Well developed breasts enhance woman’s beauty. But the same breasts sometimes grow disproportionately large and become a reason for chronic pain and embarrassment. In such a condition a breast reduction surgery (reduction mammoplasty) can help by bringing large breasts to normal size.
A Breast reduction surgery results in the removal of excess breast fat, glandular tissue and skin to achieve a breast size in proportion with your body and to alleviate the discomfort associated with overly large breasts. The procedure also helps making the breasts lighter and firmer, thus boosting the self esteem & confidence of a woman & giving her relief from feelings of self-consciousness and embarrassment.
Who is a good candidate for breast reduction surgery & in what circumstances this surgery should be avoided?
Women who feel that their breasts are disproportionately large, or who suffer from pain or discomfort due to their ample breast size are candidates for the procedure. Additionally, women with asymmetrical breasts are good candidates.
If your physical or mental health doesn’t allow you to undergo any surgery you should avoid opting for a reduction mammoplasty. Also women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or plan to have a child soon are advised not to opt for breast reduction surgery.
When are the results noticeable & how long do these results last?
You should notice the difference in breast volume immediately. If the procedure was due to back pain associated with very large breasts, pain relief is usually immediate. After the swelling subsides, you will begin to notice a difference in the compact appearance of your breasts.
The breast reduction surgery results last forever. However, if the patient gains a significant amount of weight, becomes pregnant, or takes certain hormones or medications, the breasts may increase in size again.
What are the major risks and complications of breast reduction surgery?
While breast reduction surgery is considered a safe procedure, there are some potential complications that could occur, as with any surgery, such as bleeding, hematoma, negative reaction to anesthesia, or scarring. Other possible problems include a change in nipple or breast sensation, inability to breastfeed, asymmetrical breasts, or uneven nipples.
How long does breast reduction recovery take?
Resuming normal activities varies from patient to patient. Some women feel comfortable returning to work or school after a few days, and some may want to wait up to two weeks. Physical activity such as exercise should be avoided for up to six weeks following the surgery to prevent scarring or delayed healing.
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