Breast reduction

Large breasts are often not only a primary cosmetic problem, but are also associated with neck and back pain. Sport can become a torture. A breast reduction not only allows you to regain a shape that is in harmony with your body’s proportions, but also to remedy the painful symptoms of the back.

Procedural facts

Anaesthesia: General anaesthesia.
Length: Approximately 3 to 4 hours.
Treatment: Ambulatory at the Bellefontaine Clinic. An overnight stay is also possible on request.
Work: Depends on the type of work.
Sport: After 8 weeks.
Aftercare: Sports bra for 6 weeks. Prophylactic antibiotic for 7 days. Anti-pain for at least one week. Scar treatment with scar ointment and silicone patch from 3 weeks after the operation.
Risks: Local swelling, bruising, infection, hematoma, tenderness, necrosis, asymmetry and scarring, limited ability to breastfeed.
Cost: We will be pleased to provide you with a non-binding offer. Please fill out the contact form or call us.

General information

Unfortunately, larger breasts can often be associated with a variety of problems, ranging from self-consciousness and inconvenience (especially if you are particularly sporty, or if you struggle to find flattering, well-fitting bras and clothes), through to more serious discomfort. This can include backache, neck pain and skin irritation such as rashes under the breasts. There are also issues that arise such as an inability to take part in certain sports or exercise due to overly large breast size. During breast reduction, excess fat and glandular tissue in the lower part of the breast is removed and the breast is reduced to the desired size. If the breast volume is medium, a breast reduction, the scar is limited around the areola and vertically. If the volume of the breast is more severe, a horizontal scar in the fold of the breast is necessary. A breast reduction can be performed at any age.

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Treatment procedure
At the Bellefontaine Clinic

Before the procedure

During the first consultation, we will make sure that a breast reduction is a procedure that will meet your expectations. We will clarify questions about general health, family history of the breast, and we will measure various breast parameters. An ultrasound examination and/or mammogram before the operation is standard. Stop smoking is strongly advised 3 weeks before and 3 weeks after the operation.

During the procedure

On the day of the breast reduction, we take photos of the breasts in a standing position before the operation. Then we draw the future contour of the breast also in a standing position. An anaesthetist will inform you about the planned general anaesthesia. The procedure takes about 3 to 4 hours and is performed under general anaesthesia. For moderate volumes, the incision is made around the areola and vertically underneath. Sometimes, for larger volumes, another incision along the natural breast fold is necessary. Excess breast, fatty and skin tissue is removed and a smaller, firmer breast is formed, the areola is reduced and the nipple is lifted to its new position.

After the procedure

After the operation, the chest is immobilized with a tight bandage. You must wear a sports bra for 6 weeks after the operation. The stitches can be removed 3 weeks after the operation, the remaining stitches will be removed. From that moment on, you can treat the scar with a special scar ointment and silicone patches.

Risks and side effects

Directly after breast reduction, swelling and sensory disturbances may occur in the chest area. These usually disappear after a few weeks. A disturbance of the nipple vascularization is also possible, especially with nipples in a lowered position before the operation. The ability to breastfeed may be limited or even eliminated after the operation. Unsightly scars may appear. Post-operative bleeding and infections are rare.


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