Breast reduction (mammary reduction)

Overly large breasts can be a major burden. Macromastia can develop as early as puberty and, in addition to physical problems, can also affect those affected psychologically.

Patients often suffer from back and neck pain, the bra cutting in and skin irritation. A breast reduction can reduce the size and weight of the breasts and harmonize them with the patient’s figure, immediately eliminating physical discomfort.

Frequently asked questions:

  • How does a breast reduction work?
  • What needs to be considered after breast reduction?
  • Further questions about breast reduction?
  • What do I need to consider before and after the operation?

How does a breast reduction work?

In a personal consultation, we discuss the patient’s individual problems and carry out initial examinations. It is particularly important to me that all questions are answered in detail and that my patients receive all the information they need about the various surgical techniques. We then draw up an individual treatment plan together with the patient. Before a breast reduction, a mammogram or sonogram is required from the age of 40, or earlier if there is a family history of breast cancer. In the case of functionally massively burdening breast oversize with a disfiguring character, I issue a cost approval for the health insurance company.

During the operation, which we perform at the Andreasklinik Clinic, excess glandular tissue is removed without affecting the natural shape of the breast. The removed parts of the gland are sent for histological examination to rule out diseases of the mammary gland. Thanks to our scar-saving surgical technique, scarring can be reduced to a minimum. The ability to breastfeed is also generally not affected. In addition to removing the glandular tissue, the areola is reduced and lifted and the breast skin is tightened.

What needs to be considered after breast reduction?

We recommend at least one overnight stay as an inpatient for breast reductions. Only minor pain is to be expected after the operation, which can be easily treated with medication if necessary. After the wound drains have been removed, a special bra is applied, which must be worn day and night for the next six weeks. The patient should refrain from sport for the first 2-3 weeks. After about 2-3 weeks, the wounds will have healed so that the stitches can be removed. Our patients also receive special scar creams for aftercare.

The final shape of the breast is achieved after 3-4 months, most of the scars are almost invisible after about 6 months.

Any further questions?

If you have any further questions, please arrange a personal consultation at our practice in Cham.

Brief information

OP duration:1.5 to 2 hours
Stay:stationary 1 night
Stitching:14 to 20 days
Socially acceptable:1 to 3 days
Downtime:1 to 2 weeks
3 to 4 weeks for heavy work
Sport:6 weeks no sport

Dr. med. Dorrit Winterholer

Specialist in plastic, aesthetic and reconstructive facial and breast surgery.

  • Over 20 years of experience as a surgeon.
  • Over 12 years of experience as a specialist in plastic and aesthetic medicine.
  • Senior Consultant Plastic Surgery Lucerne since 2021.
Dr. med. Dorrit Winterholer. Breast augmentation with autologous fat.

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