What is breast reduction surgery?

 

Breast reduction or reduction mammoplasty, is a procedure to remove excess breast fat, glandular tissue and skin to achieve a breast size in proportion with your body and to alleviate the discomfort associated with overly large breasts.

 

Choosing a plastic surgeon :

 

When choosing a board certified plastic surgeon for breast reduction, remember that the surgeon's experience and your comfort with him or her are just as important as the final breast reduction costs.

Breast reduction and health insurance

Many health insurance plans cover breast reduction surgery.

If your health plan does not cover breast reduction, you may decide to pay for the surgery yourself.

 

Breast reduction candidates

 

Overly large breasts can cause health and emotional problems. In addition to self-image issues, you may also experience physical pain and discomfort.

The weight of excess breast tissue can impair your ability to lead an active life. The emotional discomfort and self-consciousness often associated with having large pendulous breasts can be as important an issue as the physical discomfort and pain.

 

Candidates for breast reduction surgery:

  • Physically healthy person
  • Person having realistic expectations
  • No smoking
  • Are bothered by feeling that your breasts are too large
  • Large breasts that limit your physical activity
  • Back, neck and shoulder pain caused by the weight of your breasts
  • Shoulder indentations from bra straps
  • Skin irritation/infection beneath the breast crease

 

 

Breast reduction recovery

 

Hospitalisation: 12 to36 hours

Dressings: 5 to 7 days

Restriction of activity involving upper chest/shoulder: 1 to 2 weeks.

Wearing Sport Bra: 3 to 4 weeks.

 

When your breast reduction procedure is complete, dressings or bandages will be applied to the incisions. An elastic bandage or support bra may be worn to minimize swelling and support the breasts as they heal.

A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect.

 

Results

 

Reduction mammoplasty will give you a  long-lasting results. Reduced breast size & better shape should help relieve you from the pain and physical limitations experienced prior to breast reduction. The better proportioned figure  of your body will likely enhance your self-image and boost your self-confidence.

However, over time your breasts can change due to aging, weight fluctuations, hormonal factors and gravity

 

Breast reduction procedure steps

 

Breast reduction surgery involves  incisions on your breasts with surgical removal of the excess fat, glandular tissue and skin. Liposuction may be done in conjunction with the excision techniques.

 If breast size is largely due to fatty tissue and excess skin is not a factor, liposuction alone may be used in the procedure for breast reduction.

The technique used to reduce the size of your breasts will be determined by your individual condition, breast composition, amount of reduction desired, your personal preferences and the surgeon's advice.

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