What Can You Expect From a Breast Reduction Procedure?

What Can You Expect From a Breast Reduction Procedure?

A reduction mammaplasty, also known as a breast reduction procedure, is a type of surgery which is typically talked about less frequently than breast augmentation. Nevertheless, for those that are unhappy with the shape or size of their breasts, it’s a procedure which can be transformative. A reduction mammoplasty can provide more benefits than just removing excess breast tissue. For example, issues such as sagging skin and asymmetry can also be corrected during the procedure.

Here’s a closer look at what a reduction mammoplasty involves and how it can help with large breasts.

How Can a Breast Reduction Help?

Breasts which are disproportionate to the rest of the body can cause physical symptoms as well as psychological distress. Breast reduction surgery provides a practical solution to alleviate the pain and discomfort caused by the weight and shape of a woman’s chest. Common issues caused by large breasts include back, neck and shoulder pain which can be exacerbated by postural problems. Some women also feel embarrassed about the size and/or the shape of their breasts which can lead to its own difficulties.

A reduction mammaplasty can change both the shape and size of the breasts, remove stretched skin and reposition the areola. Any asymmetry between the two sides can be evened out and the breasts can be moved into a more lifted position. The end result is breasts which are equal in size, sit higher up on the chest and are proportional to the body. This can eradicate musculoskeletal pain and give the woman much more confidence in her appearance.

What Happens During the Procedure?

A reduction mammaplasty is carried out under a general anaesthetic and can take between 90 minutes and three hours. The length of the procedure depends on whether one or two breasts are being operated on and the amount of tissue being removed.
The incision is typically made in a T-shape, moving downwards from the areola. A circle incision is also made around the areola to allow for repositioning.  The breast tissue that is retained will be reshaped into the desired size and position and any excess removed. Stretched, saggy and surplus skin will also be taken away before the breast is stitched into its new position.

What is the Recovery Process?

Following the breast reduction procedure, stitches will be in place to promote healing and there will be some discomfort and tenderness over the area. This normally subsides significantly within 48 hours and can be easily managed with pain relief.
Some loss of sensation in the nipple area may occur but this is usually only temporary and resolves within a week. A special bra to support the healing tissue will need to be worn. The duration of this will depend on the surgery performed but is usually between two to three months.  Most women are able to return to work and other normal activities within one week.

Will the Changes Take Place Instantly?

Immediately after the surgery, the breasts will look smaller, more lifted and in proportion to the body. It can take up to six months for the optimal results of the reduction mammaplasty to become evident.  However, with the lighter weight and excess tissue removed, the strain on the neck, back and shoulders will be obvious straight away. Standing up straight will be easier and strenuous physical activities and sports which may have been uncomfortable before will be possible (after seven days of recovery).

Every reduction mammaplasty is carried out to meet an individual’s specific requirements and a consultation with Dr Scamp beforehand makes sure that you get the exact results you want. For further information about breast reduction procedures in Brisbane, get in touch with Dr Scamp. Make an appointment or enquiry, today.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you have the option to seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner. Results may vary.

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