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Breast reduction

Large breasts are often not only a primary aesthetic problem, but are also associated with neck and back pain. Sport can become an ordeal. Breast reduction not only helps to restore a shape harmonious with the body proportions, but also to remedy the painful back symptoms.

Procedural facts

Anaesthesia:General anaesthesia.
Duration:About 3 to 4 hours
Treatment:Outpatient at the Bellefontaine Clinic. Overnight stay is also possible on request.
Work:Return to work depends on the nature of the work
Sport:After 8 weeks
Aftercare:sports bra for 6 weeks. Antibiotic prophylaxis for 7 days. Painkillers for at least one week. Scar treatment with scar ointment and silicone plaster from 3 weeks after surgery.
Risks:Local swelling, bruising, infection, hematoma, sensory disturbance, necrosis, asymmetry and impaired healing, limited ability to breastfeed.
Costs:We will be happy to provide you with a non-binding offer. Please fill out the contact form or call us.

An example of breast reduction
with 550 g breast resection per side

reduction mammaire 550 g 1
reduction mammaire 550 g 2
reduction mammaire 550 g 3

General information

A large and heavy chest is a burden for many women. They can cause back and neck pain and hinder sporting activities. In addition, the skin under the breast can become irritated and fungal infections can occur. Breast reduction involves removing excess fat and glandular tissue in the lower part of the breast and reducing the breast to the desired size. If the breast volume is medium, the scar is confined to the areola and vertical plane. If the volume of the breast is more pronounced, a horizontal scar at the breast crease is required. In principle, a breast reduction can be performed at any age.

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Treatment procedure
At the Bellefontaine Clinic

Before the procedure

In an initial consultation, we make sure that breast reduction is an operation that meets your expectations. We clarify questions about your general health, your family history with the breast and measure various parameters of the breast. An ultrasound and/or mammogram prior to surgery is standard. It is strongly recommended to stop smoking 3 weeks before and 3 weeks after surgery.

During the procedure

On the day of the breast reduction we take photos of the breast before the operation in a standing position. 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 anesthesia. For moderate volume, the incision is made around the areola and vertically below it. For larger volumes, another incision is sometimes required along the natural breast crease. Excess breast tissue, fat and skin are removed to form a smaller, firmer breast, the areola is reduced in size and the nipple is lifted to its new position.

After the procedure

After the operation the breast is immobilized with a tight bandage. You will need to wear a metal-free sports bra for 6 weeks after the operation. The stitches can be removed 3 weeks after the operation, the remaining stitches dissolve. From then on you can treat the scar with a special scar ointment and silicone plasters.

Risks and side effects

Immediately after the breast reduction you may experience swelling and numbness in the breast area. These usually disappear after a few weeks. Disruption of blood flow to the nipple is also possible, especially in nipples that are low before the operation. The ability to breastfeed may be limited or eliminated after surgery. Unsightly scars may develop. Postoperative bleeding and infection are rare.


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