Breast Reduction: Risks, Recovery

Overview

Breast reduction, also named reduction mammaplasty, is a cosmetic surgery used to remove excess fat, tissue and skin from the breasts. Having more beautiful breasts does not always mean having bigger breasts. It’s all about shape and proportion, and sometimes overly large breasts can cause problems like:

  • Back and neck pain
  • Inflammation beneath the breast folds
  • Limitations on physical activities
  • Soreness from bra straps digging into the skin
  • Emotional discomfort resulting from unwanted attention

This procedure can help solve these physical issues and even psychological problems like emotional discomfort and decreased self-esteem, as well as help women attain a more comfortable, proportionate and visibly appealing bustline.

This procedure can help solve these physical issues and even psychological problems like emotional discomfort and decreased self-esteem, as well as help women attain a more comfortable, proportionate and visibly appealing bustline.

Candidates

A good candidate for breast reduction nclude:

  • Have stable weight
  • Physically healthy and have no other medical illnesses that impair the healing
  • Nonsmokers
  • Bothered by the feeling that your breasts are too big
  • Breasts have limited physical activity
  • Have experienced back, neck, and shoulder pain caused by the weight of breasts
  • Have shoulder indentations from bra straps
  • Have positive and realistic expectations toward the surgery
  • Committed to living a healthy life with proper nutrion and fitness

Cost

On average, breast reduction costs anywhere between $5,000 and $7,000. This does not include additional expenses such as any medical tests that must be done prior to surgery, surgical garments and pain medications.

Some additional factors that influence the cost of your surgery will include where you live, the surgeon you choose and the facility where the procedure is being performed.

Risks

You need to fully understand the risks and benefits of a breast reduction surgery to make a final decision. Possible risks of these plastic surgery include:

  • Unfavorable scarring
  • Infection
  • Anesthesia risks
  • Trouble breathing
  • Bleeding
  • Blood clots
  • Poor wound healing
  • Breast contour and irregular shape
  • Breast asymmetry
  • Potential inability to breastfeed
  • Possibility of revisional surgery
  • Changes in nipple or breast sensation, which may be temporary or permanent

Preparation

Your surgeon may ask you to do the following things before the breast reduction:

  • Have a mammogram or other lab tests
  • Avoid eating or drink anything after midnight on the day of your surgery
  • Avoid smoking for a certain period of time before and after surgery
  • Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements, to control bleeding during surgery

Besides, you need to arrange for someone to drive you home and stay with you for at least 24 hours after the surgery.

Surgical steps and options

You will be given general anesthesia to keep you asleep and free from pain during surgery. Depending on the kind of surgery you have, the incision may be varied. Different incision options include:

  • A circular pattern around the areola
  • An inverted T or anchor-shaped incision pattern
  • A vertical or “lollipop” shape with an incision around the areola and vertically down to the breast crease

After the incision is made, the surgeon will remove excess tissue and reposition the nipple. Then, he or she will close the incision with sutures, skin adhesives and/or surgical tape. The results of your breast reduction surgery are immediately visible.

Recovery

After the breast reduction surgery, you will wear a support or compression bra. Over time, you may have discomfort in your chest area. Your surgeon will give you an oral painkiller to ease you through the first few days after surgery. You should also avoid heavy lifting. To decrease the risk for blood clots, you will need to move around or walk as soon and often as possible.

Your surgeon will give you detailed instructions about wound care and the resumption of physical activities. Be sure to follow all your surgeon’s instructions to ensure your breast reduction recovery goes smoothly.


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* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.