A breast reduction is a surgical procedure to remove excess breast tissue and skin. This can help to achieve a more proportionate appearance and relieve symptoms such as back and neck pain, skin irritation, and bra strap indentations. The procedure may also be performed for cosmetic reasons.
During a breast reduction, incisions are made around the areola and down the breast, and excess tissue is removed. The remaining tissue is then reshaped and the incisions are closed. A breast reduction can often be performed using laparoscopic techniques, which involve smaller incisions and a quicker recovery time.
If you are considering a breast reduction, it is important to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss your goals and expectations. The surgeon will also perform a physical examination and assess your medical history to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure.
1. What are the benefits of breast reduction surgery?
The benefits of breast reduction surgery include improved self-esteem, body image, and quality of life; reduced back, neck, and shoulder pain; and improved ability to participate in physical activities.
2. What are the risks of breast reduction surgery?
The risks of breast reduction surgery include infection, bleeding, blood clots, and adverse reactions to anesthesia. Additionally, there is a small risk of reoperation or revision surgery.
3. What can I expect during and after surgery?
During breast reduction surgery, the surgeon will make incisions on the breasts and remove excess tissue, fat, and skin. The incisions will be closed with stitches or surgical tape. After surgery, you can expect to feel some pain and discomfort, which can be controlled with pain medication. You will also have drains placed under your arms to help remove excess fluid. These drains will be removed after a few days.
4. How long will it take to recover from surgery?
Most people take approximately two weeks to recover from breast reduction surgery. During this time, you will need to take it easy and refrain from strenuous activity. You will also need to wear a support garment to help your healing process.
5. What are the long-term effects of surgery?
The long-term effects of breast reduction surgery are usually positive. However, it is possible that you may experience some loss of sensation in your breasts. Additionally, you may need revision surgery down the road if your breasts change in size or shape.