Breast reduction is most frequently an outpatient procedure. You should plan to have a person drive you home and stay with you for the first night. Breast reduction may be performed at an accredited plastic surgeon’s outpatient surgical facility, hospital, or outpatient surgery center. You will receive general anesthesia or IV sedation and local anesthetics for the procedure.
If liposuction is used, the liposuction wand is inserted through several small incisions to loosen and vacuum excess breast tissue and/or fat. Based upon the amount of excess skin and residual elasticity of the skin, a decision for excess skin removal will be considered. The nipple and dark skin surrounding it (areola) may need to be surgically repositioned and possibly reduced in size.
At the end of the procedure, temporary drainage tubes may be inserted to remove excess fluids. The incisions in the skin are closed with stitches, tape, or surgical adhesive. The area is gently wrapped with bandages. Elastic wraps or a support garment will help minimize swelling while you heal.
You will receive medication for post procedure pain and specific instructions for wound care. Your stitches will be removed at one or more follow-up appointment(s). Your doctor will gradually increase your activity level. It may take time for swelling to resolve and several months for incision lines to fade. The results of your procedure are immediately visible and are permanent for many men.