What is Breast Reduction and Breast Reduction with Implant?
Breast Reduction or Reduction Mammaplasty is a surgery to remove excess skin, glandular tissue and breast fat to reduce breast size due to the physical discomfort from the weight of their breasts. The problem of large breasts can cause both physical and emotional distress. Such as, shoulder, back, and neck pain. Sometimes when a patient wears a bra and carries heavy breasts, it can cause infection or skin rash under the breast fold. Most people who have large breasts will suffer from self-consciousness about their figure in clothes. It will make it more stressful when they go outside as they lack confidence.

Pros and Cons of Breast Lift surgery
Pros : Reduce breasts size to look proportioned with the body. Decrease the pain at back, shoulder, or neck Enhance your self-confidence Better fit in more variety clothes
Cons : Need implants to increase volume and upper fullness in some cases. Wide gap sometimes cannot be corrected Cannot 100% correct asymmetry breast


How to prepare yourself before surgery?

1. You must have a consultation with a Plastic Surgeon in detail and understand the solution, result and outcomes. You have to discuss with the surgeon about the size, incision, type of implants, placement, estimate of time for surgery, result, risks and complications. You need to understand how to prepare yourself before and after surgery. If you are older than 40 years old or younger but have a history of cancer in the family, you must have a mammogram before surgery.
2. You must have a pre-operative check-up including Blood Test, EKG, and Chest X-ray with a medical doctor
3. Consult with your doctor and adjust medication if you have any underlying medical conditions, drug allergy and previous medical treatments.
4. Stop smoking at least 2-4 weeks before surgery.
5. Stop all vitamins and supplements including herbs at least 2 weeks before surgery. 6. Stop taking Aspirin or Anti-Inflammatory drugs.


The process of Breast Reduction and Breast Reduction with Augmentation
There are 3 common incision patterns for Breast Reduction

1.) Circumareolar Incision
Pros : Less scar, only around the areola
Cons : Cannot correct in severe sagging breasts condition. It can only lift up nipples around 2cm. And areola can change the shape after surgery.


2.) Vertical Incision
Pros : Short scar, Length of surgery is short
Cons : Only correct excess skin in vertical position and cannot correct in severe sagging breasts. After the surgery, the shape of the corrected breasts may not be in good shape. It takes around 3-6 months to be better.

3.) Inverted T Incision
Pros : Can correct most of the excess skin. Breast looks natural and in good shape after surgery. All skin excess in both vertical and horizontal positions can be removed.
Cons : Length of surgery and scar are longer than other options.

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Who is a good candidate?

– 18 years old and above
– Physically healthy and not pregnant or breastfeeding
– Nipples position is pointing down or lower than normal due to heavy fat and skin elasticity is not good.
– Dissatisfied with big breasts and losing shape and volume after pregnancy, massive weight loss, or the consequence of older age.
– Have asymmetrical breasts
– Have realistic expectations and be able to admit that after surgery, there may be some changes of feeling such as hypersensitivity or loss of sensation of nipples.


– You can see the results right after surgery. However, the final results may take a few weeks as the swelling subsides and the skin stretches. Usually you can see the final results within 6 months to 1 year.
– The swelling will gradually improve within 4-6 weeks.
– Scar will gradually fade away within 1-2 years depending on your skin type. Some people may have a bad scar or Keloid.
– Strictly following the doctor’s advice and recommendation will yield the best results.


– After a surgery, blood and fluid may collect inside your body in the surgical area. Surgeons will insert a surgical drain tube which can be removed in 1-2 days.
– The surgeon will wrap your chest with Elastic bandage which will be replaced with a support bra after the surgeon removes the surgical drain tube.
– An appointment will be made to remove the eternal stitches 7-10 days after surgery. Usually the patient can return to work within 14 days after surgery.

Post-op care

How to take care of yourself after surgery

1.) Bruising and Swelling
– Bruising and Swelling will occur within 48-72 hours after surgery. The third day is usually the worst and then it will gradually get better after day 4.
– Bruising will be better after 4 days and will be gone in 21days.
– Swelling will subside quite quickly in the first 2-3 weeks and then disappear in 3-6 months.
– Cold compress with a cold pack or a bag of ice is needed in the first 3 days. It will help reduce swelling and bruising.

2.) Pain and Medication
– The most painful moment is right after surgery and on the first day. In some patients, it will take more time before all the pain disappears.
– Surgeons recommend taking pain relievers only when you are in pain. Do not take it more than 6 times per day.
– There may be some side effect such as nausea or dizziness
– If rash or itch occurs after taking medication, the patient must inform the surgeon immediately.
– The antibiotic medication must be taken until it is finished.
– Any underlying condition and medication needs to be informed and adjusted by both a surgeon or medical doctor before and after surgery.
– Do not take Aspirin or any medication in Aspirin group, Vitamin E, Herbs, or any supplements at least 2 weeks before and after surgery. It can cause bleeding and bruising.

3.) Smoking and Drinking
– You must stop smoking 4 weeks prior to and 4 weeks post surgery.
– You must stop drinking 2-4 weeks prior to and 2-4 weeks post surgery.

4.) Wound dressing
– Patients can take a sponge bath before the surgical drain tubes are removed . After the surgical drain tubes are removed, the surgeon will put waterproof dressing so you can take a quick shower.
– Check waterproof dressing, and make sure that it is clean and dry at all times.
– Remove waterproof dressing within 48 hours after discharge from hospital.
– Do not touch the wound directly after removing waterproof dressing.
– Use wooden cotton buds with normal saline to clean the wound and apply antibiotic cream twice a day.
– The stitches will be removed in 7-10 days
– If there is any sign of infection or complications, please inform surgeons immediately.
– Scar cream, scar gel, or silicone sheet can be used 5-7 days after all stitches are removed.

5.) Support bra
– You must wear a support bra or sport bra 24 hours for at least 1-2 months after the surgery.
– After 2 months, the surgeon recommends wearing it to reduce a chance of sagging.
– Underwire bras can be worn after 6 months.

6.) Massaging
– Massaging is recommended for Round Implant only.
– Start massaging 4 weeks after surgery.
– Massaging 5-10 minutes twice a day after shower.

7.) Exercise – Avoid exercise for at least 2 months after surgery.
– No weight lifting or lifting anything heavier than 5kg.
– Avoid hot tubs or saunas at least 6 months after surgery.

8.)Sleeping positions after surgery
– Get enough sleep and rest after surgery.
– Use 2 pillows to lift your head up, it will help reduce swelling.
– Sleep on your back at least 2-3 weeks with a pillow supporting your side.


Risks and Complications

– Complications of general anesthesia
– Infection
– Bleeding
– Blood Collection
– Deep Vein Thrombosis
– Keloid scar
– Seroma
-Loss of nipple sensation
– Numbness ( usually will improve in 3-6 months )
– Capsular Contracture
– Wound Separation
– Tissue and Nipples necrosis
– Asymmetry of both Breasts and Nipples. ( Nipples size and areolar )
– Double Bubble Fold
– Rippling
– After surgery, Breast shape can change after massive weight loss or gain due to pregnancy.



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