What is Breast Reduction Surgery?
Breast reduction surgery is an excellent option for women who are looking to get a more pleasing shape to their own breasts or who are suffering from some discomfort or issues due to overly large breasts. This kind of surgery can help create a more proportional look to the body and improve the appearance of the breasts.
This surgery is also known as reduction mammaplasty. It involves removing tissue from the breasts, usually through a combination of liposuction and lifting techniques. This can create not only a more pleasing aesthetic appearance, but for some women it can mean a reduction in actual pain and discomfort that can come from having breasts that are too large.
Common problems that these women experience include back pain, neck pain, marks and sometimes even scarring from bra straps, numbness in the hands and fingers, even migraine headaches and shortness of breath. Everyday life and activities can be difficult, from being able to exercise to simply sitting comfortably at a desk. If these kinds of problems sound familiar to you, breast reduction surgery may be able to help.
The surgery will be done in a hospital or here in our South Texas surgical center. Your plastic surgeon will determine what is the best option for you. There are different surgical incision techniques that can be used in breast reduction, and which one is ultimately used for you will be determined by both your surgeon and the extent of your reduction.
Once the incision is made, the tissue of the breast will be reduced, reshaped, and lifted (in some cases). Your areola circumference may also be reduced, For women who are having this kind of surgery on particularly large breasts or breasts that have suffered from excess sagging as a result of the weight of the tissue, it may be necessary to remove and reposition the nipple and areola. There will also be some visible scarring from breast reduction surgery, but these scars are easily hidden by a bra or bathing suit, and are likely to fade and become less noticeable over time.
Recovering from your reduction will take some time. Normal activities can usually be resumed within a couple of weeks, but more strenuous activities will likely have to be put off for up to six weeks. You will be given special post-operative care instructions by your plastic surgeon, so healing can occur safely and swiftly once you leave the hospital or surgical center. There will be dressings and bandages in place to protect the incisions, and you may be wearing an elastic bandage or a special support bra to support your breasts and keep swelling and discomfort to a minimum. Your surgeon will give you all the detailed instructions that you need to follow during recovery so that potential problems can be avoided.
To learn more about breast reduction surgery and whether you are a good candidate for it, call our office today.