Large, heavy and pendulous breasts can cause back, neck and shoulder pain, as well as irritate the skin and make people feel extremely self-conscious. If you experience any of these symptoms, breast reduction may be a good choice for you.
PREPARING FOR A BREAST REDUCTION
Two types of incisions may be used to reduce and lift the breast. In general, the lower the nipple, the more incisions are required:
Vertical incisions: Peri-areolar (around the areola) and vertical incisions are used to correct moderate sagging of the breast.
T incisions: Peri-areolar, vertical and horizontal (under the breast) incisions are made to correct significant sagging.
We will also discuss the ideal size for your breasts to reduce your symptoms, and have them balance with the rest of your body.
You must refrain from smoking for six weeks before and six weeks after the surgery. This measure promotes faster healing and helps prevent the surgical wounds from reopening. Healing may take longer for people with diabetes or who are overweight.
BREAST REDUCTION: SURGERY
Breast reduction is a day surgery performed under general anesthesia that takes between one and a half hours to two hours. After the surgery, you will wear a bandage that covers and supports your breasts.
RECOVERY AFTER BREAST REDUCTION
You may experience moderate pain after the surgery that can be managed with prescribed medications. Your breasts will be swollen and uncomfortable for a few days. The bandage must be kept dry and intact until the first post-operative visit, which is five days after the surgery. The bandage will then be removed, and replaced with a support bra that must be worn during the day for six weeks. The following post-op visits are usually three weeks, three months and one year after the operation. At the three-week appointment, the butterfly bandages will be removed, and you will be asked to massage the scar tissue. Avoid intense physical effort for six weeks. If your work does not require physical effort, you may return to work after a few days of recovery. The breasts may be swollen for a while. The definitive results will be observable two or three months after the operation, but the scars may appear red for six to twelve months. There may be some differences in the areolas’ shape and position, as well as the shape and volume of the breasts after the operation. Depending on the degree of asymmetry, these imperfections can be corrected under local anesthesia one year after the surgery to ensure you are fully satisfied with the result.
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