Questions & Answers

What can breast reduction do for me?

Every woman who considers having a breast reduction has her own personal reasons. Most common of these is to simply feel better about themselves and stimulate a renewed sense of femininity and personal satisfaction. The symptoms related to having large breasts are often difficult to cope with on a long term basis. As such, many seek breast reduction to simply remove the excessive weight from their anterior chest area.

How are the breasts reduced?

Breast reduction is tailored to suit the needs of each patient. In most cases, the nipples are raised to a more youthful position on the breast and excess breast skin and tissue are removed. All incisions are closed with sutures that are buried, dissolve by themselves and are not visible to the patient. Patients leave for home with only a light dressing in place that Dr. Zelt will remove on the first postoperative visit a few days later.

Where is the procedure performed?

Breast reduction procedures are performed in the hospital setting on an outpatient basis. Currently we offer breast reduction at Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur de Montréal, St Mary's Hospital and at the RocklandMD Surgical facility through Sacré-Cœur.

How long does the procedure take?

In most cases, this procedure takes from 1.5 to 2 hours.

What kind of anesthesia will be required?

General anesthesia is the preferred method of anesthesia.

What will my breasts look like after surgery?

Following breast reduction, many patients will notice their breasts are slightly higher and downward pointing then expected. This is normal and they will fall into a more normal position and transform into the desired pleasing form in the weeks following surgery.

When can I resume my normal activities?

Most patients can return to light activity and work within a few days following surgery. Return to normal physical activity, including sports, is permitted after 4 weeks.

Are there any risks to breast reduction?

Generally, breast reduction is a very safe and reliable procedure. During your office consultation, Dr. Zelt will discuss with you the associated risks and complications. Fortunately, most are very uncommon and the vast majority of patients enjoy an uneventful surgery and recovery period.

Will my breast tissue grow back making another breast reduction necessary in the future?

While can happen in exceptional cases, most patients do not require a secondary breast reduction procedure.

If your questions have not been answered on this page, please contact our office for further assistance.

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