What is breast reduction surgery?
Breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammaplasty, is a procedure used to remove excess fat, tissue and skin from the breasts. Person having large abnormal breast are required to have breast reduction surgery to ease discomfort or to achieve a breast size proportionate to their body.
Women who have large breasts generally face following problems:
Benefits of Breast Reduction Surgery :
Successful breast reduction surgery can relieve pain in your upper back, neck and shoulders. It might also increase your ability to participate in physical activities and promote a more positive self-image.
Although you’ll see results immediately, remember that it can take months for the swelling to completely go down and the surgical scars to fade. The final result is generally permanent — although breast shape and size can change due to factors such as aging and weight gain or loss.
The specific technique used to reduce the size of your breasts may vary. Generally, the surgeon makes an incision around the areola and down the breast. Excess breast tissue, fat and skin are then removed to reduce the size of each breast.
In most cases, the nipple and areola remain attached to the breast. If your breasts are very large and droopy, however, your nipple and areola might need to be removed and then reattached at a higher position on your breast as a skin graft.
After the procedure :
Your breasts will be covered with a gauze dressing or bandages. A tube might be placed under each arm to drain any excess blood or fluid. Your surgeon will likely prescribe medication for pain as well as antibiotics to decrease your risk of infection.
For the first days or week, your breasts will probably feel tender and sensitive. They might also be swollen and bruised. Your surgeon might recommend an elastic compression bra initially to protect the breasts.
You’ll need to limit physical activity for two to four weeks while the breasts heal. Your surgeon also may recommend avoiding underwire bras for a month after surgery.You will need a follow-up visit with your surgeon to remove stitches and check your recovery.
When you should opt for Breast Surgery?
Breast reduction surgery can be done at any age — even as a teenager in some cases. However, it’s usually best to wait until your breasts are fully developed.
If you haven’t started a family or your family isn’t yet complete, you might postpone breast reduction surgery until pregnancy isn’t an issue. Changes to breast tissue during pregnancy could affect your surgical results.
Also, breast-feeding might be challenging after breast reduction surgery — although some research suggests that breast-feeding difficulty after breast reduction surgery is related to a lack of support or coaching rather than the surgery itself.
Breast reduction surgery has the same risks as any other type of major surgery — bleeding, infection and an adverse reaction to the anesthesia. Other possible risks include:
The risk of poor wound healing seems to increase with the amount of breast tissue removed. However, it isn’t clear that women with a higher body mass index are at greater risk of complications from breast reduction surgery.