Does it sometimes feel like Mother Nature might have been a little too generous when she decided on the size of your chest? If you have large breasts, you may be at risk for a variety of medical problems ranging from back pain to breathing difficulties, all thanks to the extra weight you’re carrying around on your chest. If you’re suffering from neck or back pain, skin irritation, skeletal deformities, indentations in your shoulders caused by your bra straps, or even difficulty breathing properly, it’s time to consider a reduction mammoplasty, more commonly known as breast reduction surgery.
Examples of the before and after of a breast reduction.
Designed specifically for women with large, heavy breasts, breast reduction removes fat, excess skin, and other tissues from the breasts in order to make them smaller, lighter, and firmer. The goal is to create a new breast size and shape that is more in proportion and appropriate for your body. Your breasts will also be perkier and more youthful in appearance, similar to the results you’d get from a breast lift. Shape and/or size asymmetry can also be corrected. According to a medical study done by Dr. Remi Goulart, Jr., et al. in Reduction mammoplasty improves body posture and decreases the perception of pain, this more appropriate proportion leads to better posture and a lot less pain reported in the neck, back, shoulders, and arms.
Before and after
Your Breast Reduction Consultation
Before your breast reduction surgery can be planned, you’ll need to visit with your surgeon for a consultation. During this initial meeting, your surgeon will assess if you’re a good candidate for a breast reduction. This assessment will include a physical exam to ensure the surgery is safe for you. You may also need a mammography if you’re over 40 years old. This is performed to ensure that no abnormal tissue changes exist before the surgery.
In general, if you’re relatively healthy and have large, sagging breasts, you’ll most likely be a good candidate for the procedure. The ideal candidate has large, hanging breasts that get in the way of their daily lives, and cause general pain and discomfort. The breast reduction surgery is usually only recommended for mature women who have fully developed breasts, but it can be performed on younger patients as well, particularly, if your breasts are causing serious health issues. Unfortunately, if you breastfeed, or are planning on breastfeeding, it’s better if you wait to undergo a breast reduction. The procedure removes many of the milk ducts that lead to the nipples, and this could make breastfeeding difficult or impossible.
During this initial consultation, your surgeon may explain the difference between a breast lift and a breast reduction. Although the procedures are very similar, there are some important differences. If your breasts aren’t too large, but you don’t like how they sag, you may be a better candidate for a breast lift (or even breast augmentation with implants if the degree of sagging is minor to moderate). If, on the other hand, your goal is to reduce the overall size of your breasts while also giving them a more youthful appearance, a reduction may be your best option.
Right after your surgery is finished, your breasts will be bruised, swollen, and uncomfortable for a few days, but the pain shouldn’t be too bad. You should be able to control most of your discomfort with the pain medication prescribed by your surgeon. After a few days your bandages will come off, but you’ll need to wear a sports bra, or other compression garment, for the next 4 to 6 weeks. The sports bra will help keep any swelling under control, as well as help guide your breasts to heal into their new desired shape.
Most people plan to take about a week off from work to recover. During this time, it’s a good idea to limit your activities as much as possible. Stay at home, watch some television, or pick up a good book. Take leisurely walks occasionally to keep your circulation going. It’s important to give your body the time and energy it needs to heal fully and properly. It’s not always easy to stop and put your life on hold for a full week or two, but the better you manage to quietly relax during your first week of recovery, the faster you’ll heal, and the better your results will be!
After about 2 weeks of resting with low activity levels you can start to exercise gently. Stick to walking and other low-impact exercises, while staying away from any upper body exercises, running, or high-impact workouts for at least a month after your procedure.
It’s not uncommon for some patients to lose some feeling in their nipples and breast skin after surgery, so don’t be alarmed. This is caused by swelling and nerve interference, and usually fades as the swelling subsides and nerve regeneration occurs over the next few weeks to months. In some cases, this numbness can last for up to a year or two, and in the most extreme cases, it can be permanent.
Unfortunately, scars are unavoidable with a breast reduction. Following the surgery, you will have permanent scars that may look lumpy and red for a few months after the procedure. Expect a fine scar to be located around the areola, with a single one extending vertically down from the mid-point of your areola border to the breast fold. Another short scar will be located horizontally within the breast fold. Although this may sound extensive, scarring has never been a serious concern for our patients because of the conscientious measures we take to reduce their appearance. We apply advanced surgical techniques to reduce the appearance of scars. You can also help by:
- Wearing your sports bra as directed by your surgeon.
- Avoiding smoking.
- Staying hydrated during and beyond recovery.
- Following scar care instructions provided by your surgeon.
- Sticking to a healthy, lean diet.
- Gently massaging the scar occasionally.
Even though these scars are permanent, many women see them as a fair trade for the improvement in pain and discomfort, as well as the way they look and feel after their breast reduction. That being said, our patients do not usually complain about their scars because they tend to fade quickly. We can provide you with silicone sheeting if you’d like to speed up the scar healing process.
The breast reduction operation offers immediate and dramatic results. The operation typically reduces chronic pain in the back and shoulders as well as the overall discomfort caused by large, heavy breasts. Your breasts will be smaller and more proportionate, and appear more buoyant. This change will give you improved confidence, comfort, and quality of life.
Our patients often rave about the improved comfort they experience from smaller breasts. They love not only that their clothes fit better, but also now have more options for outfits. Our patients have a greater satisfaction with their overall appearance, and any pain, numbness, or sensitivity usually fade within about a month of the operation.
What’s breast reduction?
Breast reduction is a surgical procedure that reduces the size of the breasts by removing tissue. This tissue may be skin, glandular tissue and fat. The breasts are also reshaped to make them perkier, so that they project more forward rather than downward.
What is breast reduction and lift?
A breast reduction and lift is a procedure that reduces the size of the breasts while at the same time reshaping them to make them perkier. Usually, a breast lift is performed in conjunction with a breast reduction. However, when a breast lift is performed on its own, the goal is to make the breasts perkier, not smaller.
What is breast reduction surgery called?
The technical term for breast reduction surgery is reduction mammoplasty or reduction mammaplasty.
How long are breast reduction surgeries?
The breast reduction procedure usually takes anywhere from 1 to 5 hours. The more correction desired, the longer it usually takes.
When do breast reduction scars fade?
Scars can take up to a year or to fade. In the first few months after surgery, they will look red and raised, but with time and proper care, they will gradually turn into faint, thin silvery lines that are barely noticeable.
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