About Breast Reduction
Breast reduction also known as reduction mammoplasty is a cosmetic surgery that reduces the size of, and improves the shape of overly large breasts. Breast reduction surgery not only improves the cosmetic appearance of heavy, sagging breasts, but also alleviates the physical discomfort caused by disproportionately large breasts.
For those women with excessively large breasts causing back and neck pain, breast pain, and difficulty exercising, breast reduction can be a satisfying option. When large breasts interfere with a woman’s quality of life, this procedure is often covered by insurance companies. Dr. Adan employs the newest techniques in breast reduction), which allow for a beautiful, feminine, youthful contour. Patients who have breast reductions are among the happiest of all plastic surgery patients.
While large breasts may be an advantage for some women, women who have natural breasts that are significantly large experience painful symptoms and may feel uncomfortable with their bodies. Large breasts place a strain on your body and can be cumbersome to manage. At Platinum Surgery Center we can help reduce the size of your breast to better compliment your body’s natural shape and frame.
Benefits of breast reduction
Your breast reduction consultation will begin with a breast exam to evaluate what you would like to achieve with breast reduction. Dr. Adan’s goal during this time is to listen attentively to your concerns so he can fully understand your motivation and goals for treatment. He will also assess your general medical health and medical history to plan your breast reduction procedure. Part of this medical history requires that you provide candid answers to questions about your general state of health, including, a full disclosure of health history including any illness, prior surgery of any kind and complications from prior surgery. All types of allergies and any reaction to prior general anesthesia. Current medications, the use of vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drugs
Before surgery Dr. Adan will instruct you on the following:
- Stop smoking
- Stop taking certain types of medications that may increase your risk of abnormal bleeding.
Prior to the day of surgery, you may be asked to:
- Avoid eating or drinking anything within a defined time period.
On the day of surgery, a board certified Consultant Anaesthesiologist and a certified member of Platinum Surgery Center’s team will administer general anesthesia so you are completely comfortable throughout the entire procedure. Typically, incisions are made in one to three locations: around the nipple, from the nipple to the chest wall, or under the breast and along the infra-mammary crease. The size and location of the incisions is dependent on the amount of tissue being removed and whether you are combining your procedure with a breast lift. Once the incisions have been made, Dr. Adan will remove glandular tissue, fat, and excess skin. Dr. Adan sometimes uses liposuction during breast reductions to remove excessive fatty tissue near the axilla (armpit) area. For women who desire a breast lift in addition to reduction, Dr. Adan will lift and reshape your breast tissue and reposition the nipple and areola to provide a perkier and more youthful bustline. If a breast lift is not necessary, the nipple will be placed back in its normal position. During this step, Dr. Adan can reduce the size of the areola for a more proportionate appearance. After completing the procedure, Dr. Adan will close the incisions and apply compression bandages.
Depending on the complexity of your procedure, you may require an overnight stay in our Short Stay Unit. You will be provided with a special support bra, which is worn for several weeks as directed by Dr. Adan. As with any major surgery, recovery will take time and it is imperative that you follow all postoperative instructions given to you by the staff at Platinum Surgery Center, to ensure you heal smoothly. Basic steps and considerations for you to expect include:
Weeks 1-3: During this time, you will experience some soreness, swelling, and bruising. Keeping your torso elevated, taking prescribed pain medications, and applying cold compresses as directed can help minimize discomfort. Unless you have a highly strenuous job, you can plan on returning to work within 10 to 14 days. After about two weeks, sutures will be removed. Be sure to avoid any vigorous activity and heavy lifting for several weeks.
Weeks 4-6: As you change clothes and compression garments, gentle caution should be used when handling your breasts so as not to create additional discomfort. In most cases, you can resume heavy physical activity four to six weeks after surgery.
Months 1-6: With time, swelling and soreness will begin to subside. Follow up will be executed to ensure no scarring for those with keloid or hypertrophic tendencies. As you continue to heal, you will begin to enjoy your results even more. Complete healing and final results can take up to one year as your breasts settle into their new shape.
Breast reduction surgery is beneficial for women who are unhappy or self-conscious about their breast size. Breast reduction can also correct a number of physical problems associated with enlarged breasts, including:
- Restricted movement and physical activity
- Chronic back, shoulder and neck pain
- Poor posture caused by the weight of the breasts
- Skin irritation and infection
- Shortness of breath
- Persistent headaches spanning from the forehead to the base of the neck.
- Difficulty fitting into clothing
- Uncomfortable bra strap indentations