Breast reduction is a surgical procedure that reduces breast volume and corrects the droopiness of large, ptotic (sagging) breasts. Women with large, heavy breasts often complain of orthopaedic problems, such as back, neck, and shoulder pain caused by excessive breast weight. They can also cause poor posture and interfere with daily physical activities and sports. Sometimes patients also struggle with skin problems in the submammary folds. Breast reduction can achieve smaller, better-shaped breasts that harmonize with the overall proportions of the body. This surgery can be life-altering for patients. With heavy breasts no longer weighing them down, women feel they have been given a new life.
If you want relief, take control of your comfort and restore confidence with breast reduction surgery with Dr. Dalia Tobbia. Dr. Dalia is a plastic, aesthetic, and reconstructive surgeon with expertise in breast surgery, microsurgery, super microsurgery, and lymphatic surgery. We ensure that every breast reduction experience at Klosterstern Plastic Surgery is comfortable and life-changing. You will receive focused attention and support from your initial consultation through the weeks following your surgery. We will make sure your reduction mammaplasty is wholly a positive experience! If you have any questions about breast reduction surgery, we invite you to call and schedule a private consultation today. Call +49 (0) 40 46 091 076 or fill out our online inquiry form.
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The Klosterstern Plastic Surgery blog features information on life-changing procedures and techniques Dr. Dalia employs to serve her patients in Hamburg and beyond.
- 1 Before and After Photos
- 2 About Breast Reduction
- 3 Personal Consultation
- 4 Preparation
- 5 The Procedure & Surgical Method
- 6 Post-Operative Care
- 7 The Results of Breast Reduction in Germany
- 8 FAQ
- 9 References
Before and After Photos
About Breast Reduction
Breast reduction, also known as reduction mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure that reduces the size and reshapes the breasts; this procedure is typically recommended for women with large, heavy breasts that cause physical discomfort, such as neck and back pain, as well as emotional distress. The goal of breast reduction is to alleviate these symptoms and improve the overall shape and proportion of the breasts. Breast reduction surgery will allow patients to fit into the latest fashions and move more easily throughout their day.
Dr. Dalia Tobbia tailors every breast reduction surgery to her patients’ unique physical needs and goals. Breast reduction surgery is commonly performed in two to four hours, during which breast tissue, fat, and skin are removed and repositioned. Recovery time for breast reduction varies, but patients can expect some swelling, bruising, and discomfort for the first few weeks.
Breast reduction surgery can impact breastfeeding and leave minimal scarring in the breast area. Still, most women are very satisfied with the results of the procedure and the relief of the symptoms they experienced before the surgery.
How Much Breast Tissue Can a Breast Reduction Remove?
The amount of breast reduction achieved during a breast reduction procedure will depend on various factors, including the patient’s anatomy, overall health, and desired breast size.
Generally, it is typical to reduce breast volume by around 50-70%.  Still, the exact amount will depend on the patient’s needs and goals and Dr. Dalia’s recommendation; she will be happy to estimate the anticipated breast reduction volume during the consultation.
Breast reduction surgery is not a weight loss surgery and is not designed to remove large amounts of breast tissue. The goal of breast reduction is to improve the shape, size, and position of the breast, alleviate symptoms caused by large breasts, and improve the patient’s quality of life. Patients should have realistic expectations and understand that there are limits to how much reduction is possible without compromising the overall aesthetics and function
of the breast. A good surgeon will work with you to understand your goals and concerns and will make a plan that will be safe and will give you the best result possible. Call +49 (0) 40 46 091 076 to schedule your appointment for a consultation today.
What are the Benefits of Breast Reduction in Hamburg?
Women who receive breast reductions report the following benefits:
- Restored physical comfort. Larger breasts can put weight on a woman’s skeletal structure and muscular frame. The breasts can also create friction against the body, adding to the patient’s discomfort. Some women even experience difficulty breathing. Breast reduction surgery alleviates this discomfort.
- Restored physical mobility. Patients will have an easier time running, jumping, sleeping, and lifting after complete recovery.
- Comfortable, safe procedure. Dr. Dalia employs the most advanced surgical methods to improve patient outcomes and create a comfortable recovery experience.
- Long-term improvement to your body.
- Easier time fitting into clothing.
- Restored confidence and pride in personal appearance.
The Benefits of Breast Reduction on Back Pain
One clinical study examined 30 patients who had surgery to make their breasts smaller. Before and after the surgery, doctors took pictures of their backs and measured how straight their backs were. They then compared the pictures to see if the surgery helped their back straighten. They also looked at whether the person’s age, weight, or how much tissue was removed during surgery affected the results.
The study found that the surgery helped people’s backs straighten more, reducing back pain prevalence.  They also found that the more weight a person had and the more tissue removed during surgery, the better their back straightened. Furthermore, the patient’s age did not affect the study’s outcome.
Candidates for breast reduction surgery are those in overall good health and free of any medical conditions that could interfere with their body’s ability to heal. If the size of your breasts makes it difficult for you to exercise, get comfortable, or even breathe, you are a good candidate for breast reduction.
Patients are invited to call Klosterstern Plastic Surgery to learn more about how breast reduction can restore their quality of life today, especially if their large breasts are causing:
- Back pain
- Difficulty sleeping
- Difficulty moving
- Trouble getting comfortable
- Other negative effects
Good candidates are those who are open to the outcomes of a breast reduction procedure and who have realistic expectations. Dr. Dalia takes care during every patient consultation to ensure candidates feel well-informed and comfortable before making any decisions about their surgery. Schedule your consultation today!
