What is a breast reduction procedure?
This is a procedure that is meant to reduce the size of breasts. While it can be used to alter the appearance of one’s breasts, it is also a viable option to relieve health and medical issues associated with excessively large breasts.
What is the aim of the surgery?
Aesthetically, the surgery is meant to reduce the size of breasts and improve their appearance in proportion to the rest of one’s body. The procedure involves removing excess fat, skin, and tissue from large – and often sagging – breasts. The areola, which is the circular area of dark skin surrounding the nipple, may also be made smaller in proportion to the new size of the breasts. In some cases, the nipple and areola are repositioned higher for aesthetic purposes.
Who is the ideal candidate for the breast reduction?
Women who are suffering from the following discomforts due to the excessive size of their breasts may consider breast reduction:
- Neck and back pain
- Scars and grooves on shoulders due to bra straps
- Rashes and skin irritations under the breasts
- Breathing difficulties
- Difficulty finding clothes and apparel that fit
- Impaired participation in physical and social activities
- Limited participation in sports and vigorous activities due
What type of anesthesia is used in the procedure and how does it take?
The operation is usually performed with general anesthetic or deep sedation which means it takes place in an operating room while the patient is un aware.
How is the procedure performed?
An incision is carefully made around the areola and down towards the bottom of the breast.
- Excess fat and skin are removed through this incision
- The nipple and areola are moved into their new position
- In most cases, the procedure leaves the nipples and areolas attached to their blood vessels and nerves
Closure of the wound
The incision is closed with stitches. Depending on the amount of bleeding, a small drainage tube may be left in the wound that will be removed in a day or two.
These procedures can be performed as day care when patient can be discharged on the same day, however a one-night stay in the hospital after the procedure is recommended to aid recovery.
What are the risks and complications of the procedure?
- Delayed wound healing
- Noticeable, permanent scars on the breasts. Some patients have a tendency to form scars.
- Small sores around the nipples following surgery. These sores can be treated with antibiotic cream.
- Asymmetrical size of the breasts.
- Inability to breast-feed because most of the milk ducts leading to the nipple are removed.
- Permanent loss of feeling in the nipples or breasts.
Does it interfere with breast feeding?
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