Breast reduction, also known as reduction mammaplasty, is a surgical procedure that can provide patients who have oversized and disproportionate breasts the smaller and more symmetrical breasts they desire. Not only will it give you a more aesthetically pleasing appearance, it can also make life a lot more comfortable.
Most of the patients who choose to undergo this procedure want a more proportionate body shape or they want to get rid of the discomfort associated with large breasts. The process involves getting rid of excess fat, skin, and glandular tissue, mainly around the nipple area. After the tissue is removed, the excess skin is stretched over the breasts and pushed lower, helping in the reduction of the breasts.
What to Expect During The Consultation Process
In order to have a successful treatment, a good and thorough consultation with an experienced surgeon is of the utmost importance. During this session, you need to maintain an open minded approach to all of the queries posed by the doctor. The following points may be covered during the consultation:
• The reason you are choosing this procedure, including your needs and wants in relation to this.
• A thorough review of your medical history, including allergic reactions to certain drugs or treatments in the past.
• A list of medications that you currently use. The list should also include other items like herbal supplements, tobacco, alcohol, drugs etc.
• An account of surgeries you have had in the past.
• A review of your family’s medical history, especially any cases of cancer.
• A look at the results of previously done biopsies or mammograms.
Steps to Take Before the Surgery
You will need the following things to be taken care of before the surgery can begin:
• A medical examination.
• Change of medications if you take any.
• A mammogram before and after the surgery.
• You will need to quit smoking several weeks before the surgery.
• Getting rid of certain anti-inflammatory medicines along with aspirin and herbal supplements.
What to Expect During The Procedure
Your surgeon will begin the procedure with the administration of anesthesia. This is followed by an incision made around your nipple moving downwards. The incision usually looks like a keyhole. Once the excess fat, tissue, and skin are removed, the nipple is repositioned. To remove the excess tissue, a drainage tube will be used. The final step is to close the incisions and use special gauze to cover them. You may also be given a compression garment to wear.
How Does The Recovery Process Work?
The recovery process and duration are dependent on the health of the patient and the extent of the surgery. You should avoid any form of physical activity for a few weeks to give your body time to heal. A certain amount of discomfort may accompany the surgery, but it will subside in time. If it becomes too much to handle, your doctor can prescribe medication to help make you more comfortable.
Contact Our Office
Having consistent back pain and discomfort during physical activity may be the result of having large breasts. If you’re suffering from these issues, or you simply want to add more proportion to your body, a breast reduction can help. Contact us to schedule an appointment with Dr. Steve Byrd to receive the help you need to find relief.