Breast reduction techniques are the basis of oncoplastic surgery. Although I don’t carry out purely plastic surgery, I have gained extensive experience in reduction surgery over the last 25 years. I operate reduction surgeries for pathological breast hypertrophies (resecting at least 300 g per breast), as well as opposite breast symmetrization surgeries as part of breast reconstructions.
Over the years, I have developed a personal breast reduction technique using superior pedicle. It is based on the principles of Lejour’s technique (breast reduction by pure vertical scar) regarding the design and the use of liposuction, as well as the reduction principles of Lalardrie. It is extremely reliable, with a very low complication rate and perfectly adapted to oncoplastic. This is a rigorous, reproducible technique, which I can methodically teach to surgeons who come for an oncoplastic training. It is suitable for all kinds of breasts whatever their consistency (fat or glandular) or their volume.
This surgery is not painful at all. It includes a hospital stay of 2 to 4 days depending on the case, with a prescription for daily nursing care after returning home. Showers are permitted after the drains are removed (5th to 8th post-operative day according to the case). The few non-absorbable sutures are removed during the check-up consultation, two weeks after the operation. The postoperative swelling subsides within one to two months. The scar is usually most apparent after 2 months and wears off between 6 months and one year. The final shape is obtained at this time.
There is a risk of hypertrophic scarring in about 5% of cases. The scar can then take longer and sometimes several years to evolve and disappear. The patient will remain satisfied as long as she was notified of this risk and since the surgery brought her an important functional comfort.
This healing process can be suspected more often for young patients, patients with poor wound healing and more particularly for patients of black skin.
1-Gigantomastia resecting more than 2kg of breast tissue
2-Substantial reductions between 1 and 2 kg of breast tissue
3-Moderate reductions between 600g and 1 kg of breast tissue