Tempted by breast reduction? All you need to know


When people think of a boob job they think bigger breast. But that is not always the case. Breast reduction is also very common and helpful procedure.

Back pain, discomfort during sport, difficulty in dressing… A large breast is not always well experienced. When this becomes a problem on a daily basis, surgical reduction can help to come to terms with your figure.


The surgeon asks you what is bothering you. He checks medical and surgical history in order to rule out any contraindication such as a coagulation disorder, heart problems 

He examines the breast and discusses the volume and type of breast desired, and the bra size that can be worn once the results have stabilized. For it to be harmonious, this choice must take into account the silhouette.

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The surgeon specifies the procedure, the examinations to be done before (mammography and ultrasound), the precautions to be taken: no aspirin the days preceding, nor tobacco which increases the risk of complications and poor healing. It describes the consequences, informs about the risks associated with the anesthesia and the surgical procedure itself, from the lightest to the most exceptional (phlebitis, embolism), as well as possible complications such as a hematoma, which must be quickly evacuated, an infection or necrosis. He also gives you an informed consent to read carefully and to report signed during the second consultation or the day of the operation, with the estimate which details the costs of the operating room, anesthesia and the surgeon's fees.

When the volume withdrawn is important, beyond 300g per breast, part of the intervention can be covered by Social Security. But it is not always possible to know this before the procedure.


This first meeting must provide the necessary elements to make an informed decision. With the mandatory statutory reflection period of fifteen days, the date of the intervention will be set beyond, often during a second appointment. It is always better to consult a second surgeon for another opinion.


Under general anesthesia. The consultation with the anesthesiologist must be carried out at the latest 48 hours before the operation.

Generally allow two days of hospitalization, including the night following the operation.


Each surgeon has his habits but generally, You have the chest bandaged, dressings to facilitate healing, drains for one or two days. You rarely have pain afterwards, otherwise you can take analgesics. You should wear a sports bra that opens in front day and night for a month. The area remains sensitive for several weeks. The sutures are removed between the tenth and the fifteenth day, unless they are absorbable.


Yes, from a few days to two weeks depending on the size of the intervention and the type of job. It is necessary to wait a good month before resuming the sport, sometimes two: it is obviously necessary to take the opinion of the surgeon. Be careful, do not forget to wear a suitable sports bra.


Yes, the scar ransom as surgeons call it is one of the downsides of plastic surgery, but it is outweighed by the benefit of having a larger breast size that is easier to live with. As with any cosmetic surgery that is never mandatory, you have to think carefully before, but in general, women who have decided to have the operation do not regret it despite these definitive marks. When there is no problem, it takes a year for the scars to fade. The surgeon will warn you that they often become redder around the second or third month after the operation, a "normal" inflammatory process that decreases in the weeks that follow. If this is not the case and a scar becomes hypertrophic or keloid, in other words swollen and sometimes painful, the surgeon will prescribe appropriate care. In rare cases, he may then suggest surgical revision.


It takes a year for the healing process to be completed. In case of asymmetry, a touch-up can be proposed but you have to wait at least a year. And it sometimes takes the same time to regain the full sensitivity of her breast.


When the procedure goes well and you have thought carefully before making a decision, You will be usually happy to be able to dress as you want, to play sports without being embarrassed… and this despite the scars. However, it may not be in the event of an unsightly scar. Or in case of asymmetry, which can possibly be improved during a retouch. You can also be disappointed if you think your chest is still too big, or on the contrary too small: to avoid this pitfall, you should not hesitate to discuss it with the surgeon, even if it means calling it back before the operation, in order to do the fairest idea possible of the desired result. Also pay attention to the weight loss and weight after the operation, which can change the volume of the breasts.


He has competence in plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgery. He operated on a friend or acquaintance delighted with the result. Unless the current does not pass with it, and you have to know how to trust your intuitions.

He inspires you with confidence, listened and understood what you wanted, a sign that he will also be able to respond and reassure after the operation, including in the event of a complication.