Breast reduction surgery, or reduction mammoplasty, is major surgery. During the procedure, the doctor may reduce the breasts’ size by removing glandular tissue, fat, and excess skin. Before going ahead with breast reduction surgery, it is important to know general facts about the procedure.
What Does It Involve?
Before surgery, our plastic surgeon will give you general anesthesia to keep you asleep during the procedure. Surgeons can use any of several techniques to perform the operation; however, the surgery generally involves removing excess glandular tissue, skin and fat from the breast area. The nipple is also adjusted to a proportional position on the breast.
The breasts are then reshaped to their desired form. You will need to wear a support bra for several weeks after the surgery, and you may need help with certain daily activities.
Why Get It Done?
Some women have disproportionately large breasts that can cause back, neck or shoulder pain. In some cases, the breasts are out of proportion with the rest of the body.
This is especially likely to be the case if the woman is small. In other cases, one breast is markedly larger than the other.
Men who develop a condition called gynecomastia that causes enlargement of the male breasts also undergo breast reduction surgery.
Overly large breasts can also make people feel self-conscious about their appearance and cause other kinds of emotional distress. Very large breasts can impede a person’s activities, and they can irritate the skin beneath the crease of the breast.
Who is a Good Candidate for Breast Reduction Surgery?
The patient needs to be a healthy adult whose breast size has stabilized. They also need to have realistic expectations.
People who are severely obese are not good candidates, and neither are people who smoke. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not undergo breast reduction surgery.
People with disorders that impair blood clotting or wound healing should also not have the surgery.
Individuals with infections or other disorders affecting the breasts should postpone the surgery until their health has improved.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
The only way to truly know whether or not you are a good candidate for breast reduction surgery is to come in and speak with our board-certified plastic surgeon at the office of Dr. Steven Warnock, MD in Draper.