This operation involves the removal of breast tissue and usually some breast skin. The reduction in breast volume will result in smaller, lighter breasts and may lead to improvement in posture and relief of back, neck and shoulder strap pain. The procedure can also reduce the risk of rashes which form under the breasts (intertrigo).
The reduction in breast size and weight can result in a new lease on life allowing greater unrestricted activity. The procedure can also produce an uplift of the breasts, correcting any downward pointing of the nipples. The above all help to increase self-confidence and self-esteem.
HOW DO I PREPARE FOR SURGERY?
Your surgeon will explain how to prepare for your operation. For example, if you smoke, you will be asked to stop, as smoking increases your risk of getting a chest and wound infection, which can slow your recovery.
Breast reductions are usually done under a general anesthetic. This means you will be asleep during the procedure. You will be asked to follow fasting instructions. This means not eating or drinking, typically for about six hours beforehand. However, it’s important to follow your surgeon’s advice.
You will need a well-fitting bra to wear after your operation. Your surgeon will advise you about the most suitable type and size of bra beforehand. You may need to wear this immediately after your surgery or one or two days later.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING BREAST REDUCTION?
There are various ways to carry out the operation. Dr. Del Corral will discuss which is the most appropriate for you and explain how your breasts are likely to look afterwards. The operation usually takes between two and four hours.
Typically, Dr. Del Corral will remove excess breast tissue through cuts in the lower part of your breasts and move your nipples to fit the new shape. He will reshape your breasts and close the cuts with stitches (which may be dissolvable). Your surgeon may wrap your breasts in a special supportive dressing or support bra.
Sometimes, breast liposuction may be an option. Your surgeon will remove fat from your breasts through a plastic tube. Talk to Dr. Del Corral for more information about breast liposuction.
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HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO RECOVER From BREAST REDUCTION SURGERY?
Full recovery from breast reduction varies between individuals, so it’s important to follow Dr. Del Corral’s advice, but usually you will be back to normal within six weeks. If you need pain relief, you can take over-the-counter painkillers such as Tylenol or ibuprofen. Always read the patient information leaflet that comes with your medicine and if you have any questions, ask your pharmacist for advice.
At your initial appointment, Dr. Del Corral will give advice about when you will be able to carry on with your usual activities and return to work. You may need two to four weeks off work, depending on your job, and you shouldn’t do any heavy lifting for around six weeks afterwards.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS?
As with every procedure, there are some risks associated with breast reduction surgery. We have not included the chance of these happening as they are specific to you and differ for every person. Ask your surgeon to explain how these risks apply to you.
WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS?
Side effects are the unwanted but mostly temporary effects you may get after having the procedure.
Your breasts will be sore for a few days after your operation and may feel tender and lumpy for some time. You will have scars, which will be red and slightly raised to start with, but should fade to white over the following months.
Your nipples may be less sensitive than before. This is more likely if your nipples have been moved during surgery. Depending on the type of breast reduction surgery, you may be unable to breastfeed after the operation.
There is a chance you will be left with small folds of skin at the end of the scar, both between and at the sides of your breasts. You may need to have a second operation under local anesthetic to remove these.
WHAT ARE THE COMPLICATIONS?
Complications are when problems occur during or after the operation. The possible complications of any operation include an unexpected reaction to the anesthetic, excessive bleeding or developing a blood clot, usually in a vein in the leg (deep vein thrombosis).
Specific complications of breast reduction include those listed below.
- Infection – this may need to be treated with antibiotics and sometimes further surgery.
- Hematoma – this is when bleeding occurs inside your breast making it swollen and painful. You may need further surgery to stop the bleeding.
- Your wound can be slow to heal. The skin may form a scab that can fall off, leaving a wide scar.
- Rarely, alterations in the blood supply to your breast may result in the loss of part, or even all, of your nipple.
- It’s possible that your breasts may not be exactly the same shape and size as each other or that your nipples may not be level after surgery.
I AM INTERESTED! WHAT DO I DO NEXT?
If you are considering a breast reduction we encourage you to contact us to schedule a consultation and/or treatment at Dr. Del Corral’s office. During this visit we will listen to your concerns and discuss your options. After careful analysis of your breasts, we will tell you whether you are a suitable candidate for this procedure and inform you of the alternatives and potential risks of the procedure.