Why do women opt for breast reduction?
Women with large, heavy breasts may experience several health concerns related to this problem including back and neck pain, breast pain and rashes under the breast. The added weight of large breasts may exacerbate the symptoms for women with arthritis or spinal problems. Some women are bothered by the psychological embarrassment of large breasts, finding it uncomfortable to engage in physical activity or experiencing difficulty in finding clothes that fit.
In the long term, large breasts can lead to increased sagging (ptosis) and as a result of which a combination of large breasts and ptosis is present in many women. Women who are very self conscious of their large breasts, tend to develop a slouch in their posture, droop in their shoulders and chronic backache. Bra straps tend to dig into their shoulders causing deep indentation.
If you have any of these symptoms, breast reduction surgery may be right for you. It can make a dramatic change in your appearance and your outlook. It is recognized worldwide that women who have had breast reduction are some of the most satisfied and grateful patients. They find new enjoyment in sports, exercise, dance and even walking!
What is involved in the recovery process?
Initial healing will include swelling and discomfort at the incision sites. A support bra will be recommended for continuous wear for the first six weeks. The bruising will take up to three weeks to disappear. The swelling may take up to six weeks to disappear. The breast shape goes on improving up to six months.
A return to light activity is possible as soon as you feel ready, usually within ten days following surgery. All stitches are usually absorbable and will not need removing. You will be advised not to exercise for six weeks after surgery, and after that period, you must wear a sports bra while exercising.
Healing will continue for several weeks as swelling dissipates and breast shape and position settle. Scars are initially red and visible for first six months but rapidly become soft, supple and fade after that
What should I expect in the post operative period?
Small thin tubes are usually placed after major reductions to drain out any accumulated blood. These drains take about two to five days to stop draining, and are removed once they have stopped draining. You may be discharged after drains have been removed.
The post operative discomfort can be managed quite satisfactorily by regular medication with oral pain killers. You will find that you can discontinue these a week after surgery.
How breast reduction is performed?
Breast reduction is usually done under general anaesthesia. There are many ways to do a breast reduction. The procedure essentially consists of excising a wedge of breast gland with the overlying skin. While doing so the nipple is preserved on a bridge of tissue, which provides it with blood supply, and then translocated to a new higher position. The breast and skin is closed, giving it a smaller and much nicer shape.
The final scar will be around the areola and extend vertically down to the inframammary fold in the vertical scar technique of breast reduction. There will be an additional transverse scar in the inframammary fold, if the keyhole pattern (inferior pedicle technique) is used.
Our surgeon at Aesthetics Medispa will be able to guide you about the most suitable technique for you.
Are there any risks and complications involved in the surgery?
Breast reduction is a refined surgical procedure and is done quite routinely. Like any surgical procedure there are potential risks and complications that our surgeon at Aesthetics Medispa will explain in detail.
Some of the potential risks include:
- Accumulation of blood (hematoma), infection and poor healing at the site of suturing.
- Decreased sensation at the nipple.
- Decreased blood supply at the nipple, which may lead to partial or total necrosis of the nipple. This may need secondary reconstruction. This is very rare. The risk is increased in smokers and diabetics. Hence, women are advised to stop smoking at least two weeks prior to surgery.
- The ability to breast feed after reduction is unpredictable. It depends on the extent of reduction and type of technique used. This is best discussed with our surgeon at Aesthetics Medispa.
The incidence of these risks range from five to ten percent, and our surgeon will explain the treatment if they occur.
Before and Afters Results
* Disclaimer: Results May Differ From Person to Person. No individual result should be seen as typical
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