Breast reduction operations relieve the discomfort of very large, heavy breasts. The procedure takes place under general anaesthesia and involves a short hospital stay. During the operation, some skin and breast tissue are removed, and the breast is reshaped. The nipple and areola (the dark area around the nipple) may be moved up and made smaller. After surgery, your breasts will be smaller and firmer. The scarring is usually minimal and is mostly hidden under the breast. However, sensation in the nipple will be reduced, and breast-feeding will not be possible.
A substantial area of skin and tissue is removed from the lower part of the breast. The nipple and areola are retained, along with the blood vessels and some of the nerves that supply the area.
The nipple and areola are repositioned higher up, and the V-shaped part of the incision is sewn together below it. The remaining skin edges are rejoined under the breast and are not visible.
From the 2010 revision of the Complete Home Medical Guide © Dorling Kindersley Limited.