Saturday, 18 March 2017

Breast Reduction


  • Breast reduction surgery (reduction mammoplasty) is to reshape and reduce breasts sizes through taking out some of the skin tissue. It can also make the area of dark skin surrounding the nipple smaller. 
  • If most of the breast is fatty tissue, liposuction is used along with the surgery. 
  • Breast lift (mastopexy) is same with breast reduction, except for some cases only skin is removed. It can lead to sagging breasts, which is a common problem with large and heavy breasts and can increase the nipple and areola. 

Reasons for Breast Reduction Surgery

  • Much comfortable with you breasts
  • Large and heavy breasts might lead to back and neck pain, skin irritation and posture problems. 
  • Women with large breasts might encounter pain for some physical activities. 
  • Improve your appearance especially when large breasts are out of proportion to your height and weight. 

Results of the Surgery

  • Often times women are very satisfied after their done with the breast reduction surgery. 
  • It’s considered permanent but, it might change because of pregnancy, weight gain or weight loss. 
  • Normally, it heals the pain and discomfort originated from large breasts. 

Expectations After Surgery

  • Gauze is placed over the openings and the breasts are wrapped in an elastic bandage or supported with a special surgical bra, straight away after the surgery. 
  • Within 1 to 2 weeks, stitches might be removed. 
  • After surgery, most women will encounter some breast pain for the first few days and then, milder discomfort for one week or longer. 
  • Medicine can help lessen the pain
  • Swelling and bruising may last for several weeks
  • Wearing a surgical bra 24 hours a day can help reduce swelling and support the breasts while they heal. 
  • You can go back to your normal work and social activities within a couple of weeks, except for very strong exercises and you might need to avoid them more for 3 to 4 weeks or more. 
  • It’s very essential to wear a sports or athletic bra that supports the breasts. 
  • You will have noticeable scars on your breasts that can be covered by a bra. It might fade over time but, it will not disappear. 

Most Common Risks of Breast Reduction Surgery

  • Scars
  • Unequal positioned nipples or breasts that are not the same size or shape
  • Loss of feeling in the nipples or breasts 
  • Often temporary but for some women, it lasts much longer or becomes permanent because some of them with large breasts don’t have a lot of feeling in their breasts before surgery. 
  • Incapacity to breast feed after surgery 
  • Some women might still be able to breastfeed, depends on what type of reduction was done.
  • Damage to the breast’s blood supply might occur during surgery
Other Risks of Surgery (Rarely Occur)

  • Infection
  • Reaction to the anesthesia
  • Too much bleeding during surgery
  • Blood clots in large veins traveling up to the heart and lungs (pulmonary embolism)

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