Breast Reduction is a procedure that, as the name implies, reduces the size of the breast. Often times very large breasts can cause physical symptoms such as headache, back and neck pain. Women, and even sometimes men, that experience these physical symptoms opt to have breast reduction surgery performed.The Procedure
Breast reduction surgery can be done as an outpatient procedure. In some cases, an overnight stay at the hospital may be required.. General anesthesia is used to put the patient to sleep during the procedure. Typically breast reduction surgery takes 2-5 hours long.
A cut is made around the nipple then downward on the breast in the form of a keyhole. Extra skin, tissue, and fat is removed from your breasts, and then the nipple is repositioned to match the new size. Once this is done the breasts are stitched and gauze is placed over them. Wearing a surgical bra after the procedure may be recommended.
After breast reduction surgery
After breast reduction surgery, often feel tired and to have breast pain. This is normal. It is not uncommon for some people to have an emotional reaction, such as depression after the surgery. It is important to communicate with your doctor, so physical and emotional concerns can be addressed.
A good candidate for breast reduction would be:
- a woman whose breasts are disproportionately large.
- a woman who is experiencing headaches, back and/or neck pain due to breast size.
Downtime After the Breast Reduction SurgeryIt is recommended that patients take at least one week off from work or school for breast reduction surgery. Each patient is different. It is important to work with the surgeon for instructions on follow up appointments for removing bandages and stitches. No heavy physical activity should be done within the first month after surgery.
Side Effects Associated with Breast Reductions
- Scars are a normal side effect of breast reduction surgery.
- Skin grafts may be required if the nipple doesn't heal well
- If you feel you might have an infection
- If you see redness, tenderness or unusual swelling at the surgical site
- If you have a fever
- If you have any unusual discharge from the incision site
- If any of the stitches come out before removal time