Breast Reduction

Breast reduction (mammoplasty) is a complex procedure that achieves good results in the hands of an experienced plastic surgeon.

Large breasts can lead to health problems such as back and neck pain and spinal problems. Bra straps can leave furrows in the skin. Breast reduction surgery can reduce the size of the breasts and lift them. At the same time, the areola can be reduced in size and repositioned. The necessary incisions depend on the shape of the breast and the condition of the skin. We will discuss which incisions are the most suitable in a consultation.



The breast reduction is performed under a short general anaesthesia. After the excess tissue has been removed, the nipples are moved to their new position; usually the areola is reduced in size. If necessary, small tubes (drains) are placed to drain the wound water. Finally, the breasts are bandaged to minimize swelling.

After Surgery

The breast is tense and painful for several days. A special bra supports the healing. The stitches dissolve themselves. The scars are initially firm and slightly reddened. Light activities can, however, be resumed after a few days. The swelling can last 4 to 8 weeks. During this time the breasts are often sensitive to touch. After about 3 months the breasts have reached their final shape and size. After about 6 months, the scars fade.


Acute complications are extremely rare. However, as with any surgical procedure, there are certain risks, such as bleeding, infection or wound healing disorders. Sometimes there is hypersensitivity or numbness of the nipples, which usually normalizes over time, but may be permanent in a few patients. The ability to breastfeed may occasionally be impaired. We will discuss the exact risks in detail during the consultation.


We will discuss the costs in a personal consultation.







Please make a consultation appointment in advance. Appointments can be made by telephone, online or e-mail contact.

Prof. Dr. med. Hisham Fansa, MBA
Facharzt für Plastische, Rekonstruktive
und Ästhetische Chirurgie (FMH)
Head of Plastic Surgery

Spital Zollikerberg
Trichtenhauserstrasse 20
CH-8125 Zollikerberg