A breast reduction, also referred to as a reduction mammaplasty, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that is specifically designed to help women restore normal body proportions by lifting the breasts, reducing their size, and enhancing their shape or contour. The breast reduction surgery is often a vital treatment method for women with overly large and sagging breasts that are causing them discomfort. It can be effective at eliminating the negative physical symptoms, such as neck or back pain, groves in the shoulders from bra straps, and raw rashes in the folds under the breasts. Breast reductions are also beneficial for correcting noticeable incongruities for women with two very different sized breasts.
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*Individual Results May Vary
During your initial consultation, you and your surgeon will discuss all of the vital information that is necessary to ensure a favorable outcome. It is important to remember to be open about your personal needs and goals from the procedure. Be sure to inform your physician about your detailed medical history, and please supply a list of current prescription or over-the-counter medications and any allergies that could impact the surgery. Your surgeon will also conduct a thorough examination of your breasts, take measurements of their size and shape, and evaluate the quality of your skin. The location of your nipples, areolas, and glands will also be considered to find the most optimal surgery technique.
Women who have a history of breast cancer or are above a certain age will be encouraged to have a mammogram before the surgery takes place. The mammogram will help to detect any future modifications in the breast tissue that could be signs of developing cancer growths. Before the surgery, you should also ask a friend or family member to drive you home from hospital and stay at your home for a minimum of one night after the surgery. It is also wise to prepare your home for the recovery period with plenty of gauze, washcloths, comfortable clothing, ice, and ointments recommended by our doctors.
After the surgery has concluded, your physician will place draining tubes beneath the incisions to prevent accumulation of this fluid within your breast and apply dressings over the incisions. You should expect to feel chest discomfort, but rest assured that your surgeon will be able to prescribe pain medication to manage and minimize the pain effectively. Within a day after the procedure, your dressings will be changed and you will be encouraged to begin walking around for normal basic daily activities.
It is crucial that you avoid lifting objects, bending, or straining in any way because these movements can increase the risk for swelling and bleeding. You will also need to sleep on your back in order to avert the added pressure on the breasts from sleeping on your side. While it depends on your own personal recovery situation, most patients are able to return to office work within one or two weeks of the breast reduction. For jobs with a higher level of movement, please consult with your surgeon to establish a customized timeframe for returning to work. Your breasts may be slightly uncomfortable and swollen for up to two or three weeks.
During this time, your physician will provide a special surgical bra, since normal underwire bras are strictly prohibited in recovery. Although breast and nipple sensation may be lost immediately following surgery, the sensitivity will usually return within two to three months. *Results from the breast reduction procedure will be noticeable immediately and gradually improve as the swelling is reduced in the first few weeks. *The final results are long-lasting and enduring, but can be affected by future pregnancies, weight changes, or the effects of aging.
*Individual Results May Vary