Cosmetic Breast Reduction
Breast reduction, also called reduction mammaplasty, enhances your overall appearance by making breasts more proportional to the rest of your body. Large breasts can cause pain, improper posture, rashes, breathing problems, skeletal deformities, and low self-esteem. Breast reduction surgery is usually done to provide relief from these symptoms. For these reasons, breast reduction generally is considered a reconstructive plastic surgery procedure. In addition to alleviating physical problems, however, it also improves the shape of your breasts and nipple areas. Breast reduction surgery is not recommended for women who intend to breastfeed, since many of the milk ducts leading to the nipples are removed.
How is Breast Reduction performed?
The two to four hour operation is performed under general anesthesia and requires an overnight hospital stay. During the procedure, an anchor-shaped incision is made from the new location of the nipple down to and around the crease beneath the breast. Dr. Conkright removes excess glandular tissue, fat, and skin; relocates the nipple and areola; and reshapes the breast using skin from around the areola before closing the incisions with stitches. Liposuction may be needed to remove excess fat from the armpit area, and in some cases when only fat needs to be removed from the breasts, liposuction alone is used for breast reduction.
What is recovery like for Breast Reduction?
For a few days after surgery the breasts are bound with an elastic bandage or a surgical bra, and patients may be given surgical drainage tubes for fluid removal. Stitches come out in a week and the surgical bra must be worn for about a month.
A little pain is normal after surgery, whether it’s mild discomfort, swelling during menstruation, a measure of numbness or sensitivity, or random, shooting pains that may last for a few months. Swelling, bruising, crusting and slight changes in breast size are also common. Most patients return to work in about two weeks, although you should avoid heavy lifting for three to four and only gentle contact with the breasts should occur for six weeks. Scars fade with time but will not disappear, although they can be hidden with a bra, bathing suit or low-cut top.
What are the risks / Complications associated with Breast Reduction?
Risks are rare and usually minor but may include bleeding, infection, reaction to the anesthesia, small sores around the nipples, slightly mismatched breasts or unevenly positioned nipples, and permanent loss of feeling in the nipple or breast.