What is Breast Reduction ?
Breast Reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammaplasty, involves removal of excess fat, glandular tissue and skin from our breasts to reduce and achieve a breast size that is in proportion with your body. It may also involve the reshaping and contouring of your breasts and re-position of your nipples. Breast reduction can also be performed to even out the size of your breasts if one is much bigger than the other.
If you have large breasts and they’re beginning to cause you discomfort, like back pain and rashes, or restrict your activities and affect your confidence, then you may be a good candidate for breast reduction.
It’s a common, but serious procedure and it’s important that you know how your body specifically, will be affected by the procedure and what you can expect as a result. That’s why Destination Beauty will work with you to consult with a surgeon at one of our partner hospitals to make sure that you’re a good candidate for Breast Reduction, and that all your questions are answered before we begin.
What benefits can you experience from breast reduction surgery?
Breast reduction surgery can relieve the discomforts that come with having large breasts, including:
- Chronic back, shoulder and neck pain
- Grooves in the shoulders and back caused by pressure from bra straps
- Excessive sweating, rashes and skin infections under the breasts
Breast reduction can also resolve other issues such as:
- Low-hanging breasts and stretched skin
- Difficulty fitting into bras and clothing
- Poor posture
- Restricted physical activity
- Low self-esteem
How do I prepare for my breast reduction?
At least two weeks before (and after) your breast reduction surgery you should stop smoking. Smoking increases your risk of chest infections and can slow the healing of wounds, leaving you with worse scarring after your breast reduction.
You should also stop drinking alcohol and taking any medications and supplements that have not been approved by your surgeon. And, as with all procedures involving general anesthesia, you will need to stop eating and drinking for eight hours before your surgery.
Finally, it’s important that you understand the procedure and the potential risks and complications that come with breast reduction surgery.
How is breast reduction surgery performed?
Breast reduction is an inpatient surgical procedure that requires you to stay 2 nights at one of our partner hospitals. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia, which puts you to sleep during the surgery. This “sleep” is different from regular sleep because it prevents you from feeling or responding to pain signals and anesthetizes your brain, stopping it from forming memories. Surgery can be a little rough on the body, so general anesthesia is a good way to help your body heal faster.
There are various ways to perform breast reduction surgery and the operation usually takes 2 to 4 hours. Your surgeon will discuss which method is most appropriate for you and how your breasts will look like after breast reduction.
The surgeon will typically make incisions on the lower part of the breast – around the areola, vertically down from the areola to the breast crease and horizontally along the breast crease – where excess breast tissue, fat and skin will be removed. In order to properly shape and contour your new breasts, the nipple and areola will then be moved to suit your new size.
The incisions will be closed with stitches and your breasts will be covered with supportive dressing or a support bra. After breast reduction surgery, small plastic tubes may be placed in each breast for up to 48 hours to allow blood and fluids to drain safely.
Will there be any scarring?
Breast reduction will leave somewhat noticeable, permanent scars located around the areola, in a vertical line that extends downwards along the lower crease of the breast. Scars may protrude and remain red for several months after breast reduction surgery, but they will gradually become less obvious, ideally becoming nearly invisible over time. In fact they sometimes eventually fade to thin white lines that are barely noticeable.
What are the risks of complications involved?
In general, breast reduction is a safe and predictable procedure. However, as with any type of surgery, there are certain risks that can include infection, bleeding or permanent loss of sensation in the breast and nipple. The ability to breastfeed may also be affected, since many of the milk ducts leading to the nipples are removed during surgery.
A rare complication of breast reduction surgery is the development of small sores around the nipples which can be treated with antibiotic creams. An even rarer complication is the loss of blood supply to the nipple and areola. However, the possibility of such problems is diminished by strictly following your surgeon’s advice.