Various Types Of Breast-Reduction Surgeries

Breast reduction is a surgical process that is undertaken by women who have large breasts. Whilst there are many pros and cons associated with breast reduction surgeries, they are still in no way unpopular. Breast reduction surgeries are of various types. As in the case of every surgical procedure, there are possible risks associated with the surgery and also complications that can arise later on.

Knowing the various types of surgeries and their risk factors will help you to identify the best procedure that is suited for your body type and be better prepared to deal with the complications.

Reduction Mammoplasty

In this surgical process, the excess breast tissue is removed from the breast and the skin is cut short before the breast is stitched back into shape. Reduction mammoplasty will help in reducing the size of big breasts and give it a smaller and much shapelier contour. The procedure takes about 5 hours in which the incision is created deep into the breast tissue to remove it. Reduction mammoplasty may take several months to heal as the incision is deep. Care has to be taken while tending to the incision so that infections and other complications do not set in.


Breast lifting is another kind of surgical enhancement of breasts. Here, there is no reduction of breast tissues. The breast tissues are left intact. Only the outer skin will be trimmed and shaped, mostly around the areola where the scar remains camouflaged and along the crease of the breast where again the scar is invisible.

Mastoplexy is done when there is only some kind of sagging and the patient has normal sized breasts, but need a perkier and firmer looking breast. The healing time for mastoplexy is relatively less and there is much less chances of complications that can arise due to the procedure.

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FNG  or free nipple graft is a process that is done when the breasts are way too big for smaller surgeries. During the process of FNG, the breast tissue is removed from inside the breast. Along with that, the nipples are completely removed so that they can be placed in a higher position to achieve greater symmetry. For a normal breast reduction surgery, the nipples are not removed from the skin. FNG is done only when the anomaly cannot be corrected without changing the position of nipples.

Post Surgery Care

After the surgical intervention, the breasts are tied in gauze or a surgical bra is used. Antibiotics are normally administered to reduce chances of infection in the area of incision and also to control the pain associated with the surgery. Within a few weeks, the swelling and incision will start healing. It might take several months before complete healing is attained.

Generally most women are satisfied with the results as there is a great improvement in the shape, contour, posture and back pain. However, the effects of breast reduction can be reversed if you gain weight or after pregnancy. There are also risk factors like loss of sensation, problems with breast feeding etc.