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What is Reduction mammaplasty?

15:07 - 9 April , 2021

Medical procedure



Within plastic surgery, it is a procedure whose objective is to reduce the breast volume by removing excess fat tissue and skin from the breast. 

It is usually performed due to personal reasons for being unhappy with the breast volume, either for aesthetics or for causing discomfort in certain activities and/or generating lumbar pain.

As in an augmentation mammaplasty, this intervention is performed through a cut under the breast, in the arm, or in the navel. 

Before the procedure:

We recommend that you talk to your ABC doctor so he or she explains the purpose and scope of said surgery in order for you to know what to expect from it. 

  • Make sure your body hygiene is optimal.
  • Follow the recommended fasting time.
  • It may be advisable to have a mammogram before the intervention.
  • Tell your doctor if you are taking anticoagulants or any other medication.

When the procedure is complete:

General anesthesia is used in this procedure, which lasts approximately three to four hours. Upon completion, you will be hospitalized for two to three days.

The first few weeks your breasts will be sore, your nipples will burn, and the incision will bother you. In short, these discomforts will disappear and you will be able to resume your life and normal activities. Monitor wound healing daily and avoid infection by following your ABC doctor’s instructions.

Potential risks:

  • Clots.
  • Infections.
  • Lack of sensitivity. 
  • Inability to breastfeed
  • Permanent scars.
  • Asymmetrical nipples.
  • Numbness.
  • Sore throat.

In our High Specialty Surgery Center, we perform more than 7,000 cutting-edge surgical procedures each year with state-of-the-art technology. Our mission is to provide you with general and highly specialized medical-surgical services with the highest standards of quality and safety comparable with international centers of excellence through a multidisciplinary team that uses evidence-based clinical protocols that guarantee the best assistance and care of your health.

The ABC Medical Center has always been known for practicing cutting-edge medicine. Our commitment to innovate keeps us as leaders in the practice of this discipline.

Your next surgery in expert and certified hands.

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