Breast reduction surgery, also known as Reduction Mammoplasty is a surgical procedure that reduces the breast volume to procure smaller, aesthetically shaped breasts. The reduction surgery involves removing excess fat, tissue, skin and repositioning the areola (nipple), while lifting the breasts to attain the desired size and shape.
Some common manifestations of large disfigured breasts include pain, rashes, difficulty in exercising and lack in confidence. If you are considering breast reduction surgery, here is all you need to know before scheduling an appointment with an expert surgeon.
What is breast reduction surgery?
Reduction mammoplasty is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that requires 3-4 hours and can be performed on a day-care facility by an expert surgeon. This surgery is performed under general anesthesia. The most common approach to breast reduction surgery is the ‘keyhole’ method where a T-shaped incision is created on the breast. Excess fat, tissue and sagging skin is removed and the areola/nipple is lifted to attain perkier breasts. The incisions are closed using sutures or skin adhesives. The type of procedure for reduction mammoplasty depends on various factors like the volume of the breasts, the amount of skin sagging to be corrected, the repositioning of the nipple etc. Discuss various surgical options for your condition and weigh your option thoroughly with your surgeon.
Is Reduction Mammoplasty suitable for you?
You are a candidate for reduction mammoplasty if the following symptoms are applicable to you:
- You suffer from backache or shoulder pain due to large, sagging breasts
- Persistent severe rashes under your breasts
- Severe grooves on your shoulders due to bra straps
- Oversized breasts as compared to the body
- Disproportionate breasts or one larger than the other
- Difficulty in leading a normal life and active life
- Lack of confidence and uncomfortable self-image
Breast reduction can be performed at any age but surgeons recommend waiting until breast development has completely stopped after puberty. To understand what size is right for you, one must communicate the goals of the surgery with an expert.
What to ask your surgeon?
During your consultation with your surgeon, get to know the pros and cons of the surgery. The most common limitation of Reduction Mammoplasty is the scarring caused due to the incisions. The intensity of the scarring is different for every woman and some amount of scarring may always be visible on the breasts. You need to thoroughly discuss the desired size and shape of your breasts and a radical approach should be maintained. Some post-operative complications include temporary/permanent loss of nipple sensation, structural irregularities, skin pigmentation, pain and difficulty during breastfeeding
The key to success after the breast reduction surgery lies in careful implementation of the surgeon’s instructions. You are likely to be sore after the surgery during the healing process. Your doctor will suggest the right kind of support bra that should be worn post-surgery. You may be advised to sleep on your back to avoid extra pressure or abrasion. Strenuous activities and exercising should be put on hold till you receive a go-ahead from your doctor.