The goal of breast reduction surgery is to reduce breast volume and lift them back up on the chest wall.
Characteristics of the ideal candidate include:
During surgery, the excess volume is removed. Breasts are lifted back up on the chest wall. A meticulous layered closure is then performed. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia and lasts 3 hours on average. This is an outpatient procedure, meaning patients typically go home on the same day.
Plan to take at least one week off for recovery. No heavy lifting, swimming, or wearing underwires for at least 6 weeks following surgery.
Patients are prescribed pain medications, though most patients are off these medications after 1 week. Scars continue to fade up to 1 year (and sometimes 2 years) after surgery.