Women who suffer from excessively large breasts can develop a wealth of issues. Back pains, neck aches, and impaired breathing are just some of the physical ways large breasts can adversely affect health. But these women also endure emotional pain as well. Their large breasts can hinder their self-esteem and ruin their body image. At the Breast Reduction Center of Excellence in Los Angeles, our surgeons are experts in conducting breast reduction surgery, a procedure which minimizes and eliminates the complications associated with large breasts.
As with all surgeries, women who undergo breast reduction surgery need to be aware of the potential risks and complications that follow reduction mammoplasty, commonly called breast reduction surgery. Though simply a minimally-invasive, outpatient procedure, there are possible precautions, risks, and expectations that need to be taken into account before undergoing breast reduction surgery.
How to Prepare for Breast Reduction Surgery
Even though breast reduction surgery is a quick and safe procedure, patients may be in slight to moderate amounts of discomfort after the surgery has been performed. To help alleviate any potential sources of pain while recovering from the surgery, our doctors recommend that patients keep the following objects at home in preparation for possible after-surgery complications.
- Ice to place on the breasts to reduce any possible swelling that may occur
- Loose-fitting shirts and blouses
- Any creams or ointments recommended by your surgeon
Ideally, a woman should be in good physical shape before undergoing breast reduction surgery. Our doctors also recommend that a woman refrain from smoking or taking certain medications before and after the surgery.
What to Expect From Breast Reduction Surgery
During breast reduction surgery, patients are placed under general anesthesia, essentially meaning that they are “asleep” during the procedure. The end goal of the surgery, namely, reducing the size, weight, and shape of the breasts, is accomplished by removing excess fat and skin tissue from a patient’s breasts. If necessary, surgeons will also reposition the patient’s nipple. In some cases, if breasts are extremely large and droopy, the nipple and areola may be removed and then reattached at a higher point on the breast. Due to differences in each individual patient, the surgery time can vary anywhere from two to six hours.
Recovery After Breast Reduction Surgery
Patients who choose breast reduction surgery have to deal with very little recovery time. Because the surgery is an outpatient procedure, patients are able to return home a few hours after reduction mammoplasty has been performed. However, it’s ideal if the patient brings a friend or loved one with them to the surgery. Not only as emotional support, but as a way to safely return home after the procedure is over.
It’s recommended that patients wait at least a week before returning to work. During breast reduction recovery patients should also abstain from any physical activities that may cause additional pain in the breasts. Any demanding or strenuous actions should be avoided until well after the breasts have completely healed, such as running, heavy lifting, or exercising. Breasts may remain tender or swollen for weeks, and sometimes months, after the surgery. To deal with this pain, a doctor may prescribe various forms of pain medication.
Possible Risks and Complications of Breast Reduction Surgery
All surgeries run the risk of having side effects, and reduction mammoplasty is no exception. Perhaps the most common is the scarring that inevitably occurs after the procedure. Though initially red and swollen immediately after breast reduction surgery, these scars will slowly fade over time, becoming less and less noticeable as time goes by. Though they will never disappear completely, the scars are easily hidden by bras and swimwear, allowing women to maintain their newfound confidence in social situations.
In some extreme cases, a skin graft may be required due to inadequate healing of the nipples and areola. If you feel as if your breasts are not healing normally, or if you are experiencing any forms of discharge after the procedure, please contact your doctor immediately.
In addition, surgeons recommend that any patient recovering from breast reduction surgery refrain from any heavy lifting for, at minimum, a few weeks after the procedure. Any unnecessary pressure or strain placed upon the breasts could cause the stitches to come out before scheduled, or cause the breasts to heal incorrectly.
Breast Reduction Surgery Results
Women who undergo reduction mammoplasty report having a newfound sense of confidence and a positive body image. No longer the recipient of unwanted stares or attention, these women are happy to have breasts well-proportioned to their body frame. Most women who choose to go through with breast reduction surgery claim that they would do it again if they had to, and choose to recommend the procedure to others as well.
Contact Our Expert Breast Reduction Surgeons
Here at the Breast Reduction Center of Excellence in Los Angles, our surgeons are experts in performing reduction mammoplasty. If your breasts are causing you neck pain, back aches, or any other physical ailments, then it may be necessary to schedule an appointment for breast reduction surgery today. Call the Breast Reduction Center of Excellence at (888) 391-5720 or fill out our online form to make an appointment, schedule a consultation, or to ask any questions you may have about reduction mammoplasty.
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