Breast reduction is a surgical procedure needed in conditions where the breasts are bigger than normal as a result of pregnancy, over-weight, and breastfeeding. The breast’s bigness is not only an aesthetical problem but also a cause of serious health problems. This is because they cause back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, restricted physical activities, rashes under the breasts, inability to wear the desired clothes, and grooves on the shoulders, caused by bra straps. Excess breast tissue, fat, and skin that make the breast big are removed to eliminate the problems of people, who feel uncomfortable with such conditions. Then the breasts are made better proportioned to a patient’s body. You may have different-sized breasts. Different operation techniques can be used in breast reduction operations to provide symmetry between the breasts. Before starting breast reduction surgery, first the height of the patient and her breast weight are calculated, and then the drawings of the new breasts are created accordingly. Afterwards, the excess breast tissue and excess skin are removed while the patient is under general anesthesia. Breast reduction surgery takes about two to four hours. Even if patients feel mild pains when moving their arms in the first postoperative days, they are temporary pains. Sutures are removed two weeks after surgery, and patients can get back to their work at the end of this period.
What are the points to take into consideration before breast reduction surgery?
First of all, you definitely need to have breast ultrasound scan before breast reduction surgery. Then you have to stop using aspirin, blood thinners and certain painkillers two weeks before surgery. It is important to avoid using blood thinners such as vitamin E, green tea, ginseng, herbal teas, and flaxseed. It is also advised to stop smoking a week before surgery. Otherwise, the healing of wounds will take time.
Does breast reduction surgery leave a scar on my body?
Breast reduction, like many surgical procedures, leaves small scars. Breast reduction surgery leaves an inverted T-shaped scar. The scar that remains around the areola will not be noticeable because it will be located in the color-change area. The scar that remains under the breast will become hardly visible, thin and insignificant lines.
I consider having breast reduction surgery. Does it hinder my ability to breastfeed?
With today’s techniques, a nursing mother is more likely to be able to breastfeed after breast reduction surgery. In breast reduction surgery, some portion of the mammary glands is removed (particularly in women with big breasts). However, removal of some portion of the mammary glands does not cause any changes in breastfeeding functions. If you consider having breast reduction surgery after postpartum period, you can easily have it at least 6 months after the end of your breastfeeding period.
Will the results of breast reduction surgery be permanent?
The results of breast reduction surgery will be lifelong results. The new appearance of your breasts, better proportioned to your body, will also enhance your self-confidence. You will also get rid of your painful condition suffered before surgery. However, being attentive respecting your tobacco and alcohol use, skin quality, genetic factors, exercise, and water consumption will still be effective on the process.