In this article below, highly skilled and qualified consultant oncoplastic breast surgeon, Mr Will Sarakbi, talks about breast reduction surgery at length, including what breast reduction surgery entails, as well as the associated risks and benefits with the operation.
What is breast reduction surgery?
Breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammaplasty, is a surgical procedure that removes excess breast fat, glandular tissue, and skin to achieve a breast size that is more proportionate to the body. This procedure is typically performed on women who have large breasts that cause physical discomfort, such as back, neck, and shoulder pain, or skin irritation under the breasts.
How is a breast reduction performed?
The surgery is performed under general anesthesia and usually takes between two to three hours. The surgeon makes an incision around the areola and down to the breast crease and across the bottom of the breast (anchor shaped scar). Then, the surgeon removes the excess tissue and skin.
The nipple and areola are then repositioned to a higher position on the breast. The incisions are closed using an absorbable (dissolvable) suture.
What are the benefits of breast reduction surgery?
Breast reduction surgery can have a significant impact on a woman’s quality of life. It can alleviate physical discomfort, improve self-esteem, and increase the ability to participate in physical activities.
What are the associated risks?
Like any other type of surgery, it carries risks. These include bleeding, infection, swelling, scarring, loss of nipple sensation, and inability to breastfeed.
What does recovery from breast reduction surgery entail?
After the surgery, patients are advised to wear a surgical bra for several weeks to support the breasts during the healing process. They should avoid strenuous activities for at least six weeks and follow the surgeon’s instructions for optimal post-operative care.
Who should avoid breast reduction surgery?
Breast reduction surgery is not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, as it can interfere with milk production.
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