Breast Reduction (Breast Surgery)
Breast reduction surgery ‘Mammoplasty’ reduces breast size and balances the figure. This surgery involves reducing the volume and weight of the breasts and usually also lifts the breast.
You can expect to experience a higher level of comfort with physical activity and gain relief from the weight pain that large breasts can produce, as well as just simply reduce the overall appearance.
Who is a Candidate
- If your breasts are too large for your body frame and create neck, back, or shoulder pain
- If you have heavy breasts with nipples and areolas (pigmented skin surrounding the nipples) that point downward
- If one breast is much larger than the other
- If you are unhappy and self-conscious about the large appearance of your breasts
Standard hospital procedure requires that your surgeon perform laboratory investigations and/or diagnostic examinations to ensure that you are fit for surgery, prior to hospital admission and surgery.
Before surgery, your doctor will give you guidelines to follow to ensure that your cosmetic surgery experience is successful.
How the Procedure is Performed
In the traditional breast reduction surgery technique, incisions are made horizontally under the breast in the crease and extend vertically up to and around the nipple, creating an anchor pattern.
.Circular incisions are made around each nipple, at which point, large areolas can be decreased,
A vertical incision is made from the bottom of the areola to the fold underneath the breast. A semicircular incision is then made in the fold around the underside of the breast.
There are other technique such as beneill technic which involves two circular incisions around the areola, one larger than the other. Skin and breast tissue are then removed between the two.
Depending on the size and shape of your breasts, the amount of skin and tissue to be removed, quality of skin and positioning of the nipples, your doctor will recommend one of these methods;
Limitation’s and Risks
- Although rare, surgical procedures can encounter complications. Lose of sensation in the nipples and areolas following breast reduction surgery, especially in cases involving dramatic reduction and repositioning.
- Bleeding, infection or excessive scarring is also possible.
- Breast reduction surgery may not always meet expectations, so it is best to be realistic before undergoing such a procedure.
- Changes in sensitivity of nipples
- Temporary pain
- Back to work: Within three to four weeks
- More strenuous activity: Allow approximately six weeks
- Scars will fade: Within several months to a year (or longer, pending individual healing)
Note: This information acts as a guide to your possible treatment. Your individual concerns and specific medical history will need to be shared and discussed with your surgeon during your initial consultation.