Breast reduction, or reduction mammoplasty, is designed for women who experience medical problems due to uncomfortably large breasts. Problems may include back and neck pain, skin irritation, skeletal deformities, and breathing problems. Although the procedure is typically used to alleviate medical problems, it can also help women who feel self-conscious about the size of their breasts.
The Breast Reduction Surgery
Breast reduction is performed in a hospital or surgery center as an outpatient or with an overnight stay. The most common procedure involves the surgeon removing excess glandular tissue, fat, and skin and adjusts the nipple to its new position. Not only is the breast reduced in size, but it is lifted and reshaped as well. Cessation of all nicotine products is strongly urged three weeks pre and post operatively. Smoking before or following surgery increases the visibility of scarring and causes problems with healing. The procedure itself takes approximately two hours and is done under a general anesthetic.
After Breast Reduction Surgery
Once the surgery is complete, a surgical bra is worn to provide comfort and support. Drains are removed the morning after surgery. Stitches are buried and will dissolve on their own. Patients may experience minor pain in the days following the surgery, although this subsides in seven to 10 days. Most women can return to work after two weeks.