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For those women who feel self-conscious with large breasts- breast reduction surgery is a transformative procedure that gives them more proportionate and balanced breasts.

In this blog, we will discuss the best practices for breast reduction surgery in 2023 and explore factors that surgeons consider to determine which technique is most suitable.

What is Breast Reduction Surgery?

Breast reduction surgery is a phenomenal procedure to remove excess breast tissue, fat, and skin to create a more balanced and comfortable breast size.

Additionally, breast reduction surgery can be combined with a breast lift.

This approach not only reduces breast size but also addresses breast sagging. The surgeon accomplishes this by repositioning the nipple-areola complex and reshaping the remaining breast tissue. Breast reduction surgeries are done with various techniques.

Key Breast Reduction Techniques

  1. Anchor Technique:

 The anchor or wise pattern technique remains the most popular and versatile approach to breast reduction. It involves incisions around the areola, vertically along the breast, and along the inframammary fold. 

These incisions allow the surgeon to sculpt the breast, lift the nipple-areola complex, and remove excess breast tissue. 

The resulting scar resembles an anchor, with three lines: one encircling the areola, one vertical, and one horizontal along the fold. This technique is suitable for those with significant breast volume reduction and sagging.

  1. Vertical or Lollipop Technique

Ideal for individuals with intermediate breast volume and sagging, the vertical or lollipop technique offers an alternative to the anchor method. Vertical incisions are made from the areola down to the inframammary fold, eliminating the horizontal scar along the fold. This approach is recommended for the removal of excess breast tissue, breast contouring, and nipple-areola complex elevation.

  1. Periareolar Technique: 

The periareolar or donut method is suitable for those with modest to moderate breast volume loss. It involves creating an incision encircling the areola, leaving a scar around it. This technique offers an advantage over anchor and vertical methods, as it leaves less conspicuous scars. 

It is best suited for individuals with minimal sagging and minimal breast tissue removal needs. By contouring the breast and adjusting the nipple-areola complex, the periareolar technique provides a more proportionate breast appearance.

  1. Liposuction-Assisted Breast Reduction:

Liposuction-assisted breast reduction primarily targets excess breast fat rather than glandular tissue. It’s a suitable option for individuals with minor sagging, good skin elasticity, and predominantly fatty breasts. 

This method involves small incisions and the insertion of a thin, hollow tube (cannula) to remove excess fat. Compared to other techniques, liposuction-assisted breast reduction results in fewer and smaller scars. However, it may not be suitable for those with significant sagging or abundant glandular tissue.

Factors Considered by Surgeons in Choosing a Breast Reduction Technique

Dr Faisal will examine your breast and recommend the most suitable technique based on the following factors or criteria.

  • Unique goals and recovery timing are key considerations for breast reduction surgery. 
  • The volume of breast reduction. In some complex cases where significant volume loss is demanded, the incision may be deeper and longer.
  • Achieving proportionate breasts to the patient’s body is emphasised in modern procedures.
  • Postoperative care and follow-ups that patients can follow for comfortable results.
  • Minimising scars is a priority. Dr Faisal, being an experienced expert in this aspect, prioritises the incision method that causes minimal scarring.
  • Refine techniques, such as the internal bra technique, for better outcomes.
  • Surgical drains are used sparingly to minimise patient discomfort.
  • Liposuction with breast reduction may be an option for precise results.
  • Preserving nipple sensitivity and breastfeeding functions is a goal of advanced techniques.

Breast Reduction Surgery Recovery Timeline


Recovery Timeline Milestones: What to expect after breast reduction surgery?


1-3 Days Post-Surgery
  • Wear sterile dressings and a surgical bra
  • Swelling and discomfort
  • Fatigue and drowsiness
  • Shower after 48 hours
  • Follow post-op instructions
  • Assistance for bathing and bandage changes
1-2 Weeks Post-Surgery
  • Continued tiredness
  • Light walks
  • Swelling subsides
  • Bruising persists 
  • You can start scar healing treatments
  • Be cautious with movement
2-4 Weeks Post-Surgery
  • Return to most normal activities
  • Itching as incisions heal
  • Reduced swelling
  • May wear a soft bra without underwire (only when advised)
  • Clearance for daily activities
4-6 Weeks Post-Surgery
  • Full energy return
  • Dissolvable stitches gone
  • Resume exercise
  • Improved comfort and chest strength


FAQ’s Relating To Breast Reduction Surgery


Q1. Is breast reduction surgery safe?

Breast reduction surgery is generally safe when performed by a qualified and experienced surgeon. However, like any surgical procedure, the surgery carries some risks, including infection, scarring, and changes in nipple sensation. Consult Dr Faisal to discuss your specific case and assess the safety.

Q2. How much time will it take for breast reduction surgery?

The duration of breast reduction surgery varies from individual to individual, depending on the complexity of the procedure and the surgeon’s technique. On an average, it can take anywhere from 2 to 4 hours. Dr Faisal will discuss surgery plans with you in advance and suggest accurate estimates during your consultation.

Q3. How old do you have to be to get breast reduction surgery?

The age requirement for breast reduction surgery can vary by location and surgeon, but generally, patients should be at least 18 years old. However, some exceptions may be made for younger individuals with specific medical or psychological reasons for the surgery. Check your eligibility and discuss age-related requirements in your area.

Q4. What do breast reduction scars look like? 

A: Breast reduction scars vary in size and colour, typically appearing as lighter or darker lines compared to your natural skin tone. They can range in shades from pink, red, purple, and grey to dark brown.

Q5: How can I speed up my breast reduction recovery?

A: To enhance your recovery, consider these tips:

  • Have a trusted helper with you for the first 24-48 hours.
  • Prioritise rest and sleep.
  • Avoid heavy lifting, especially overhead, for 3-4 weeks.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
  • Avoid inflammatory foods high in salt or sugar.
  • Refrain from using hydrogen peroxide or alcohol on incisions.
  • Begin gentle movement, like walking, as soon as possible.

Breast reduction surgery in 2023 incorporates advanced techniques and patient-centred approaches to achieve not only physical comfort but also emotional well-being. By staying informed about the latest breast reduction surgery trends and consulting with experienced plastic surgeons like Dr Faisal Salim, individuals can make well-informed decisions about breast reduction surgery. 

Remember, the key to a successful breast reduction procedure lies in careful consideration of your unique needs and goals, along with the guidance of a skilled and compassionate surgeon like Dr Faisal Salim.

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