For many Winnipeg women, the large size of their breasts can be both a physical and psychological burden. Very large breasts can cause chronic back, shoulder and neck pain leading to decreased mobility and quality of life. Many women with large breasts suffer from profound social stigmatization that is emotionally difficult to endure. Breast Reduction surgery, or Reduction Mammoplasty, seeks to relieve these symptoms through the removal of excess breast tissue.
Breast reduction surgery is usually fully covered by Manitoba Health. Our surgeons will discuss the process to receive Manitoba Health approval during the initial evaluation.
How its done?
There are a variety of breast reduction techniques. One technique involves incisions in the skin, surgical removal of the unwanted tissue, repositioning of the nipple, and suturing of the wound, resulting in an “anchor scar.” Another technique utilizes two incisions: one hidden in the natural line around the areola and another small vertical incision extending from the areola to the fold of the breast. With this latter technique, excess breast tissue is removed with liposuction. Our plastic surgeons will work with you to decide which technique is appropriate for your needs.
The procedure often takes between 1-2 hours to complete and is usually performed under a general anesthetic.
Why choose us?
Breast reductions are frequently requested surgical procedures. At the WSC, our board-certified plastic surgeons have years of experience and excellence in this highly personal procedure. Our team of anesthesiologists, nurses and caregivers are devoted to providing you with the highest level of care. We do our best to keep you informed, put you at ease and provide you with a satisfying experience. Together, we can help you achieve your goals!
Am I a candidate?
For patients with symptoms relating to hypermastia, breast reduction is usually partially-insured by Manitoba Health. If you are in good general health and have specific but realistic goals for the improvement of your appearance, there is no defined age limit for this procedure.
The recovery time for each patient following their breast reduction can vary based upon the amount of tissue removed. Performed as an outpatient procedure, most patients experience minimal discomfort easily controlled with oral medication. You will likely experience some bruising and swelling after surgery, as well as numbness around the areola. For a few weeks after surgery, you will be asked to wear a type of compression garment that will help reduce swelling and provide support as you heal. Most patients are back to work within one week but should avoid strenuous exercise and heavy lifting for 3 weeks.
Detailed pre- and post-operative instructions will be provided at the WSC.
What do I do?
Our goal is to provide you with the information required to ease the decision-making process.
We strongly encourage you to research the operation thoroughly. Here are some useful links to help you: