Breast reduction surgery includes a size reduction as well as a nipple and skin lift. This may be insured for symptom
reduction depending on the findings from your plastic surgeon.
The following are NOT insured and are considered cosmetic surgery:
breast size reduction for cosmetic purposes
breast lift only, without making the breasts smaller (“mastopexy”)
liposuction to remove extra fat
breast and nipple shaping
Who Can Have a Breast Reduction?
If you have heavy breasts that are causing problems with pain, skin rashes, and infection, breast reduction will help.
Any patient who is healthy enough to be at low risk for general anesthesia can have the surgery.
If applicable, this surgery may be insured. Each case is reviewed by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for
eligibility. This can be discussed in your personal consultation with your plastic surgeon.
The surgery is a combination of a breast size reduction and skin lift if needed. The skin is lifted, the extra breast tissue
removed, and reclosed around the nipple. The nipple stays attached to your breast. Any breast tissue removed is
sent for testing to make sure there is no serious disease.
The scars will depend on how much skin needs to be removed. The vertical pattern scar (or “lollipop” scar) is useful
for patients whose breasts have not dropped significantly, or only require a small size reduction. The Wise pattern
scar (or “anchor” scar) is useful to tighten the lower skin in breasts that have dropped significantly.
Breast reduction is a “day surgery” meaning you will go home the same day of the surgery. The surgery generally
lasts between 2-3 hours. You may need some tests before surgery. The surgeon will meet you before your surgery to
draw marks to guide the surgery. The anesthesiologist will meet you to discuss the safety of your surgery.
Recovery After Surgery
When you wake up you will have tapes and gauze pads over the breasts. A surgical bra or tensor wrap is placed
over the breasts to give extra support. Usually 2-4 weeks are needed to recover. You can return to work sooner if
you feel well enough. Your surgeon will see you during the recovery period to ensure you are healing and start scar