Breast reduction surgery is used to achieve better shape and proportion in the breasts, while also improving symmetry and removing any sag that is present. This usually leads to alleviated symptoms such as back, shoulder or neck pain and discomfort in daily activities.
There are two methods of reducing the volume of the breast:
- Reduction through tissue removal
- Reduction through liposuction
Reduction Through Tissue Removal
This method removes breast tissue and skin and will reduce the size of the breasts while simultaneously lifting the breasts for a perkier figure.
The surgery is suitable for women who have large and droopy breasts. Some women develop large breasts as they reach adulthood and others have large breasts after pregnancies. This can result in aches in the neck, back and difficulty during physical exercise.
The surgery will result in smaller, pert breasts which are lifted to their original youthful position. There are scars associated with the procedure which will fade over time.
The surgery takes 4-5 hours and you can expect to stay in hospital for 2-4 days. You will be off work for 7 days.
Reduction Through Liposuction
For moderately sized breasts, it is possible to reduce the breasts through liposuction. This is a much simpler operation and can be done as a day surgery. This only removes breast tissue and not skin.
This method is suitable for patients who have moderately large breasts caused by fat which are not droopy.
The surgery will result in smaller breasts with little change in their droopiness. Patient selection is vital for optimal result.
The surgery takes 2 hours and can be done as a day surgery. There is a 1-2 day downtime.
Dr Andrew Khoo is a consultant plastic surgeon practicing at the Aesthetic & Reconstructive Centre in Singapore. He is dedicated to providing professional aesthetic care in a relaxed and private setting.
Aesthetic Surgeon Dr Khoo was awarded the Master of Medicine in Surgery in Singapore and obtained fellowships from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. He received further training in craniofacial and aesthetic surgery during his time at the Institute of Craniofacial and Reconstructive Surgery in Southfield.