Breast Reduction


Breast reduction’s goal is to correct the size of breast deemed to substantial. Mammary hypertrophy is sometimes responsible of back pain, mycosis as well as psychological discomfort. The French “sécurité sociale” can sometimes take care of part  of the expenses.

Surgical technique

The procedure is done under general anesthesia.

The incision is peri-areolar and extended as an inversed T. During the same procedure a breast lift is  carried out since breast hypertrophy is almost always associated with breast ptosis .The quantity of mammary gland excised is decided during the procedure so that the final size of the breasts matches what was decided with the patient  during the preoperative consultation.

A contention dressing is put in place at the end of the operation.

Postoperative care

Usually  a 24 to 48 hour stay is  sufficient and the return back home is possible after the drains are taken out .
The postoperative days are characterized by a tension sensation . The medical treatment  started during your stay in the clinic is continued and contributes to limit these inconveniences. It is asked to avoid carrying heavy weights.

You are seen a few days later in consultation. T he dressing is taken of and a contention bra is to be weared night and day for a month.  After one month you have a good idea of the result. Massages help through this stage.

The sutures are resorbable and it is not necessary to take them off.
It is recommended to stop working seven to twenty days.

Before taking up sport again a delay of one to two months is to be considered.
You are then seen regularly in consultation. It is important to know that the breast volume is rapidly obtained, the permanent result is takes a while: In the beginning the breasts are tense and become softer progressively.

It is important to understand that scar incisions take a while to become the same color as the skin.

To conclude

The result is very satisfying as one can know wear normal bras, take up sport again without discomfort… and regain self-confidence.
Breast reduction in Bordeaux by Dr. Reau cosmetic surgeon