Women who choose to undergo breast reduction surgery, otherwise known as reduction mammoplasty, are eager to relieve themselves of the pain and discomfort that comes with having excessively large breasts. Here at the Breast Reduction Center of Excellence, our expert surgeons are dedicated to providing patients with the best, most effective care possible. Nevertheless, patients need to understand and accept and be aware of the potential risks and complications associated with breast reduction surgery, namely the scarring that occurs after the procedure.
Scarring After Breast Surgery
As with all surgeries, scarring is a normal side effect of breast reduction surgery. However, Jimmy S. Firouz MD, a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon at La Peer Medical Health Systems, does all he can to leave patients with scars that are as invisible as possible. He does this through several methods. First, Dr. Firouz’s gentle and minimally invasive approach leads to less damage of the surrounding tissue. Secondly, his incisions are small, leading to reduced scarring with the added benefit of a shorter recovery time!
Scars may initially appear red and inflamed directly after breast reduction surgery has been performed, but, thanks to Dr. Firouz’s careful work, will quickly reduce in brightness and intensity. Luckily, the scarring that occurs during breast reduction surgery is relatively minimal and will gradually fade over time.
Though the scars will never disappear completely, there are a few easy ways to reduce the visibility of scars on the breasts. First, refrain from any heavy lifting or strenuous activities in the weeks following your breast reduction surgery. In addition to causing inadequate healing of the breasts, heavy lifting can make scars worse. Secondly, women find that their scars are very easily hidden by bras and swimwear, meaning that they can engage in social activities without feeling self-conscious or embarrassed.
Despite the very real risk of scars, women who have undergone breast reduction surgery are typically very satisfied with the results. In fact, most women report that they would undergo the surgery again if needed, and would recommend the procedure to others who suffer from large breasts.
In addition to scarring, other risks of breast reduction surgery include:
- Reduced sensation in the nipple
- Allergic reaction to the materials used in the surgery
- Poor wound healing in certain patients.
As with all surgeries, it’s important to consult your surgeon before undergoing the procedure. During a consultation with your doctor, he or she can advise you on what the procedure involves, if you are a good candidate for the procedure, and enlighten you on the risks and benefits of the surgery.
Recovery After Breast Reduction Surgery
The best way to reduce visibility of scars is to follow proper procedure after you surgery has been performed. As mentioned, abstain from any physically demanding activities for a few weeks (sometimes even months) after your procedure. This can help scars from becoming any worse through undue strain.
Scarring is a normal part of all surgeries, not just breast reduction surgery. However, we at the Breast Reduction Center of Excellence feel as though the benefits of the procedure greatly outnumber the risks. The scars that result from the procedure are small and easily hidden. More importantly, however, is the sense of vitality and contentment that women experience after the procedure has been performed. For these women, minor scars are a worthwhile trade-off for the newfound sense of confidence they now possess.
Schedule a Breast Reduction Appointment Today
If you understand the potential risks that come with breast reduction surgery, but want to experience the joy and happiness that come with a comfortable set of breasts, please contact the Breast Reduction Center of Excellence in Los Angeles today. Our expert surgeons are devoted to providing patients with safe and effective treatment options. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please call (888) 391-5720 today or send us an email.
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