Breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammaplasty, is a procedure to remove excess fatty tissue, reshape and reduce breast volume and weight. Breast reduction can be performed for cosmetic reasons or for relief from pain, irritation and discomfort often caused by large breasts. This procedure can also be used help correct breast asymmetry.
Breast Reduction Surgery
Breast reduction is a procedure that can have a remarkable effect on the quality of life for women with overly large breasts. After a reduction, many women are able to move with more ease, experiencing profound relief from pain or discomfort. Many report being able to participate in exercise or sport more easily and feeling much happier with how clothing fits and with their overall look.
During the procedure, incisions are made and excess skin and tissue are removed from the breasts, the areola and nipple may be repositioned, and the breasts are then reshaped and sutured. Some breast reduction candidates may also benefit from liposuction to improve overall breast shape.
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Ideal candidates are in good health, are at a reasonably stable weight, non-smoking, and not currently pregnant or breast-feeding. Most candidates are experiencing discomfort or unhappiness with the large size or weight of their breasts.
Overly large breasts can lead to poor posture, disproportionate appearance, pain in your shoulders, neck and back, skin irritations and rashes underneath the breasts, ill- fitting clothes, difficulty with exercise or sports and embarrassment or emotional distress.
If you are considering whether breast reduction is right for you, contact your preferred Healing Waters location to schedule a consultation with one of our plastic surgeons.
The results of your breast reduction surgery will be noticeable right away, though it can take several months for your breasts to completely settle into their final new shape. Following surgery, you can expect swelling as well as pain and discomfort that can be managed with rest and medication. You will likely need to wear a surgical or support bra for a few weeks. Many patients are able to return to normal activity and work within one to two weeks, though strenuous lifting or exercise may need to be avoided for a few weeks.
It is essential to follow all advice and post-op instructions carefully to help prevent unwanted complications.
When performed by a qualified plastic surgeon, breast reduction is normally an effective and safe way to reduce breast size, though there are associated risks. Potential complications include changes in breast or nipple sensation, bleeding, infection, asymmetry, large or problematic scars, problems breast-feeding, or inability to breast-feed.
Your plastic surgeon will explain the procedure, risks and potential complications in detail to help ensure that you fully understand what’s involved and can make informed choices.
You can normally expect scars from breast surgery to be permanent. Scars are more noticeable at first but do tend to fade over several months as your breasts settle into their new shape. The location and shape of the scars will depend upon the technique used and type of incisions made.
It is usually advisable to wait to have breast reduction surgery until after childbearing is completed. Although there are techniques that can preserve milk ducts, and some women are able to breast-feed after this procedure, breast tissue is being removed and it may not be possible for you to breast-feed after surgery.
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