Having a breast reduction and lift. My surgeon is taking 500 gm from each breast. How long will I be under general anesthetic?

I am having a breast reduction and lift. My surgeon is taking 500 gm from each breast. How long will I be "under"

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How long does a breast reduction take?

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You should ask your surgeon what he/she estimates your surgery time will be. The time for the operation varies from surgeon to surgeon. For example, on average it takes me about 3 to 31/2 hours. Good luck to you. For more information on this and similar topics, I recommend a plastic surgery Q&A book like "The Scoop On Breasts: A Plastic Surgeon Busts the Myths."


Philadelphia Plastic Surgeon
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Having a breast reduction and lift. My surgeon is taking 500 gm from each breast. How long will I be under general anesthetic?

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Congratulations on your decision to proceed with breast reduction surgery; this operation tends to be one of the most patient pleasing operations we perform. Your plastic surgeon, will be your best resource when it comes to specific/relevant information in this regard. Duration of surgery will vary;  average range is probably 2.5 to 4 hours. Best wishes for an outcome that you will be very pleased with.

Breast reduction lift

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Most surgeons will perform this procedure in 2-4 hours depending upon the complexity and assistance available to help close the incisions.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Breast reduction -- how long will it take.

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Surgeons operate at different speeds so i can't help you too much. In my own practice the average 500 G breast reduction will take about 2 1/2 hours plus or minus  1/2 hour. When my own patients ask me this question I tell them this average, but I also tell them I will take as long as I need to be happy with the result. Hopefully your PS will tell you the same.

Good luck with your surgery.

Adam Tattelbaum, MD
Washington DC Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 115 reviews

Length of Breast Reduction Surgery

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The technique used, and the type of surgical assistance your surgeon has as well as your particular anatomical factors will determine the length of your surgery. A breast reduction will usually involve s general anesthetic of one and a half to two and a half hours. 

It is very safe and patients are very satisfied with the results. 

Good luck 


Atul Kesarwani, MD, FRCSC
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Breast reduction

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About 2 hours give or take.  This depends on a few factors that are dependent on your anatomy.  You will enjoy your transformation.  Breast reduction is a very satisfying procedure for women who deal with all the issues from large breasts.  good luck. hope this helps.

Dr V

Bhupesh Vasisht, MD
Voorhees Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 94 reviews

Having a breast reduction and lift. My surgeon is taking 500 gm from each breast. How long will I be under general anesthetic?

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Thank you for your question.  This is something you should ask your surgeon.  The time to do a breast reduction can vary depending upon the technique used, if one has a surgical assistant and the amount of tissue to be removed.  In my practice it can range from 1.5-2.5 hours.  Best of luck to you.

David J. Wages, MD
Peabody Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

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