For most women with heavy, oversized breasts, breast reduction is a life changing operation. Not only does it have cosmetic benefits, it can also provide relief from a variety of medical problems caused by the weight and mass of the breasts. Reducing large, pendulous breasts improves a patient’s appearance, health, activity level, confidence, self-esteem and more.
Breast reduction candidates generally include women who are bothered by large, sagging breasts that cause uncomfortable symptoms (including back, neck or shoulder pain; skin irritation or rashes; breathing problems; and shoulder indentations from bra straps). These women might feel their activity level is restricted because of oversized breasts, and they may suffer mental health problems, such as anxiety or depression, because of the way their breasts look. Conservative treatment including physical therapy and weight loss should be attempted first.
To qualify for surgery, you should understand and accept the possible risks of surgery, and have reasonable expectations of the outcomes. You will have smaller, more comfortable breasts — but they will have scars.
The first step to pursuing breast reduction surgery is to schedule an initial consultation with our plastic surgeons to discuss your options. During the appointment, the surgeon will examine and measure your breasts. He will explain the surgical procedure in detail and describe how he can improve your breast size and position. The surgeon will also discuss the possible risks of surgery (including infection, bleeding and loss of sensation in the nipples/breasts) so you can make an informed decision about your treatment. Insurance and payment options will also be discussed at the time of consultation. Note that some insurance companies pay for part or all of breast reduction surgery if it is deemed “medically necessary.”
Breast reduction surgery is performed at a local hospital, our Savannah cosmetic surgery center — “The Plastic Surgery Center, LLC” — or another outpatient surgery center. Anesthesia is used during surgery so you won’t feel anything.
The surgical incision pattern can vary depending on the specific case, but most breast reduction operations are performed through an anchor-shaped incision that circles the areola, extends downward and vertically across the natural curve of the breast. Through the incision, excess glandular tissue, fat and skin is removed. The skin above the breast is brought down and around the areola to give the breast its new contour. The nipple and areola may also be relocated higher on the breast mound. The incisions are then closed with sutures and the breasts are bandaged.
The breasts will be swollen, bruised, sore or tender during the initial recovery period. A compression garment will help to control swelling and expedite recovery. Initially, strenuous activity and heavy lifting is forbidden. You should focus on resting and relaxing for the first few weeks after surgery.
Our team will give you a detailed timeline for resuming work, exercise and other normal activities. Most patients resume desk jobs about two weeks after surgery, and slowly build up their activity level according to the doctor’s guidelines.
The scars from the surgical incision should fade significantly over time. They will not disappear completely, but they will be easily concealed in a bra or bathing suit top.
For more information about breast reduction surgery, or to determine whether it is appropriate for your needs, please contact our office and request a consultation. Call 800-827-6631 or email us today.
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