Breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammaplasty, is a cosmetic surgery that reduces the size of the breasts by removing excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin. This surgery is often sought by women who experience physical discomfort, such as back pain, neck pain, skin irritation, or emotional distress due to their large breasts. If you are considering breast reduction surgery, knowing what to expect from the procedure, recovery, and expected outcomes is important.
Preparation for Surgery
Before the surgery, you will have a consultation with a plastic surgeon to discuss your expectations and medical history. The surgeon will examine your breasts and take measurements to determine the appropriate amount of tissue to remove. They will also discuss the potential risks and benefits of the procedure, as well as the anaesthesia options.
During the surgery
Breast reduction surgery is performed under general anesthesia and typically takes about 2-5 hours to complete. The surgeon will make incisions around the areola and down to the breast crease, creating a “keyhole” or “anchor” shape. The surgeon will remove excess tissue, fat, and skin through these incisions, reposition the nipple and areola, and reshape the breast.
Recovery and Aftercare
After the surgery, you must wear a special surgical bra for several weeks to support the breasts and reduce swelling. You may also have drains in place to help remove excess fluid. Most patients experience some discomfort and swelling for the first few days, which can be managed with pain medication. You will need to avoid strenuous activities and heavy lifting for several weeks after the surgery and may need to take time off from work.
Breast reduction surgery can provide numerous benefits, both physical and emotional. Some of the expected outcomes include:
- Relief from back pain, neck pain, and shoulder pain
- Improved posture and balance
- Reduction in skin irritation and rashes under the breasts
- Increased self-confidence and self-esteem
- More comfortable clothing and lingerie options
However, it is important to note that every patient’s experience differs. The results may vary depending on factors such as the amount of tissue removed and the individual’s healing process.
Risks and Complications
As with any surgery, breast reduction surgery carries some risks and potential complications. These may include:
- Nipple or breast sensation changes
- Difficulty breastfeeding
- Asymmetry or unevenness in breast shape or size
Discussing these potential risks with your plastic surgeon before undergoing the procedure is important.
Breast reduction surgery can be a life-changing procedure for those who experience physical or emotional discomfort due to their large breasts. It is important to understand the procedure’s preparation, surgery, recovery and expected outcomes, as well as the potential risks and complications. If you are considering breast reduction surgery, consult a board-certified plastic surgeon to determine if it is the right option.
Breast reduction surgery can alleviate physical and emotional discomfort associated with large breasts. The surgery involves removing excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin and reshaping the breast.
Recovery involves wearing a special surgical bra and avoiding strenuous activities; expected outcomes include pain relief and increased self-confidence. However, the surgery carries risks and potential complications, which should be discussed with a plastic surgeon.
If you are considering surgery, choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon with experience in this procedure is important. Dr. Azra Ashraf at Panache Plastic Surgery is a highly skilled and experienced plastic surgeon specialising in breast reduction surgery.
Dr. Ashraf takes a personalized approach to each patient and uses the latest surgical techniques to achieve natural-looking and long-lasting results. Contact Panache Plastic Surgery today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ashraf and learn more about breast reduction surgery.