Breast and Thorax

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What is it for?

  • Reduces breast size and improves physical and emotional symptoms caused by very large breasts

What does it mean?

  • Breast reduction surgery, also called reduction mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure that involves the excision of part of the breast and cutaneous tissue in order to obtain a more harmonious and adapted breast shape in relation to the woman's body, also allowing the nipple to be repositioned near its ideal position. The technique of breast reduction is often associated with liposuction of the lateral extensions of the breast, to obtain a more favourable result. Breast hypertrophy is sometimes a social stigma and may also be associated with back pain, neck pain and shoulder bruise marks in the most severe cases. It is important, however, to be aware that maintaining an appropriate body weight is crucial in achieving greater surgical safety and more reliable and long-lasting results

Procedure time

  • 1h30 to 2h30

Other procedures that can be associated

  • Abdominoplasty, liposuction, thigh lift (cruroplasty)

Type of anaesthesia

  • General anaesthesia


  • Depending on the size and shape of the breast, the surgical options range from the vertical scar technique - a scar around the areola combined with a vertical scar below the areola - or otherwise these same scars in association with another horizontal scar along the inframammary fold (the so-called inverted "T" scar)


  • 1 to 2 days in hospital


  • You can return to work in about 7-10 days as long as there is no weight lifting or exertion required. We recommend full arm lift to start only from week two onward. Sports activities can be performed after 6 weeks. You should also wear a compression bra (recommended by our team) for 6 weeks. After a few months, the scars acquire a tone similar to the surrounding skin, becoming less noticeable. Lymphatic drainage, performed by professionals with experience in this type of procedure is a complementary technique that can be started after 15 days

Most frequent problems and risks

  • Sometimes an easily tolerable discomfort (controllable with painkillers), swelling (which may be prolonged over time), or delayed healing are possible, as well as the sensation heat in the breasts for a few weeks and changes in nipple sensitivity (increased or decreased). Less frequent are excessive scarring or hyperpigmentation of the scars, hematoma, infection or areas of greater hardness and consistency (foci of steatonecrosis - remaining devitalized tissue, usually due to surgery in very large breasts). Breasts may be sensitive to stimulation for a few weeks. Over time, loss of tissue elasticity, trauma, weight changes or pregnancy can alter the shape of the breast


  • The results persist for many years, and there may be variables (loss of elasticity of tissues with age, trauma, changes in weight or pregnancies) that condition the result

Breast Reduction