Women who suffer from excessively large breasts often experience pain on a daily basis. While breast reduction surgery can eliminate the pain and embarrassment that comes with overly large breasts, there are possible risks to the procedure. Women who are interested in breast reduction surgery need to be aware of the possible risks and complications associated with the treatment, and should determine if the surgery, an expertise for the surgeons at the Breast Reduction Center of Excellence, is the proper course of treatment for them.
Possible Risks of Breast Reduction Surgery
Like all surgeries, breast reduction surgery (otherwise known as reduction mammoplasty) carries certain risks. It’s important that women understand and accept these risks before committing to the surgery. Here are some of the most common side effects and complications of breast reduction surgery.
Scarring is perhaps the most common risk of breast reduction surgery. Thankfully, due to the small size of the surgical incision, scarring is minimal and can even fade over time. Scars may appear red and swollen immediately after the surgery has been performed, though this is only temporary and visibility fades quickly. Though these scars will never go away completely, they can be easily hidden by swimwear and bras.
Lingering Pain After Surgery
For a few weeks after surgery, patients may experience swollen and tender breasts, accompanied by occasional soreness and discomfort. These are normal complications from breast reduction surgery and are to be expected by most patients. Surgeons may prescribe pain medication to alleviate any additional pain experienced by patients after breast reduction surgery.
Reduced Sensation of the Nipples
In some cases, women who go through breast reduction surgery may experience a dulled or reduced sensation of the nipples and areola. However, our expert surgeons take the proper steps necessary to ensure the utmost care and safety of their patients at all times.
Safely Recovering From Breast Reduction Surgery
Breast reduction surgery is done in an outpatient surgery center, free from the bacteria and disease that can accompany normal hospitals. As such, the procedure itself is undeniably safer that those performed at hospitals. The surgery itself is quick, easy, and most importantly, safe. Patients are placed under anesthesia during breast reduction surgery, so they will be “asleep” the entire duration of the procedure. And after the procedure has been performed, patients are allowed to leave the facility in as little as a few hours.
As with all surgeries, patients must take proper care of themselves after leaving the outpatient facility. Fortunately, recovery time from breast reduction surgery is minimal and easy as long as you keep a few important rules in mind.
Be Accompanied by an Adult
Because a patient is placed under anesthesia during breast reduction surgery, surgeons advise that patients bring a friend or loved one to drive them home after the procedure has been performed. Surgeons also recommend that this person take care of the patient in the hours immediately following the surgery. After a few hours, the patient should be fully alert and able to take care of herself, though additional help is always welcomed!
Don’t Engage in Strenuous Activities
For a few weeks after the procedure, surgeons recommend that patients refrain from any heavy lifting or any other physically demanding task. Any unnecessary strain or pressure applied to the breasts can negatively affect their healing and appearance. To be completely safe, please do not engage in activities such as sports, running, or aerobics. After healing completely, these tasks can become a part of normal everyday life, but until then, safety dictates that patients abstain from any arduous exercise or work.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How long does breast reduction surgery take? Is it painful?
A: The length of time it takes to perform breast reduction surgery varies from patient to patient. Generally, however, most procedures are performed in anywhere from two to six hours. And because patients are sedated during the procedure, there will no discomfort.
Q: Is there anything I should do to prepare for the surgery?
A: Before a breast reduction surgery, it’s generally advised that patients stop smoking or taking any anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements. Before the surgery, some women might be asked to get a mammogram and complete various lab tests.
Q: Does my insurance cover reduction mammoplasty?
A: Breast reduction surgery is usually considered a reconstructive surgery, a form of surgery usually covered by insurance companies. However, policies and rules vary from company to company, so it’s critical that a patient review the procedures covered under their insurance.
Contact a Breast Reduction Surgeon Today
If you feel as if breast reduction surgery will benefit you, and if you understand and accept the risks that come with the procedure, please contact the Breast Reduction Center of Excellence in Los Angeles today. Our expert surgeons are devoted to providing patients with the help they need at an affordable cost and in a safe environment. If you would like to schedule an appointment, or if you have any questions about breast reduction surgery, please contact us at (888) 391-5720 or fill out our online form.
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