Breast Reduction Surgery
Breast reduction is both a plastic and reconstructive surgery to create an aesthetically ideal breast appearance. Because the large breasts cause lower back pain, back pain, and may cause humps in the back in later years.
Due to the compression caused by bra straps; arm and hand numbness, as well as, difficulties in breathing may occur. Therefore, individuals with large and sagging breasts should benefit from breast reduction surgery to have a more aesthetically proportioned body appearance. Surgery is recommended to be planned without waiting for all these health problems to occur. Genetic factors, breastfeeding, weight gain, and many other factors can cause breasts to enlarge. Large breasts can also cause itching in the skin. Therefore, breast reduction surgery is not only an aesthetic type of surgery, but also an essential one to protect the well being of the individual.
How Is Breast Reduction Surgery Performed?
Before the breast reduction surgery, the ideal breast size is determined for the patient and surgery is planned according to the breast structure of the individual. General anesthesia is administered to the patient before starting the operation. During the surgery, incisions are made to remove the excess skin over the breasts along with excess fat and glandular tissue inside. The skin over the breasts and the tissue and areola are positioned correctly and aesthetically corrected.
Then the incision is sutured and closed. This procedure is performed for both breasts, and it is completed in a period from 3 to 5 hours depending on the patient’s breast structure. The patient can be discharged from the hospital after a one-day rest in the clinical setting. Breast tissue and sutures are checked out once a week by performing a physical examination. Sutures are usually removed after 2 weeks.
There may be a slight pain after surgery, but it will be controlled with pain medication. After the operation, the patient should use a sports bra for a while. A slight stinging or burning sensation may occasionally occur time to time for approximately 12 months.
What Should Be Paid Attention To After the Surgery?
At least 3 days of rest at home is essential after the breast surgery. Patients should comply with the dressing procedures regularly after the surgery because appropriate dressing is essential.
The arms should not be strained, and carrying heavy lifts should be avoided for 4 weeks. Mild edema may occur after the surgery and it disappears spontaneously within 4 weeks.
The sutures are removed after 12 to 15 days following the surgery. During this period, painkillers should be used regularly. Smoking should be definitely avoided for 1 month after the surgery.