Breast Reduction Procedure: The Full Journey – What, How, Who?


1. Consultation and planning for breast reduction

During your first-time visit to Amwaj Polyclinic, you will meet with our Plastic Surgeon Expert who is dedicated to answer all your questions related to breast reduction. This is a great moment to air any concerns and manage your expectations. The most important thing for us is that you feel safe and have full confidence in the procedure before moving forward.

During the consultation, you will also see before and after images & results of similar procedures that have been done here at Amwaj Polyclinic.

2. Preparations for breast reduction

The most important preparation is a thorough review of your expectations and that you get to ask all the questions you have.

Before the operation, you meet a doctor and together you do a thorough review, look at photos, discuss conditions and expectations of the end result, etc.

We will examine your general state of health and jointly determine which breast surgery is best for you, based on the design of your own breasts and your aesthetic preferences. We will also discuss the factors that affect the operation such as:

  • Age
  • Initial position (breast size and shape)
  • Skin condition.

We will also discuss the possible movement of the areola and nipple. Normally, it is moved higher up on the chest in connection with the procedure.

You will get a thorough review of anaesthesia and preparations for surgery in several rounds, both verbally and in writing. The day before the operation, we have telephone contact for a final review of what is to happen on the day of the operation.


3. The breast reduction procedure & surgery

The method used for breast reduction is determined by your anatomy, what changes are possible and our surgeon’s recommendation.

Breast reduction is performed under anaesthesia and local anaesthesia and normally takes 2-4 hours to complete.

There are a number of different surgical methods, but normally the surgeon makes an anchor-shaped incision around the nipple, down over the middle of the breast and then further in the natural fold under the breast. Then the excess mammary gland tissue, fat and skin are removed, whereupon the areola with the nipple is shaped to the desired appearance and anchored to its new place on the breast.

4. Downtime after a breast reduction & Care

What you should avoid some time after the procedure, is individually and decided from case to case. You will receive detailed instructions on how to return to your regular activities.

Most patients return to work, if it is not too physically strenuous, and regular social activities after about two weeks.

You can shower and wash with mild soap and water daily. After 6-8 days, you will receive a return visit where the tape will be removed from the surgical incisions. New tape should be on the cuts for a week and then replaced every week until the cuts have faded.

You will receive individual care instructions at the return visit.


5. Risks & Side Effects with Breast Reduction / Breast Reduction

A breast reduction is considered relatively risk-free as long as the operation is performed by a highly qualified surgeon.

However, there are risks with breast reductions, just like with all other surgeries. Bleeding can occur because infection is very rare.

The breast reduction surgery initially leaves visible scars around the nipple, vertically across the breast from the nipple and in the crease below the breast. However, these fade over time, and usually do not become cosmetically disturbing.

The risk of complications is significantly reduced if you carefully follow the instructions and advice you receive both in writing and verbally at the clinic.


For any follow-up questions to our article or in case, you have any concerns – schedule a consultation today with the Amwaj Polyclinic award-winning team.

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