Breast reduction brings relief for the whole body
Large breasts can be a burden. For many women especially when they lose their elasticity after pregnancy or weight loss. Many patients therefore opt for breast reduction or reduction mammoplasty (mamma reduction for short), possibly in conjunction with a breast reduction Breast lift. It is important to us that you are in harmony with your body, so that the health aspect is the main focus during the consultation. Women with large and heavy breasts often suffer from back pain or tension. And also in the aesthetic sense, a breast reduction and breast lift can often have positive effects - for body and mind.
Personal advice: For whom is a breast reduction an option and what results are aimed for?
In our practice in Berlin, every breast reduction is preceded by an individual and personal consultation, in which the expectations and goals of our patients are discussed and all questions that arise are clarified. In principle, the decision to reduce the size of the breast is independent of age, there are only two requirements: Growth must be complete and the breast must be fully developed. It should definitely be discussed in advance if patients are planning to lose weight or become pregnant in the near future, since the shape of the breast can change significantly in both cases and affect the outcome of the operation.
Course of the breast reduction surgery in Berlin
In a breast reduction, skin and breast tissue are removed and a new breast is then formed with the remaining tissue. The nipple usually needs to be relocated to match the newly formed breast. As part of this treatment, we have specialized in a scar-saving technique to reduce the size of the breast: depending on the amount that is removed, we use the Lejour or Hall-Findlay technique. With these methods it is possible to preserve the functions of the nipple. (The necessary blood vessels, the intercostal nerve, which is important for sensitivity, and the milk ducts are preserved with the help of a so-called "stick".) Since "only" skin and breast tissue are removed during the procedure, the breast does not lose its natural function. Only as much skin as necessary is removed. If there is a lot of excess skin, another incision may have to be made in the underbreast fold. During the course of the operation, the breast gets a new shape and size. A lasting effect that is only affected by the aging process, weight changes or gravity. When the time comes, a repeat intervention can be discussed if necessary.
Breast reduction: preparation and anesthesia
Patients are usually hospitalized for a breast reduction, usually for two days. Before the procedure, there are preliminary examinations and an advisory discussion with the anesthesiologist about anesthesia. Alcohol, nicotine, sleeping pills and painkillers are strictly forbidden around two weeks before the procedure. If you have to take certain medications regularly, you should let us know during the preliminary examination in order to rule out negative side effects. In addition, it makes sense to have a mammography performed prior to the breast reduction in order to identify any tissue changes that affect the course of the operation in good time. The operation takes two to three hours in total. It is technically quite demanding, but has been a standard procedure in our practice for many years.