Breast Reduction or Reduction Mammaplasty is designed for women who would prefer to reduce the size of their breast due to a variety of medical and personal issues. These may include excessive weight, back and neck pain, skin irritation, skeletal deformities and even breathing problems in extreme cases. The desired outcome of a Breast Reduction is to give smaller, better-shaped breasts more in proportion with the rest of the body.
Breast Reduction surgery is commonly performed for physical relief, but usually provides marked cosmetic improvement as well. Most women who have this type of surgery are troubled by large breasts that restrict their daily activities and/or cause them physical discomfort. In most cases, Breast Reduction isn’t performed until a woman’s breasts are fully developed; however, it can be done earlier if large breasts are causing serious physical discomfort.
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Having decided you would like to learn more about the benefits of Breast Reduction surgery, you are welcome to make an appointment with Mr Howard Klein for an in-depth discussion and evaluation regarding the details of the procedure and your suitability for this type of surgery.
This initial consultation will include taking into consideration your health and wellbeing as well as deciding which surgical techniques are the most appropriate for you based on your current breast condition. During this session the full procedure will be explained in detail. This will include potential risks, the limitations of this type of surgery, type of anesthesia, the facility where the surgery will be performed and the costs involved.
During the consultation your surgeon will examine and measure your breasts, this will include photographing them for reference during surgery and afterwards. The variables that may affect the procedure such as your age, the size and shape of your breasts, and the condition of your skin will also be discussed as well as where the nipple and areola will be positioned.
It is important to be specific about your expectations during your initial consultation; patients and physicians may have a different view of what is a desirable size and shape for your breast. Don’t hesitate to ask any questions you may have during this process especially those around your expectations and concerns about the final results.
It is also important to disclose any previous medical conditions, complications and/or issues that you are aware of during this consultation and to let the doctor know if you smoke or are taking any medications, vitamins, or other drugs.
*Please be aware that many health insurance policies do not cover the cost of Breast Reduction surgery.
Breast Reduction surgery is generally performed as an inpatient procedure at a hospital. This may require a stay of between one to three nights in hospital.
Breast Reduction is almost always performed under general anesthesia. This means you will be asleep through the entire operation.
Breast Reductions are not simple operations, but are normally considered safe when performed by a qualified plastic surgeon. Nevertheless, as with any surgery, there is always a possibility of complications, including bleeding, infection, or reaction to the anesthesia. To reduce the risk of any complications it is important to closely follow your surgeon’s advice both before and after surgery.
Techniques for Breast Reduction vary, but the most common procedure involves an anchor-shaped incision that circles the areola that extends downward and follows the natural curve of the crease beneath the breast.
Excess glandular tissue, fat, and skin are removed along with moving the nipple and areola into their new position. Skin from both sides of the breast are brought down and around the areola, shaping the new contour of the breast. Liposuction may be used to remove excess fat from the armpit area.
In most cases, the nipples remain attached to their blood vessels and nerves. Stitches are usually located around the areola, in a vertical line extending downward, and along the lower crease of the breast. The surgery itself usually takes 2 to 4 hours.
The procedure results in making the breast smaller, lighter, and firmer and can also be used to reduce the size of the areola (the darker skin surrounding the nipple).
|A. Heavy breasts can lead to physical discomfort, a variety of medical problems, shoulder indentations due to tight bra straps, and extreme self-consciousness.|
|B. Incisions outline the area of skin, breast tissue, and fat to be removed and the new position for the nipple.|
|C. Skin formerly located above the nipple is brought down and together to reshape the breast. Sutures close the incisions, giving the breast it’s new contour.|
|D. Scars around the areola, below it, and in the crease under the breast are permanent, but can be easily concealed by clothing.|
|E. With smaller, better proportioned breasts, you’ll feel more comfortable and your clothes will fit better.|
After surgery it is important to be realistic in your expectations, your breasts will have a small tube placed in each to drain off blood and fluids for the first day or two. You will feel some discomfort for the first couple of days and up to a week after surgery, especially when you move around and/or cough. Discomfort and pain can be managed with prescribed medication. Stitches will need to be removed after a week or two.
As an inpatient you will be required to stay in hospital under care for at least one night, sometimes more. You will not be able to drive yourself home afterwards so it is best to organise someone to transport and care for you for the few days following the surgery.
Although you may be up and about in a day or two, your breasts may still ache occasionally for a couple of weeks. You should avoid lifting or pushing anything heavy for two to four weeks. Most women can return to work (if it’s not too strenuous) and social activities in about one week – you will be given detailed instructions for resuming normal activities from your surgeon.
Of all plastic surgery procedures, Breast Reduction results in the quickest body-image changes. You’ll be rid of the physical discomfort of large breasts, your body will look better proportioned, and clothes will fit you better straight after surgery.
Although much of the swelling and bruising will disappear in the first few weeks, it may be six months to a year before your breasts settle into their new shape. Even then, their shape may fluctuate in response to your hormonal shifts, weight changes, and pregnancy.
While every effort will be made to make your scars as inconspicuous as possible, it is important to remember that Breast Reduction scars are extensive and permanent. They may remain lumpy and red for months, gradually becoming less obvious, sometimes eventually fading to thin white lines over time.
However, as much as you may have desired these changes, be aware it will take time for you to adjust to this new self-image. Be patient with yourself and keep in mind why you had this surgery and you’ll be pleased with the results.