Breast Reduction

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Breast Reduction Overview

Breast reduction surgery will reduce the size and shape of large, drooping breasts. Women who have large breasts generally suffer from chronic back pain, headaches, indentations from bra straps, and often have trouble sleeping due to breathing problems caused by the strain and weight of their breasts. Because there are health problems and risks associated with drooping breasts, your insurance may cover part or all of the costs for breast reduction surgery. Large breasts are heavy and cumbersome making physical activities, sports and working out almost impossible. Immobility is an additional health risk and can result in weight gain. The additional difficulty of finding bras and clothes adds to the burden of your body shape. Many women wait years before having breast reduction surgery and often regret not having the procedure sooner. Breast reduction surgery can enhance your figure, restore your health and give you the ability to engage in a life of physical and social activity.

When you use 1800mySurgeon, you are assured of making an informed decision because all of our surgeons are prescreened and continually monitored. The qualified patient coordinators at 1800mySurgeon are prepared to help you find Breast Reduction Surgeons in your area, who specialize in breast reduction procedures, or we can provide a background check on any urgeon you choose.

Having Realistic Expectations for Breast Reduction Surgery

Having realistic expectations about how your body will change and how those changes will affect your life is important. It may take some time for you to adjust to the physical changes from breast reduction surgery. Disappointment may happen, especially if you believe  surgery will fix your life problems, save your marriage or cure depression. Having breast reduction surgery can enhance the shape and significantly reduce the size of your breasts. Alleviating health issues relating to large breasts and having a shapelier figure may boost your self-confidence, but it won’t change who you are or the way other people feel about you.

Questions to Ask Your Prospective Surgeon

Once you’ve made an appointment for a consultation, take the time to prepare a list of questions and concerns you want to address with your prospective surgeon. The consultation is your opportunity to assess the surgeon as much as it is their opportunity to determine your candidacy for the procedure. Take your time, be thorough and know that you are never required to commit to a procedure or a surgeon because you’ve had a consultation, even if the consultation is free.

Breast reduction surgery should be specifically tailored to your needs and desired goals. There are many different reduction techniques that offer certain benefits with varying types of scars. You want to make sure that you choose a surgeon whose work you admire, and who listens closely to your desired goals. You will be able to see the outcome of some of their surgeries by looking at before-and-after pictures. Have the surgeon explain the benefits of the procedure they recommend and why they feel this is the best option for you.

Make sure to speak to the anesthesiologist before you schedule a surgery, and inform them of any allergies or reactions you have to any medications. Make sure to tell both your surgeon and the anesthesiologist if you have any pre-existing medical conditions.

This list of information may help you compile your questions and may encourage you to do some further research on the many different aspects of breast reduction procedures:

  • Make sure you understand where the surgeon will make incisions, how much tissue and skin will be removed and how the scars will look.
  • Ask how the areola and nipple will be moved and placed on the reshaped breast.
  • If your surgeon suggests liposuction, ask about how this will affect your breast tissue.
  • If you have a significant amount of reduction, ask if you will need to stay in the hospital or in an after care facility.

If you’re consulting with a surgeon from 1800mySurgeon, you can rest assured that you will be meeting with a qualified Breast Reduction Surgeon. If you already have a surgeon in mind, our qualified patient coordinators can also perform a background check before you schedule your consultation. Most importantly, always trust your instincts during the consultation. The success of your surgical experience will be based on how you feel about the surgeon, the surgery, your recovery and your result

Breast Reduction Surgery Recovery

Breast reduction surgery tends to cause less pain than other breast enhancement surgeries because the skin and nerves have been stretched and are usually less sensitive. Any discomfort can be alleviated with medication. You may have drains placed around the sutures to help reduce swelling. Both the drains and sutures will be removed in 5 to 7 days.

Even with swelling, you will experience a substantial physical change immediately. You will feel tired and sore for the first 48 to 72 hours, but your chest will be much lighter, and you may experience relief of your headaches, back and neck pain as soon as you are conscious. The swelling and bruising will subside over the next few weeks.

You will need to avoid reaching or lifting of any kind for at least a week and for as long as two weeks. If you work and your job is not strenuous (no reaching or heavy lifting), you should be able to return to work after one week. If your job requires physical activity, you should wait two weeks before resuming a full work load.

You will need to wear a surgical bra for a few weeks to keep your breasts firmly in place. Wearing the surgical bra will also reduce the amount of pulling and stretching along the incision site which will help reduce the size of your scars.

Full physical recovery may take up to six weeks. During that time you will gradually regain strength of movement as your body heals. Your scars may take up to seven months to completely heal.

Breast Reduction Risks

Any surgical procedure carries certain risks and the possibility of complications, infection, and adverse reaction to the anesthesia.

During your consultation, you will want to ask your surgeon about the following risks from breast reduction surgery:

  • Is there a risk of significant blood loss?
  • What is the risk of infection at the incision site?
  • Is there any risk of losing nipple sensation?
  • If you are planning on breast feeding after your reduction, will there be any complications?

It is important to remember that no surgeon can guarantee your satisfaction with breast reduction surgery nor can they deny any risk factors. No matter how rarely risks occur, every surgery carries a certain amount of risk, and you have to decide for yourself if your potential desired result is worth the risk.

Long Term Results

You will experience an improvement in size and shape immediately following your procedure, even if there is swelling. Breast reduction surgery tends to be permanent though factors of weight and age can contribute to the breast continuing to sag. Taking good care of yourself and staying healthy will help preserve your results. If you are relatively young, you may need to consider a breast lift in the future.

Choosing Your Surgeon

At 1800mySurgeon, we are here to help you make an informed decision. One of the most important aspects for a successful outcome for your surgery is to choose the right surgeon, therefore all of our Plastic Surgeons are prescreened and continually monitored. We can help you find Breast Reduction Surgeons in your area, who specialize in breast reduction surgery, or we can provide a background check on any surgeon you choose.