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Breast Reduction

Information on Breast Reduction Surgery in Canada



Approximate Cost

Varies, can be covered by health plans…contact your GP


1-2 weeks


Breast Reduction Surgeons


Possible Complications

(The following is general information: Consult with your plastic surgeon for more detailed complication risks – specific to your body, current health and exact chosen procedure)

Bruising and numbness is common

rare risk of:
infection, assymetry, permanent numbness, raised scarring

Breast Reduction in Canada

A breast reduction is an operation that is used to reshape, lift, and reduce the size of breasts. Most women seeking this operation have neck pain, back pain, and shoulder painand also have rashes under their breasts. There are many different types of reductions available with different scar patterns. These should be discussed thoroughly with a plastic surgeon prior to choosing the appropriate operation for you. Liposuction can also be used during breast reduction to help improve the shape and appearance of the final result.

Techniques vary, but the most common procedure involves an anchor-shaped incision and stitches are usually placed around the areola, in a vertical line extending downwards from the nipple area, and along the lower crease of the breast. The surgeon will remove excess glandular tissue, fat and then trim the skin and moves the areola and nipple into its new position. The nipple remains attached to the blood vessels and nerves, except in cases where the breasts are very large and the nipples and areola are completely removed and grafted into a higher position.

There are techniques that eliminate the vertical part of the scar and occasionally, when only fat needs to be removed, liposuction alone can reduce breast size, leaving minimal scars.

The surgery is usually done on an outpatient basis. You will feel discomfort, but any pain can be controlled with medication. You can expect your chest to be bruised, swollen and ache and this can last for a few weeks.

The results of a breast reduction are instantaneous but the final result will not be seen until swelling has reduced.Your surgeon will give you specific recovery instructions but usually you will be asked to rest for the first week. You will probably be instructed not to participate in strenuous activities for 2 – 4 weeks.