If you’ve been living life with large and heavy breasts, you may be experiencing a wide range of physical symptoms including physical aches and chronic strain on your neck, back and shoulders. You might also feel like your breasts are out of proportion with your body shape. If you’re ready to reduce the size of your breasts and give yourself a break from the stress of carrying the weight in your back and shoulders, you may want to consider having breast reduction surgery. If you have gynecomastia (enlargement of breasts in the male body) a breast reduction can alleviate your symptoms.
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What is a breast reduction?
Breast reduction is a surgical procedure that removes excess fat, tissue and skin from the breasts in order to achieve a more proportional look for the body. The correct name for the procedure is reduction mammoplasty and it helps to successfully alleviate the pain associated with larger breasts.
Do I have choices for the look I want?
Yes. Though the process of breast reduction is performed in the same way with most options (an incision around the nipple and down the front of the breast), you will have a say in how you want your breasts to look like after surgery. You’ll see pictures of surgeries before and after a breast reduction and the surgeon will discuss the looks available.
Am I a candidate?
There are many reasons you might consider having breast reduction surgery, most of which involve reducing the breasts to ease pain and increase mobility.
When you may need a breast reduction
Also known as breast hypertrophy, characteristics include excess breast tissue, fat and take into account the breast positioning. If you have excessively large breasts that are getting in the way of living a normal daily life, you might consider breast reduction surgery to help reduce the size of your breasts to a more proportional size for your body.
This is a condition where the male body develops breasts and enlarged breast tissues. Breast reduction surgery can help alleviate these symptoms.
Larger breasts can cause pain in the neck, back and shoulders as your body has to strain to hold up such weight. Pain can also keep you from participating in activities that you love like exercise or some recreational activities. Your large breasts may also be giving you a chronic rash which has become bothersome to treat.
If you have larger breasts that you don’t like, you can choose to have a breast reduction surgery as a cosmetic procedure. Larger breasts have a greater tendency to droop and sag over time as well. Or you may just feel self-conscious about your large chest size or have trouble fitting into clothes you want to wear. Breast reduction surgery will help you craft the look you want to achieve while also reducing any pain you might feel having larger breasts on a small frame.
What To expect at my Breast Reduction consultation?
During your consultation, you’ll want to discuss the reasons why you’re unhappy with your breasts and what results you want to see from a breast reduction surgery. Your surgeon will talk about the best options available and show you want you can hope to expect from breast reduction surgery. Measurements will need to be taken and you’ll be show before and after pictures, as well as, see a 3D picture of what your results will look like after surgery.
If you are a candidate for breast reduction surgery, your surgeon may give you a list of things to do before your surgery, perhaps recommend a mammogram and avoid smoking or taking aspirin before your procedure. Make sure you bring a list of questions and worries to discuss with your surgeon. A list will help make sure you don’t forget to ask any important questions before your surgery day.
What will happen before, during and after my surgery?
After your consultation, you’ll be given a surgery day and instructions to follow the day before your surgery. You’ll most likely have your surgery in an outpatient surgery center or a hospital. You’ll most likely be able to go home the same day but some patients may need to spend one night in the hospital.
There are various steps that will take place during your procedure. First, you’ll be given anesthesia so that you will not fill any pain during surgery. Your surgeon will then make an incision around your nipple and down the front of your breast, usually called a keyhole incision. Next, your surgeon will remove excess fat, tissue and skin (usually by means of a liposuction) and reposition the breasts. Finally, the areola and the nipple will be repositioned and tightened when necessary. The last step will be to close your incision. After which, you’ll be taken to the recovery room. Your surgery should take around 3 to 5 hours depending on how large your breasts are and how much nipple reconstruction needs to take place.
In the recovery room, you’ll be monitored until you wake up from anesthesia and are able to go home. If your surgery is particularly long, you may need to spend the night in the hospital to help with your recovery. You will have to have someone drive you home from surgery and present for your recovery at home for at least the first 24 to 48 hours.
After your procedure, you’ll be given instructions for your recovery which might include pain management, healing and looking for the following side effects:
Recovery & healing process
After your breast reduction surgery, your breasts will be wrapped in gauze while they heal. You may have tubes or sutures that will help the breasts drain. You’ll want to avoid activity for at least the first two to four weeks as you heal. You may want to schedule any time off of work and schedule for babysitters and caretakers ahead of your surgery.
During your recovery you’ll want to keep your breasts wrapped with a bandage and supported with a special bra while you heal. Your doctor will give you exact instructions for your recovery time dependent upon how your surgery went and how you’re healing.
Results, Maintenance & Follow up
If your surgery goes as planned, you’ll notice the results of your breast surgery immediately and be thrilled to see your breasts at a reduced size. You’ll be sore after surgery for a few weeks and bruising and scarring won’t be complete for up to 3 months after surgery. You may have some permanent scarring where the incision took place but the scars will fade over time and be completely covered by a bra or swimsuit.
You’ll want to make sure to follow-up with your doctor to make sure your healing is on track and that everything looks great with your results. Once you’re healed, you won’t need maintenance appointments unless you have any questions or problems with your surgery.
Who should I consult for breast Reduction surgery?
You’ll want a fully-trained plastic surgeon who will know the newest techniques and best ways to support your wants and wishes for a breast reduction surgery. You want someone who understands the choices you want for your body. Choosing the right professional can make all the difference when it comes to seeing the results you’ve waited for. At Pure Plastic Surgery, you can be sure that our team is vested in your health, care and the happiness that comes with a great outcome.