Breast reduction is a common plastic surgery procedure to reduce the size of overly large or overly uneven breasts.
That much everyone knows. But there are many important details about breast reduction surgery that prospective patients should understand.
Here are the important facts we’re calling Breast Reduction 101 that everyone considering the surgery should know!
What are the symptoms of overly large breasts?
It’s important to note that overly large breasts are not merely something that some consider an aesthetic challenge, or done for cosmetic reasons. Though cosmetic concerns are valid, breast reduction has medical implications for health as well, and are referred to by the medical term breast hypertrophy.
Overly large breasts can result in back and neck pain, headaches, rashes, red marks or grooves from bra straps, numbness of upper extremities, obstacles to exercise, along with potential psychological issues.
What does breast reduction surgery involve?
During breast reduction surgery excess skin and breast tissue is safely removed. The result is that the breasts will be drastically resized to better suit the body, and the symptoms accompanying large breasts will diminish.
The procedure is done under general anesthesia and on an outpatient basis, with the operation taking three or four hours.
Are there any scars?
Minor scarring should be expected. Patients usually experience a scar around the areola of their breast, along with one vertically down to the fold. The resulting scar appears like a small lollipop. The nipple and areola are not removed during the procedure, and remain connected to milk ducts, nerves and the blood supply.
What is the recovery process?
Pain medication is usually required for the week after the operation, and it is possible to return to work one week following breast reduction surgery. During this initial one-week period of pain medication, patients are not to drive. Regular activities can usually be resumed after around two weeks, while swelling and bruising subside by around the month to month-and-a-half mark.
To ensure the change is not damaged, a sports bra should be worn for one to two months. Meanwhile, scars will begin to fade and dramatically improve in appearance after six months, with complete healing occurring around one year afterwards.
Are there risks of complications?
Like all surgeries, potential complications can occur, though the risk is slight. These include bleeding, infection, loss of sensation, asymmetrical breasts and other developments. You will be informed of possible risks during your consultation.
If you’re considering breast reduction and have any questions that we didn’t cover in this 101 article, contact Cosmedical today for a free consultation with our cosmetic enhancement professionals!