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Breast Reduction Surgery: Is There A Right Age?

Considering breast reduction surgery? Here is everything you need to know.

What is breast reduction surgery?

Breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammaplasty, is a medical procedure to remove excess fat, tissue and skin from your breasts. Large breasts can cause both emotional and physical discomfort. If you are dealing with these issues, you can consider a breast reduction surgery:

  • Chronic back, neck and shoulder pain
  • Chronic rash or skin irritation under the breasts
  • Nerve pain
  • Restricted activity
  • Poor self-image related to large breasts
  • Emotional distress
  • Difficulty fitting into bras and clothing

Men dealing with conditions like gynecomastia can also benefit from breast reduction surgery.

What is the procedure for breast reduction surgery?

Before the surgery, it is imperative that you consult a board-certified plastic surgeon. The surgeon will:

  • Carefully evaluate your medical history and overall health
  • Discuss your expectations for breast size and appearance
  • Discuss in detail the procedure and its risks and benefits
  • Examine and measure your breasts
  • Recommend various lab tests
  • Explain the type of anesthesia used during surgery

Breast reduction surgery will be performed under general anesthesia. The procedure involves surgery through incisions. Excess fat, glandular tissue and skin is removed through these incisions. During the surgery, an incision is made around the areola and down each breast. Then, excess breast tissue, fat and skin are removed to reduce the size of each breast. This process reshapes the breast and repositions the nipple and areola. In some cases, liposuction could also be used to reduce breast size.You will see results immediately after the breast reduction surgery. However, it can take months for the swelling to go down and the surgical scars to fade.

Are the results of a breast reduction surgery permanent?

Since the procedure involves the removal of fat and skin, the results are permanent. However, over time the shape and size of your breasts can change due to aging, weight fluctuations, hormonal factors and gravity.

What does the recovery process involve?

After the breast reduction surgery, your surgeon will instruct you on follow-up appointments to remove bandages and sutures. Full recovery takes about four weeks, but you can return to work and your regular activities within a few days. However, you must avoid exercise and other strenuous physical activities for at least one month after surgery. During the recovery period, your breast may feel sore, appear swollen and bruised. Many women also report loss of sensation in the nipples after breast reduction surgery. However,  the sensation usually fully returns within a few months.

Does breast reduction surgery cause scarring?

Scarring is another major concern for people who want to go for breast reduction surgery. After the procedure, there will be visible scars that form along the surgical incision lines. However, the scars gradually fade over time into very thin pale lines that are barely noticeable.

Is there a right age for breast reduction surgery?

There is no ideal age for getting breast reduction surgery. You can get the procedure done whenever you want, usually as soon as possible, in the late teens to early 20s. However, if your breasts aren’t completely developed at the time of the surgery, you may need revisional surgery later. You might also want to wait if you are planning a pregnancy. Breast reduction surgery can potentially hamper your ability to breastfeed.

What are the risks of breast reduction surgery?

Due to modern techniques and advanced technology, breast reduction surgery is a relatively safe and effective procedure. However, there are a few risks associated with the surgery:

  • Anesthesia risks
  • Bleeding
  • Blood clots
  • Breast asymmetry
  • Breast contour and shape irregularities
  • Temporary or permanent loss of sensation in the nipples
  • Damage to deeper structures – such as nerves, blood vessels, muscles and lungs
  • Excessive firmness of the breast
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Infection
  • Pain
  • Poor wound healing
  • Potential inability to breastfeed
  • Skin discoloration, permanent pigmentation changes, swelling and bruising
  • Scarring

Where to get breast reduction surgery done?

If you are considering breast reduction surgery, you must visit Biolite. Book a consultation now to discuss your queries and expectations with our team of experts. You can speak to us on  +971 4 346 6641, email on, or schedule an appointment here.

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