To be considered for a breast reduction covered by the RAMQ, one must be able to reduce the volume of the breast by a minimum of 250grams per breast. In general, patients with a size DD or larger bra may consider breast reduction. Patients must be in good general health, have a healthy weight and be non-smoker.
Yes, the breast reduction technique includes a breast lift.
Breast reduction is a day surgery. Patients can expect to have pain for 2 days, relieved by pain medication. Recovery and time off work is generally 4-6 weeks. Physical exercise can be resumed at 1 month. During the first month, patients are advised to wear a sports bra day and night to support healing. The skin heals in 2 weeks and the breast takes its stable form at 2 months. The scars fade over 2 years.
Breastfeeding can be affected by breast reduction. Often breastfeeding is possible, but the breast may not produce enough milk to sustain an infant and supplementing with formula is necessary.
Complications include infection, hematoma, bruising, pain, changes in nipple sensation, delayed wound healing, asymmetry of nipples or breast size, thick scars, fat necrosis. The majority of these complications are rare. Extremely rarely there may be necrosis of the nipples or areolas.