Developing large breasts may be a cause for concern for many women for cosmetic and medical reasons. While some women feel comfortable with having large breasts, there are some who experience discomfort that affects every aspect of their daily lives or they don’t like the way their breasts look in proportion to the rest of their body when wearing specific clothing.
Poor posture, back pain, neck pain, not being able to play sports, difficulty finding appropriate clothes and many more problems arise for women with large breasts. Mental challenges are also present as they often feel self-conscious and embarrassed at times.
To solve all of the above problems, some women opt for breast reduction, also referred to as a reduction mammoplasty. Breast reductions can be performed after the breasts are fully developed, meaning that the patient is required to be 18 or older in most cases.
Before the Procedure
If you’re interested in the procedure, you will begin your journey with a consultation. During your initial consultation, you should openly discuss any issues with your doctor. These include the reasons for the surgery, expected results, medications you’re taking, and any underlying medical issues.
Discussing this with your doctor will allow him to make an accurate assessment of your body as a whole and determine how to proceed to achieve the best results possible. Any queries about the procedure can be cleared as the doctor will provide detailed instructions of what to expect.
You will be given pre-operative instructions that you will need to follow before the surgery. These could include changes in medication, smoking habits, and excessive drinking habits. In addition to these factors, diabetes, lack of nutrition, obesity, and other health conditions will increase the chances of risks and side effects during the procedure.
The most common breast reduction technique is the keyhole technique. Using this technique, your surgeon will make incisions around the areola and downwards along the natural crease of the breast. Your surgeon will then remove excess skin, fat tissue, and glandular tissue before re-positioning the nipple to the desired location and shape the breast.
The incisions are then closed with sutures and a drainage tube might be placed to remove excess fluid.
After the Procedure
Breast reductions are performed on an outpatient basis, meaning that you will be observed for a short while before being discharged. You should arrange for a family or friend to transport you home and help you out for a few days after the procedure. Ready to eat meals are a good option as cooking and most other basic tasks will be hard to perform.
You may experience discomfort one to two days after the procedure, but you will be given pain meds to soothe them. Obtaining the proper amount of rest is necessary, but you make sure to sleep and sit in positions recommended to you by your surgeon.
All strenuous activity must be avoided until you are fully recovered to prevent damage to the breasts. While swelling, redness, and slight bruising may be present in some cases, they will subside in time. Detailed care instructions will be given to you after the surgery. By following these instructions, you can reduce discomfort and accelerate the healing process.
Schedule a Breast Reduction Consultation
To get the best results from your breast reduction, you should make sure you Contact a board-certified plastic surgeon who has a lot of experience performing the procedure. Dr. Brian Eichenberg is a respected board-certified surgeon who will answer any question you have about a breast reduction and guide you on your journey to more proportional breasts.