A breast reduction – also known as a mammaplasty – is a surgical procedure used to remove excessive breast tissue and achieve a smaller breast size. Disproportionately large breasts can cause insecurity in one’s appearance, as well as back pain and other physical discomfort. Most women who seek breast reductions do so to transform their breasts to become more balanced to their body sizes.
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It is important to keep in mind that a breast reduction procedure is a major procedure that produces permanent results. Women who are planning to become pregnant may wish to delay the procedure, as weight fluctuations and changes to the breasts during and following gestation can affect the long term outcome of a mammaplasty. Furthermore, it may not be possible for some women to breastfeed following a mammaplasty.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for a breast reduction?
You may be a candidate for breast reduction surgery if you are bothered by the size of your breasts or experience musculoskeletal pain in association with your breast size. Breast reductions produce the best results when performed on breasts that are fully developed. Only non-smoking women who are in good physical health should undergo a mammaplasty. Your surgeon can help you determine whether breast reduction is right for you.
What should I expect during a breast reduction procedure?
Prior to your procedure, you’ll consult with your surgeon to ensure that you have realistic expectations concerning your outcome. You’ll undergo pre-operative lab work and be instructed to avoid food and drinks on the day of your procedure. While you are under general anesthesia, your doctor will either perform liposuction or remove excess tissue, fat and skin from incisions in your breasts. Your nipple will also be repositioned and if necessary, the size of your areola reduced. Every effort will be made to keep the nipple connected to the original blood vessels and nerves.
Will I need to follow any special post-operative instructions after my breast reduction?
When you awaken from surgery, your breasts will be wrapped in bandages to cover incisions and minimize swelling. You may need to wear a support bra temporarily until your breasts heal from the mammoplasty. Be sure to follow the post-operative instructions provided to you, including the use of prescribed medications and avoidance of forceful activities in the weeks immediately following the procedure.