A breast reduction or reduction mammoplasty is a cosmetic procedure that
reduces the size of the breasts by removing access fat, tissue and skin.
The best candidates for breast reduction surgery are women who have very
large breasts and suffer from back, neck and shoulder pain. Also, women
who have difficulty exercising or breathing can benefit from a breast
reduction. Even women who have uneven breasts, have trouble fitting into
clothes or are just unhappy with the size of their breasts will benefit
from breast reduction.
Prior to Surgery
The most important step with any cosmetic surgery is the one on one consultation
with your doctor. This is the time to discuss expectations, goals or any
concerns that you might have. Together you and your surgeon can make decisions
based on your individual needs. For breast reduction surgery, your doctor
may require that you have a mammogram prior to the procedure.
Breast reduction is typically outpatient surgery and general anesthesia
is used. The surgery takes approximately two to three hours. An incision
is made from the nipple down to the bottom of the breast and along the
fold underneath the breast. This is called a “T” or “anchor”
incision and is the most common used in this surgery. Excess fat, tissue
and skin are removed, and the nipple is positioned higher giving the breast
a more symmetrical appearance.
Breast reduction surgery gives your breasts a more youthful appearance
and alleviates any back, neck or shoulder pain that overly large breasts
were causing. Exercise will be more comfortable; clothing will fit better,
and your self-confidence will be at an all-time high.
You should expect some bruising, swelling and tenderness in the area for
several weeks after surgery. If you experience numbness around the areola,
do not worry, this is common, and sensitivity usually returns as the swelling
goes down. Healing takes time, so you should not plan to return to work
for several days after surgery. You will be instructed to wear a surgical
bra over gauze dressing for a few days. The stiches are dissolvable; however
you will be advised to continue to wear a sports bra for 4 to 6 weeks
after surgery. Your doctor will give you specific instructions and go
over all the dos and don’ts before you return home.
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