Breast that are excessively large and sagging are the source of various symptoms including:
- back and/or neck pain
- shoulder strap furrows
- hand numbness
- Breathing difficulties
Having large breasts can be particularly challenging for women. Even simple things such as sourcing suitable clothing can be difficult and embarrassing.
Breast reduction surgery starts with incisions around the nipple and under nipple like an inverted T and then moving the nipple/areola to a higher position. An incision is made in the natural fold of the breast, where excess breast tissue is removed. The wound is then closed with sutures that dissolve themselves without having to return to the clinic for removal. Often we use drains to remove any fluid or discharge around the breast. The drain is usually removed the next day.
To get optimal results and avoid complications we recommend you to avoid stress, stay out of the sun, eat healthily, keep your weight within a normal BMI range, exercise regularly, and refrain from alcohol for 2 days prior to surgery and 2 weeks after surgery. Please refrain from smoking for at least 1 week before surgery and a minimum of 2 weeks after surgery as smoking can interfere with the final result.
Downtime following surgery
Heavy physical exercise and strenuous body movement or lifting must not be undertaken for a minimum of 2 weeks following the surgery. You can still move and do normal everyday things the day after surgery. The final results will emerge between 3 to 6 months following surgery. There is very rarely disappointment in the patient’s perception of the success of the surgery.
Where to stay:
If you live some distance from the clinic we recommend that you spend one night in or near Oslo Plastic Surgery Clinic so that our caring staff are on hand to reassure you should any issue arise that will cause you concern. Oslo Plastic Surgery Clinic can highly recommend 2 hotels nearby to our clinic:
Contact us for more information and/or for booking the hotel.
We will require you to come to the clinic for a follow up check. With all surgery this is important as your surgeon needs to see how you are settling.
We do not recommend you fly for 48 hours post surgery. You may feel nauseous and tired in the hours following surgery. It is important to take your painkillers and drink enough fluids.
You may experience dizziness if you get up quickly from a chair or perhaps when you are lying in bed, so be sensible, take it easy and move slowly. This is quite normal following surgery and should pass within a couple of days.
The first 2-5 days following your breast surgery you may feel stiff and sore in the chest region. You will be required to wear a sports bra for approximately 6 weeks after surgery day and night. Your breasts may feel tight and sensitive to the touch and your skin may feel warm or itchy.
Follow ups will be carried out at the clinic/alternatively through phone or video consultation:
1 day after surgery, after 1-2 weeks, after 3-6 months and finally after 1 year when our guarantee to you is completed.
Bleeding and infection are unusual and if they do occur they may need to be treated with a small operation and/or an antibiotic. Asymmetry and thick broad scar formation can occur. If corrections are needed they will be scheduled free of charge within one year after your surgery. Anaesthesia allergy is extremely rare.