If you are considering breast reduction surgery, you should clearly communicate your expectations during the initial consultation. The doctor will inquire about your personal medical history and family medical history, and then examine you. Based on the examination results, factors such as the size and shape of your breasts, the condition of your skin, your age, marital status, whether you plan to have children, and the new position of the nipple will be discussed with you.
It is important to inform your doctor whether you have recently given birth and whether you intend to have more children. If you have recently given birth, you can undergo breast reduction or breast lift surgery after 3-6 months following the cessation of breastfeeding. If you wish to have another pregnancy and breastfeed after the surgery, your doctor will perform a suitable surgical technique to accommodate that.
Having large breasts can cause health problems such as poor posture, back and neck pain, and skin wounds. Therefore, breast reduction surgery can be considered a health procedure for women. Since a portion of the breast tissue is removed during the surgery, the risk of breast cancer is reduced. Additionally, with less breast tissue, future diagnosis through imaging techniques becomes easier. Moreover, the breast tissue removed during the surgery is sent for pathology, providing an important chance for early diagnosis.
Different breast reduction techniques are employed based on factors such as breast size, the possibility of future childbirth, and scarring concerns. It is not correct to say that one technique is the best among all. The size of the breast plays a significant role in determining the appropriate technique. The most commonly used technique is called the “Inverted T” method. Another frequently used technique is the Lejour method, which leaves an “I” or keyhole-shaped scar underneath the nipple. Although the Lejour method leaves less visible scarring, some patients may experience a slight tightening appearance in the lower part of the breast. This should be explained to the patient before the surgery, and it should be emphasized that it can be corrected under local anesthesia at around the 6-month mark.
During breast reduction surgery, the following steps are typically involved: