In general:

Breast reduction surgery (reduction mammoplasty) can be performed for the treatment of aesthetic concerns such as large and saggy breasts, asymmetry, difficulty in finding clothes, and medical disorders such as shoulder, neck, and back pain due to the weight of the breasts or preventing hunchback. Prevention of rashes, fungal infections, and elimination of pressure sores caused by the weight of the bra straps are among the reasons for the breast reduction operation.

What are the causes of large breasts (hypertrophic breasts, gigantomastia)?

It may be related to genetic factors and/or lifestyle. Breasts can grow or lose their shape over time due to various factors such as breastfeeding, hormonal irregularity, being overweight, pregnancy etc.

What are the important factors in the evaluation before the surgery?

It is very important to have realistic expectations about the results of the operation and to be aware that the results may vary from person to person.

The size of the breasts, the level of the nipples, the structure-texture of the breast skin, and the ratio of the mammary gland to the adipose tissue will all affect the postoperative process, so these factors should be evaluated with the utmost care. While performing the necessary tests before the surgery, mammography and breast ultrasound should also be taken into consideration and carried out if necessary.

What is the general approach to breast reduction operations?

It is an operation that can be completed within 2-3 hours under general anesthesia. The nipple is moved to its new place, excess skin, breast, and adipose tissue are removed with respect to the preoperative markings. Thanks to the vertical mammoplasty method, which has been further developed in recent years, operations with shorter scars have become possible.

Which operations are frequently performed in combined with breast reduction?

It is often combined with tummy tuck or liposuction surgeries. These combinations can provide a better body harmony.

How long is the hospital stay after the surgery?

1 day hospitalization may be required. Same day discharge is also possible in many patients.

Will there be scars after the surgery?

The scars start around the areola-nipple complex and continue up to the breast fold or along the fold in the form of an anchor. The length of the feet of the scar anchor is proportional to the size of the breast. However, these scars usually are hidden in underwear. It takes 6 – 24 months for the scars to become much less obvious.

How often should the check-ups be after the surgery?

After the surgery, a medical bra corset is put on to support the new shapes of the breasts. Usually rest at home and follow-ups on the 3rd and 7th days are recommended. So, patients coming from outside the city and abroad should stay in the city for at least one week.

What is the recovery process like after the surgery?

It is normal to have varying degrees of pain, swelling and bruising during the first days of the surgery, which differs from person to person. The swelling starts to relieve after the 4th day.

How long should it be waited for the breast tissue to take its final shape after the surgery?

The process is at least 3, ideally 6 months. At the end of this period, shape, symmetry, and scar evaluation is more accurate.

How long should the medical bra be used after breast (breast) reduction surgery?

The duration may vary from patient to patient, and the general tendency is to continue using a medical bra for 1-1.5 months.

What are the risks of the surgery?

It should be kept in mind that every surgical intervention carries a risk. Infection, bleeding, fat necrosis, asymmetry, wound healing problems, seroma are rare and among the possible complications.  

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Operation costs:

As in all other operations, the operation cost varies according to the qualities of the hospital where the surgery is performed and the experience of the team.


Our operations are performed by double board certified Prof. Dr. Ömer Refik Özerdem under sterile conditions in hospitals with full-fledged operating rooms.

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