What Is a Breast Reduction?
Breast reduction surgery is a technique that removes excess glandular tissue, breast fat, and skin to achieve a breast size that is more proportionate to the body. Large breasts can cause a wide variety of physical and emotional issues, along with discomfort when wearing certain kinds of clothes.
Good Candidates for Breast Reduction
Large and heavy breasts, apart from causing health issues, can hinder your appearance and cause problems with leading an active lifestyle. If you have any of the following, you may be right for a breast reduction:
• The weight of your breasts causes pain in your back, neck, and shoulders.
• Bra straps have caused a painful dent in your shoulder.
• The skin below your breasts is irritated and has rashes.
• Your breasts have affected your posture.
• Your large breasts make you feel self-conscious in social situations.
• You do not smoke.
• Your physical health is good.
• You have realistic expectations.
Preparations for Breast Reduction
Before coming in for the procedure, you will need to come in for a consultation. During this consultation, you will talk to your surgeon and gather all the vital information you need regarding the surgery. You will also have to do the following things before the procedure:
• Get a medical test and evaluation (during your consultation).
• If requested by your surgeon, change the medications you take, and avoid medications such as aspirin that can increase bleeding.
• Get a breast mammogram, which will help to compare with future mammograms to detect changes in breast tissue.
• If you smoke, stop smoking well in advance.
Breast Reduction Surgery – The Procedure
Breast reduction surgery is performed through incisions on the breasts. This surgery is performed under general anesthesia for the patient’s safety and comfort.
Once general anesthesia has been given, your surgeon will perform incisions. Excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin will then be removed to provide a sculpted and smooth texture. The nipple-areolar complex is repositioned and resized as needed to ensure proper proportionality to the resized breasts. Your surgeon will close the incisions using sutures, skin adhesives, or surgical tape.
After the Surgery
Once the surgery is complete, bandages will be used to dress the incisions. Some amount of swelling is common and to minimize this, your surgeon may recommend you wear a support bra or an elastic bandage during the healing process.
Your doctor will give you detailed instructions on taking proper care of your breasts after surgery. He will prescribe medicines to take orally or to apply in the treated area to aid healing and to reduce the risk of infection.
Setting Up Your Breast Reduction Consultation
Breast reduction surgery is a great way to remove all the excess weight from your breasts, which in turn addresses the physical and emotional issues you have been experiencing for far too long. To get started with your procedure, contact our office and schedule your helpful consultation. Skilled board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Conrad Tirre will be happy to help.