Breast reduction surgery, also medically called reduction mammaplasty, is a surgical procedure carried out used to reduce the breast size by removing extra layers of excess fat, tissue and skin from the breasts.
Women who have exceptionally big breasts find it a matter of social embarrassment. Also, large breasts restrain women from participating in physical activities like running, dancing and other sports.
Therefore, women with large breasts may go for the breast reduction surgery in order to get a more uniform look to the body, and to get rid of embarrassment and discomfort, thereby increasing self-image and self-confidence.
Although breast reduction surgery is meant for women, however men having conditions such as gynecomastia which leads to enlargement of the male breasts may also opt for a breast reduction.
However, in order to get a breast reduction surgery, you would need to consult a board-certified plastic surgeon so as to know more about the Breast reduction surgery, its risks, complications, and how well your expectations from the surgery can be met.
Most women who get breast reduction are very satisfied with the results.
You may hold eligibility for a Breast reduction if you suffer from one or more of the following issues:
• Chronic rash or skin irritation under the breasts
• Chronic back, neck and shoulder pain
• Deep grooves in the shoulders from bra strap pressure
• Restrained activity
• Poor self-confidence due to large breasts
• A difficulty with bra and clothes fitting
• Difficulty sleeping
You may not be eligible for a Breast reduction if you:
• Have certain conditions such as diabetes or heart problems
• Are very obese
• Want to avoid scars on your breasts
• Are planning to get pregnant soon
• Are planning for a drastic weight loss.
Before the Breast reduction surgery, the plastic surgeon will inject you with general anaesthesia, so as to numb your breasts to ensure a painless procedure along with putting you to "sleep" during the procedure.
Breast reduction surgery may take up to a few hours depending on your breast size and other complications related to your body.
The plastic surgeon makes an incision around your areola (the ring of pigmented skin surrounding a nipple) and then towards the downside of the breast in the form of a keyhole.
The plastic surgeon removes excess breast tissue, fat and skin to reduce the size of each breast by using drainage tubes and then stitching the incisions made in the breast and finally wrapping them in a special gauze.
After your Breast reduction surgery, your doctor may tell you to keep away from any physical activity for at least a month. You may experience soreness and breast pain which is a normal side effect of Breast Reduction Surgery. Therefore, the doctor may prescribe you some painkiller to relieve the pain. You may also have to wear a surgical bra for sometime in order to keep the breasts intact and infection free.
Breast Reduction Surgery has minimal risks, and are therefore not encountered generally after the surgical procedure. However, some mild risks are bound to rise due to factors like improper surgery, less caution and care after the surgery. Breast reduction risks include:
• Bruises on the breasts, which is temporary
• Lesser sensation in nipples
• Differences in shape, size and geometry of the breasts which may need another revision surgery.