Before moving forward, you will first meet with Dr. Dalia. She will listen to your concerns and goals, perform a breast examination, and talk to you about the different options for surgery. We will take pictures and use drawings to explain the surgery to you. She might also recommend having an ultrasound, mammogram, or a special x-ray before the surgery.
The most important thing is to ensure you understand what the surgery can do for you and the associated risks. Dr. Dalia will also help you figure out what size and shape you want your breasts to be after the surgery. We recommend you bring in reference photos to help create the ideal treatment plan and outcome.
Patients will be asked to discontinue smoking for at least three weeks before and after their surgery. Dr. Dalia may recommend tests and stopping or starting medication, and she will provide steps to ensure a comfortable recovery at home. Patients will need someone to drive them home after surgery and stay with them for 24 hours.
The Procedure & Surgical Method
During a breast reduction at Klosterstern Plastic Surgery, the patient is comfortable with general anesthesia administered in our cutting-edge surgical facility. We employ the most up-to-date concepts in our surgical techniques. Dr. Dalia will artfully remove excess tissue and lift the breasts into a more comfortable, youthful shape. The technique applied is based on each patient’s parameters and anatomical characteristics.
Fat, glandular tissue, and excess skin are removed from the breasts during this surgery. After this, the breast is re-shaped and positioned higher, giving lifted and more shapely breasts. The nipples are also adjusted, making their size and position proportional and flattering.
Your breasts will be swollen and might be bruised after the surgery. But the swelling and bruising will go away over the next few weeks, and you will be able to see your new shape.
After the surgery, we suggest wearing a special bra that supports your breasts for 4-6 weeks. Sometimes, doctors put in tubes called drains to help your body heal. These drains are usually removed 1-3 days after the surgery. Moving around as soon as possible after the surgery is good, but you should avoid doing hard things like heavy lifting or sports for 4-6 weeks.
It’s important to remember that breast reduction surgery can make breastfeeding harder, and you might have reduced feeling in your nipples. Although scars will fade with time, breast reductions can result in visible scars on the lower pole of the breasts. However, they are easily concealed by clothing and undergarments or bikini tops, and most women find the trade-off well worth it. Unlike other breast enhancement procedures, this surgery won’t affect your routine breast cancer screenings.
The Results of Breast Reduction in Germany
As post-procedure swelling subsides, patients can see and enjoy their breasts’ new shape and size. The breasts will have less volume and a more flattering shape and sit at a higher, more youthful position on the chest. Scarring will continue to fade over the months following the breast reduction.
Most people are very happy after breast reduction surgery. They feel better because their breasts are not as heavy or droopy anymore. They can do things like exercise and daily activities more easily and don’t have as much pain in their shoulders and neck.
Breast reduction has helped thousands of women reclaim their confidence and their bodies. If you are interested in learning more about how breast reduction surgery can improve your quality of life, call Klosterstern Plastic Surgery to schedule your private consultation with Dr. Dalia today.
What is the Cost of Breast Reduction in Hamburg?
The cost of your procedure will depend on certain factors that Dr. Dalia and her team will cover during the consultation appointment. To learn how breast reduction, call +49 (0) 40 46 091 076 today. Patients can fill out our contact form, and we will return your call shortly.
How long do I need to take off work for a breast reduction?
Recovery time after a breast reduction surgery varies for each person. It depends on different factors, such as the type of surgery, how healthy you are, and how fast you heal. It’s hard to say exactly how long it will take for you to recover.
If you have a job requiring a lot of heavy lifting, you’ll need more time off work than someone with a less physical job. If your job is mostly sitting down and not very demanding, you’ll need 1-2 weeks off. But if your job is very demanding, you might need 4-6 weeks off.
It’s important to remember that recovery times can vary, and it’s always better to talk to your surgeon about your specific case and when it would be safe to return to work.
Is breast reduction surgery painful?
Patients experience no pain during their breast reduction. You will be comfortable with general anesthesia and receive the safest, most advanced surgical methods. Dr. Dalia Tobbia performs every procedure with patient comfort in mind. She and her team will ensure you are set up for and experiencing your most comfortable recovery possible every step of the way.
Is breast reduction surgery safe?
Breast reduction surgery, when performed by a board-certified surgeon at a cutting-edge facility like Klosterstern Plastic Surgery, is completely safe. Dr. Dalia Tobbia will assess your physical and medical history during your private consultation to confirm your candidacy for breast reduction. The procedure’s only “side effects” are bruising and swelling, which will subside over the weeks following the breast reduction. Dr. Dalia Tobbia takes great care to preserve nipple function and sensation as much as possible. A breast reduction can make it more difficult to breastfeed, but it will not impede this ability. Following your surgery, Dr. Dalia Tobbia and her team will make sure you are set up for a healthy recovery.
What happens during a breast reduction?
Every breast reduction at Klosterstern Plastic Surgery is performed to achieve the desired, ideal result. The details of a patient’s breast reduction will vary based on their physique, goals, and Dr. Dalia’s recommendations. During a breast reduction procedure, excess glandular and fatty tissue is removed to reduce weight and sculpt a smaller, more proportionate shape. Incisions are typically made around the areola, below the areola, and along the inframammary crease. There are several different techniques used, but the goal is to reduce the breast mound, secure it higher on the chest, and remove excess skin so that once the incisions are closed, the breast sits above the inframammary crease. Tissues are also often removed from above the areola as well, so that the nipple-areolar complex is relocated to the fullest part of the projecting breast once the incisions are closed, achieving additional lift and an ideal appearance. Patients will be kept comfortable during their breast reduction with general anesthesia.
How long is breast reduction surgery?
A breast reduction surgery takes two to four hours to perform depending on the size of the breasts.
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