Breast Reduction

Breast Reduction

Breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammoplasty, is a procedure used to remove excess fat, tissue and skin from the breasts. If you have large breasts, you might choose to have breast reduction surgery to ease discomfort or to achieve a breast size proportionate to your body. Breast reduction surgery might also help improve your self-image and your ability to participate in physical activities.

Why it's done

Breast reduction surgery is meant for women who have large breasts and want to resolve issues such as : • Chronic back, neck and shoulder pain that requires pain medications • Chronic rash or skin irritation under the breasts • Nerve pain • Restricted activity • Poor self-image related to large breasts • Difficulty fitting into bras and clothing

The specific technique used to reduce the size of your breasts can vary. The procedure might include:
• Surgery through incisions
• Liposuction to remove the excess fat in your breasts

Immediately after surgery:

• Your breasts will be covered with a gauze dressing or bandages
• A tube might be placed under each arm to drain any excess blood or fluid
• You likely will take medication for pain and antibiotics, to decrease your risk of infection

For the first days or week after surgery:

• Your breasts will probably feel tender and sensitive
• Your breasts might be swollen and bruised
• Your surgeon might recommend an elastic compression bra to protect the breasts
After that:
• You’ll need to limit physical activity for two to four weeks while the breasts heal
• Your surgeon might suggest avoiding underwire bras for a few months after surgery
Scarring usually fades over time. You will need a follow-up visit with your surgeon to remove stitches and check your recovery.

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Successful breast reduction surgery can relieve pain in your upper back, neck and shoulders. It might also increase your ability to participate in physical activities and promote a more positive self-image.Although you’ll see results immediately, remember that it can take months for the swelling to completely go down and the surgical scars to fade. The final result is generally permanent — although breast shape and size can change due to factors such as aging and weight gain or loss.