Reduction mammoplasty (breast reduction) is performed on patients from their early teens through their later years to alleviate the physical problem as well as the psychological burden of large breasts. This operation reduces the size of the breast by removing breast tissue and provides an uplift of the breast itself.
If you suffer from neck, shoulder, or back pain as a result of heavy breasts, a Breast Reduction (Reduction Mammaplasty) could bring you life-changing relief. This surgery improves function and appearance. Clothing fits better, and your figure is more proportionate. In some cases, insurance companies might cover the cost of the procedure.
Planning for your breast reduction procedure begins at your consultation when your surgeon assesses the condition of your skin and measures your breasts. Ultimately, the physical assessment combined with your cosmetic goals determines the best path to take for surgery.
Breast reduction patients are among the most satisfied with their results. You are a good breast reduction candidate if you: are in good overall health, are bothered by your breasts’ appearance, are unable to participate in enjoyable physical activities, suffer from irritated skin beneath your breast crease, or have areolas that are enlarged because of stretched skin.
The breast reduction is usually performed as an outpatient procedure in a private surgery centre. Depending on the amount of tissue to be removed, the operation may take anywhere from 2 to 5 hours.
The incisions usually create an inverted “T” formation on the breast, which means that there is a horizontal incision along the breast crease and a vertical incision from the crease to the bottom of the areola. An incision around the areolas may also be necessary. Vertical reduction mammoplasty is a technique that has gained some popularity, as it requires fewer incisions. This technique is not sufficient for all patients, however. During your consultation, the Precision surgeon will let you know what incisions they recommend for you.
After the incisions are created, the excess breast tissue, fat, and skin can be lifted, reduced, repositioned, and reshaped for a more proportionate appearance. While the nipples and areolas usually stay attached to the blood vessels and nerves, on occasion, they will have to be removed to be repositioned higher. This will result in the loss of sensation and additional scarring or pigmentation changes.
Sutures that are placed deep within the underlying tissues of the breasts helps each holds their new, higher shape and smaller size for long-lasting results. For patients with excess amounts of fat without skin excess, the surgeon may utilize liposuction to contour the breasts.
The new size, shape, and weight of your breasts will be evident instantaneously. The patient is usually wrapped in elastic compression bandages and a surgical bra during the breast augmentation recovery period. You will need to wear the bra for four weeks, 24 hours a day, until the swelling of the breasts resolves. Some bruising, swelling, and discomfort are expected after surgery. Swelling is usually the last side effect to go away completely.
After 2-3 weeks, the sutures will be removed by the Precision Medical team, and scarring will continue to fade for up to one year. The outcome of treatment is beautifully shaped breasts that should help lessen the pain, discomfort, and/or dissatisfaction that was previously felt with the overly large breasts. Although not a permanent solution to aging and gravity, reduction surgery will help patients attain smaller, lighter breasts that provide better overall proportion to the body. You will be able to determine your final bra size within about 6-8 weeks.