
Large breasts responsible for painful grooves on shoulders from bra straps
Large breasts, affecting their posture and limiting their ability to exercise
Before the Surgery
During your initial consultation, board certified plastic surgeon Jonathan Lee, MD, FRCSC will perform a thorough evaluation of your breasts and body shape. He will determine if you are a good candidate for breast reduction and make a recommendation tailored to your specific goals. He may also advise combining your reduction with liposuction to the sides of the breasts and chest wall in order to improve your aesthetic result. Pre-treatment photos will be taken and any potential risks and complications will also be discussed.
Dr. Lee always encourages his patients to bring in photos of breast shapes and sizes that they find attractive. This often helps in the discussion and visualization of the target goals.
Dr. Jonathan Lee (MD, FRCSC) is an experienced, Canadian and New York fellowship-trained Plastic Surgeon based in Calgary. Well-established, he is board certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and specializes in both cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery.
About the Procedure
A breast reduction is performed under a general anaesthetic and will take approximately 2 hours to complete.
Dr. Lee will choose either a straight vertical-type incision (vertical reduction) with an incision around the areola or the traditional anchor-shaped incision (Key-hole reduction) depending on your breast shape and size.
Excess breast tissue, fat, and skin is removed and the areola diameter is reduced. The areola and nipple are next elevated to an improved position and the breast is reshaped and tightened upon closure of the skin. Stitches are all dissolvable.
Liposuction is often used to further improve the appearance of the breast by removing excess fat from the armpit and side of the chest. Occasionally, liposuction alone can be used for breast reduction.
Drains are occasionally placed into either breast and removed during the first post-op visit at 1 week.
After the Surgery
- Most patients are able to return home two hours following the surgery.
- Patients may experience some pain along the breasts and chest wall that usually settles within a few days. Dr. Lee will prescribe you a pain reliever. After the first week, Tylenol is usually sufficient for any discomfort and most patients are able to resume regular activities after 2 weeks.
- Following the surgery, you may have some mild bruising and swelling. The breasts will also feel quite firm as a result of the swelling. They will gradually soften and start to settle, becoming more natural looking within several weeks to months.
- During the first 2 weeks after the surgery, you should avoid any strenuous activities. For the first 4 weeks, sleeping on your stomach or sides should also be avoided.
- Dr. Lee will typically see you within one week after the surgery. At this time, he will remove the drains and also provide you with detailed scar care instructions. The next visits will be after 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months and 1 year.