What is breast reduction?
Reduction mammoplasty which is also known as a Breast Reduction is a type of cosmetic procedure in which is used to reduce or remove the excess skin, tissue and fat from the breast.
The women who seek to have this cosmetic procedure performed are the women who have experiences the effect of the weight from the over-sized breasts. Having breasts which are over sized can cause a few physical symptoms. Some of the most common symptoms include back and neck pain, profound strap marks, and possibly even breaking the skin which causes infection and irritation.
Most women who have received a Breast Reduction have experienced their self confidence be restored and restore the proportion of their body. Although this procedure is generally done for women, men with the conditions of Gynecomastia which is enlarged male breasts, may also get a Breast Reduction.
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Are you a candidate for breast reduction?
Overly large breasts can cause health and emotional problems. In addition to self-image issues, you may also experience physical pain and discomfort. The weight of excess breast tissue can impair your ability to lead an active life. The emotional discomfort and self-consciousness often associated with having large pendulous breasts can be as important an issue as the physical discomfort and pain.
You may be a candidate for breast reduction if:
• You are physically healthy
• You have realistic expectations
• You don’t smoke
• You are bothered by feeling that your breasts are too large
• You have breasts that limit your physical activity
• You experience back, neck and shoulder pain caused by the weight of your breasts
• You have shoulder indentations from bra straps
• You have skin irritation beneath the breast crease
Types of breast reduction
There are a various amount of Breast Reduction Surgery techniques. The type of technique that is used depends on the shape and size of the breast that is being reduced. Some of the most common types include:
• Vertical Scar Technique: This technique leaves the least amount scars and is minimally invasive. The surgeon will make a circular laceration around the areola and down the breasts. After the laceration has been made, tissue will be removed and the nipple will be lifted a few millimeters. The surgeon then collects the remaining folds and stitches the outer and inner portions of the breast which creates a support structure. However, this is not the best option when reducing very large breast lines.
• Horizontal Scar Technique: This technique is generally used on women who suffer from Macromastia. The technique consists of 3 lacerations and is the most invasive of all the techniques. The first laceration is made around the circumference of the areola. The second laceration is made below the areola in a vertical position and extends downward toward the lower part of the breasts, and the last of the incisions is made horizontally below the breasts which connects to the vertical laceration. These lacerations connect to form the shape of an anchor, which is why this technique is known as the inverted T or anchor incision pattern. This technique is generally used for women with larger breasts which allows the surgeon to remove larger amounts of tissue.
• Free Nipple Graft Technique: If the woman is looking to lose the volume from her breasts without the scars and the chance of complications, this is the best technique to serve that purpose. This technique is done by liposuctioning the same amount of fat from both breasts leaving them symmetrical. At the time of the procedure the blood vessels are preserved and the recovery time is lessened.
The time on recovery varies from patient to patient due to the fact that there are many factors that can affect this. Full recovery can take anywhere between a few weeks to a month. After the procedure there will be discomfort which will be treated by the doctor in order to have a smooth recovery.
Depending on how quickly the wounds heal will determine the amount of time that is spent on wearing the dressings. If the stitches do not dissolve, the clinic will remove the stitches for you. It is crucial that you attend the follow up appointments.
The surgeons of your choice will advise you when it is possible to resume normal activities and return to work. It is crucial to stay away from any heavy lifting or stretching for up to six weeks.