Breast reduction

The goal of a breast reduction is to decrease the size and weight of the breast as well as to lift the breast up on the chest wall. The procedure includes reducing the size of the areola (nipple skin) to make it proportional to the new breast. Breast reductions are covered by the RAMQ if a significant amount of tissue is removed (>250grams, equivalent to a can of coke).

Good candidates for this procedure are patients who meet the following criteria:

  • Healthy weight
  • No significant medical problems
  • Non smokers
  • Not on blood thinners
  • Large breasts
  • Pain in neck, shoulders and upper back
  • Would like to significant decrease the size of their breasts (at least 1 cup size)

Poor candidates for this procedure include patients with the following risk factors:

  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Significant medical problems
  • Taking blood thinners
  • Droopy but not heavy breasts
  • Do not want to significantly decrease the size of their breasts (see breast lift)

A typical breast reduction scar looks like an anchor               

 

Recovery from a breast reduction generally consists of two days of pain requiring medication, two weeks for the skin to heal, two months for the breasts to settle and two years for the scars to fade. Time off work ranges between 2-4 weeks.

 

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