What is Breast Reduction?
Breast reduction involves surgical removal of excess breast tissue. Excessively large breasts cause back pain, poor posture and can inhibit physical activity. Breast reduction alleviates these problems and at the same time improves body contour and bust line. The procedure can be done a variety of ways, the two most common being a “lollipop” reduction or an “inverted-T” reduction.
How long does surgery take?
Approximately 3-4 hours
What will the scars look like?
All breast reductions will result in some scarring. For both the “lollipop” reduction or an “inverted-T” reduction an incision is placed around the nipple along with a vertical incision below the nipple. In the case of the “inverted-T” reduction, another incision is placed underneath the fold of the breast. The use of post-operative LASER treatment helps to flatten the scar and reduce redness.
What will the pre-operative consult involve?
Before any breast surgery a detailed medical history is taken, especially with regard to family and personal breast cancer history. If indicated, recent mammogram reports are reviewed and each patient receives a breast exam. The patient and surgeon will also discuss the surgical approach and desired breast size.
What type of anesthesia is used?
A breast reduction is performed under general anesthesia.
What can I expect post-operatively?
Patients are given prescriptions for oral pain medication, as well as a muscle relaxant. Patients typically return to work between 7-10 days after surgery. It is absolutely necessary to wear good support while recovering. Upper body exercise should be avoided for at least one month. Walking and lower body exercise may be started sooner at the discretion of your surgeon.
Will I lose sensation to my nipples? Will I be able to breast feed?
Any procedure on the breast may interrupt sensation to the nipple. Fortunately this is uncommon and often resolves in a few months. The vast majority of patients who have breast-fed previously will be able to breast feed after surgery.
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