• Reduction Mammaplasty

    Breast Reduction Surgery

    Reduction mammaplasty is the medical term for breast reduction surgery. This cosmetic surgery procedure is designed to reduce the size of the breasts by removing fat, tissue and skin. Breast reduction is often sought by women who wants to be relieve from physical restrictions and painful strain associated with having too large and heavy breasts.

    Some of the medical problems experienced by women with very large, pendulous breast include back and neck pain, skin irritation due to skeletal deformities and breathing problems. Because of the functional problems associated with extremely large breasts, insurance will often cover the cost of breast reduction surgery.

    Ideal Candidates for Breast Reduction Surgery

    Women with very large breasts that cause physical restrictions are excellent candidates for breast reduction surgery.  In most cases, breast reduction surgery is performed on fully developed breasts though it can also be done earlier if they are causing serious physical discomfort.

    You are also a good candidate if you are in stable physical and psychological condition; you aren’t breast feeding and those who have realistic expectations.

    Men who suffer from gynecomastia (male breast) can also be a candidate for breast reconstruction surgery.

    Possible risks and complications

    All surgery has some potential risks, including the risks of bleeding, reaction to the anesthetic, and infection.

    For breast reduction surgery, however, there are specific potential breast reduction risks such as asymmetrical breast, uneven nipple height and altered sensation of the nipple and breast. Also, after going through this procedure, breastfeeding might not be possible. The degree of risk varies depending on the surgical technique used for the reduction mammaplasty.

    The Procedure

    The length of the procedure varies depending on the patient’s case and the technique used. It might also take longer if combined with other surgical procedure such as breast lift.

    There are various techniques used for breast reduction surgery but the most common procedure involves an anchor-shaped incision that circles the areola, extends downward, and follows the natural curve of the crease beneath the breast. Excess fats, tissues and skin will then be removed and the areola and nipple will be moved to their new position.

    Most of the time, nipples remain attached to their blood vessels and nerves, however, for too large breast, there might be a need to remove them completely and put them in a higher position which results in the loss of sensation in the nipple and areolar tissue.

    There is also an available option of using liposuction for breast reduction surgery, so better ask your surgeon about all the possible choices you have and choose the one that best fits your situation.

    The Recovery Process and Your New Look

    You will be bandage or asked to wear surgical bra over gauze dressings after your surgery. You may feel some pain for a few days following your surgery but medication might also be offered by your plastic surgeon.

    The bandages will be removed after a few days but you will have to wear the surgical bra until the swelling and bruising subside.  You can apply moisturizer several times a day if you feel that your breasts are becoming dry.

    Results of this surgery can be seen immediately and after the chronic physical discomfort is gone, the body is better proportioned, and clothes fit better. This in turn resulted to women feeling happy with the results after the adjustment period.