Breast Reduction/Reduction Mammaplasty
What is Breast Reduction/Mammaplasty?
Women with overly large, pendulous breast may suffer from a variety of physical and mental health problems; back, neck, and shoulder pain, skin rashes under breasts, painful bra strap indentations, restriction of physical activity due to weight of breast, and self-esteem issues.
What a breast Reduction Improves
A breast reduction procedure is designed to improve the overall appearance of the breast by reducing and reshaping them to a smaller more natural appearing breast. This will result in a natural youthful appearance of the breast, while also fulfill the personal needs and goals of the patient.
What to expect during breast reduction surgery
This procedure reduces the size of the breast by removing excess fat and glandular tissues. A lift will also be performed during this procedure, the breast will become elevated to minimize any sagging and the nipple and areola will be relocated to a higher position. Any excess skin will be removed where the incision has been made. A lollipop incision will be used during this procedure. This is a combination of a a few different incision; periareolar (around the areola), inframammary (through the fold of the breast), and vertical (from the areola to the breast fold). For this procedure patients can undergo general anesthesia or twilight anesthesia. Twilight anesthesia is an IV sedation anesthesia in addition to a local anesthetic. A breast reduction with a lift will take 2-4 hours to complete.
Breast reduction before and after
Expected Recovery of a breast Reduction
After a breast reduction it may take 10 to 15 days before a patient can return to their regular daily activities, in some instances it may take up to 4 weeks. It may take 6 to 8 weeks before a patient can return to strenuous activity; such as running or lifting weights. Patients may experience some swelling, bruising, and a moderate amount of pain during the healing process. The pain will be controlled with oral medications. The first three months after surgery the patient should avoid wearing an underwire bra. Scars from a breast reduction procedure may take up to one year to mature.
Duration of Effect
The results from a breast reduction procedure may last forever. However, breast size may change is the patient becomes pregnant, gains or loses weight, or begins taking hormones or medications.