Big, heavy and pendulous breasts may cause pain in the back, neck, and shoulders, as well as skin irritation and important discomfort.
GETTING READY FOR A BREAST REDUCTION
Two kinds of incisions can be performed in order to reduce the size of the breasts. Normally, the lower the breast, the more incisions are performed.
Vertical: periareolar (around the nipple) and vertical incision. Used to correct a moderate fall of the breasts. ”T” shape: periareolar and vertical incisions under the breast. Used to correct an important fall of the breasts. We will discuss the ideal size of your breasts in order to reduce your symptoms and to respect the balance of your breasts with the rest of your body. It is essential to stop smoking six weeks before and after the surgery. This measure prevents long recovery times and the opening of surgical wounds. A long recovery time may also affect patients with diabetes or who are overweight.
BREAST REDUCTION : SURGERY
This day surgery lasts between one hour and a half and two hours and is performed under general anesthesia. After the surgery, a dressing will cover and support your breasts. If your work does not require any physical activity you will be able to return after a few days.
RECOVERY AFTER BREAST REDUCTION
This surgery causes moderate pain which is easily controlled with the prescribed medication. Your breasts will be swollen and you will experience a light pain during the first few days. The dressing must be kept dry and intact for the first post operatory consultation five days after the surgery, after which it will be removed and replaced by a support bra that you will have to wear for six weeks. The rest of the postoperative consultations are generally scheduled three weeks, three months and one year after the surgery. During the consultation three weeks after the surgery, the dressing will be removed and you must start massaging the scars. Intense physical activity must be avoided for six weeks. If your work does not require any physical activity you will be able to return after a few days. It is possible for the swelling to linger some time after the surgery. The final result is normally achieved two to three months after the surgery, but it is possible for the scars to display some redness for six to twelve months. Certain asymmetries related to the position and shape of the nipple and the volume and shape of the breasts may be observed after the surgery. According to the degree of asymmetry, these imperfections can be corrected under local anesthesia one year after the surgery to ensure your complete satisfaction.