Breast reduction surgery is an operation to remove extra fat, tissue, and skin from your breasts. If you have large breasts that are out of proportion to the rest of your body and causing neck pain, back pain, or other symptoms, you may be considering breast reduction surgery.
Most women who get breast reduction are very satisfied with the results. Men with conditions such as gynecomastia (in which male breasts are abnormally enlarged) may also have it.
Because it's major surgery, you should know the benefits, potential complications, and what's involved in recovery.
Before the surgery, you’ll meet with the surgeon to talk about your medical history, including whether you've had a lump removed from your breast or have any other medical conditions that affect your breasts. the surgeon will also ask about your family's medical history.
Be completely open with the surgeon about your medical history and why you want a breast reduction. Be prepared to discuss any emotional issues you've dealt with regarding your breasts, how your breasts have physically felt to you, and any physical conditions you've had.
The surgeon may take photos of your breasts, measure them, and talk with you about how much breast tissue will need to be removed to achieve your goal. You will also learn about preparing for the surgery and planning for your recovery.
During your consultation, the surgeon will ask about your habits, including whether you smoke and what medications you take. You may have to quit smoking for a period before and after surgery to ensure proper healing. You also may have to stop taking certain medications, including aspirin or other anti-inflammatory drugs such as Motrin or Aleve and the surgeon will give you instructions about what you need to do.
Women who seek breast reduction often have had children, are overweight, have a predisposition for large, disproportionate breasts, or are sensitive to estrogen. Large breasts often run in a family, inherited from mothers and grandmothers.
Following are some common reasons why you may want to consider breast reduction:
A history of irregular mammograms, undiagnosed lumps or other types of masses, severe obesity, diabetes, wound healing disorders, current breastfeeding, smoking, clotting disorders or a family history of them, and heart or circulatory disorders are all contraindications for breast reduction.
If you are in good general health and have a positive attitude and realistic expectations, you are most likely a good candidate for this procedure.
You’ll get general anesthesia, which means you will be put to " sleep" during the procedure.
Breast reduction surgery will take about 2 to 5 hours, sometimes longer.
The surgeon could use one of a few surgery methods, depending on the shape and size of your breasts, how much tissue they need to remove, and how you want to look after surgery:
Your surgeon may use drainage tubes and then stitch up your breasts and wrap them in a special gauze. You may also need to wear a surgical bra.
Expect to take at least a week off from work or school afterward. Some people need a couple of weeks, but each situation varies. The surgeon will instruct you on follow-up appointments for removing bandages and stitches.
While you recover, you'll need to stop physical activity for at least a month after surgery.
After the surgery, you should expect to feel tired and to have breast pain. Your surgeon will give you an oral painkiller to ease you through the first few days. You should also avoid heavy lifting.
Some people have an emotional reaction, such as feeling depressed, after the surgery. That can be normal, but make sure you tell your doctor about all your concerns.
They are surgeries with high satisfaction rates. Breast tissue does not grow again, but in the following years, age and possible excess weight gain and sagging may occur. The increase in self-confidence is reflected in their physical activities, and their complaints such as back and shoulder pain disappear.
Risks and Complications:
Scars are a normal side effect of breast reduction surgery. These scars will fade over time but will never go away completely. They might be worse if you lift heavy objects too soon after surgery.
Other possible problems include:
Rarely, certain complications, such as inadequate healing of the nipple area, may require a skin graft.
Contact the doctor right away:
7 to 10 days
Patient should wear special corsett and bra, also she must be careful with the operated site for approximately 20 days