Reduction Mammoplasty is one of the most performed procedure by our surgeons, this surgery is used to reduce the size of large breast by removing extra fat, skin and breast tissue. Most surgeons choose to use drains to avoid the chance of fluid accumulation also known as a Seroma. Breast Reduction is usually done under General Anesthesia to ensure the patient safety and comfort. For a better outcome, the procedure should be performed by a Board Certify Plastic or Cosmetic Surgeon.
Who Qualifies for a Breast Reduction?
What are few body signs and symptoms that make you perfect candidate? For a Breast Reduction, if you are consistent with at least 3 or more of the following, you are an ideal candidate for this procedure.
2-Change in posture.
3-Bra strap Grooving.
4-Chafing, sweating or rashes under the breast.
5-Numb hands and fingers.
6-Decresed in nipple sensation.
7-Limitations to physical activities
8-Troubles finding proper Clothing and bras.
Can I breastfeed after a Breast Reduction surgery?
During the procedure the surgeon needs to remove part of the breast, that may include fat, skin, and glandular tissues. This may interfere with milk supply and/or the travel path to the nipple, causing a reduction on milk production.
Is Breast Reduction an ambulatory procedure?
Breast Reduction is an invasive procedure to reduce size and achieve a proportional breast for a woman’s body. This procedure is to be performed at a Hospital or a fully equipped Surgical Center by a Plastic surgeon, this procedure does not required hospital stay, you should be ready to go home shortly after your 2 hours procedure, most surgeons requires a 24 hours follow up and a seven days checkup to be sure of Propper healing.
What are the risks for Breast Reduction?
Like all surgeries breast reduction comes together with some complications that can be prevented if you follow your surgeon’s instructions. Suck risks include:
1-Changes in Nipple sensation
3- Keloids over the incision
4-Poor Wound Healing
5-Hematoma (Skin Bruises)
6-Seroma (Accumulation of fluids)
How Long is The Recovery for a Breast reduction?
The Recovery process for any surgical procedure should be smooth and comfortable. After the surgical procedure you will receive the post care instructions in writing, for you to properly heal you should follow them very carefully. The instructions will contain all type of medications recommended by you physician. It is important to understand you are not allowed to use anything else but the medications recommended by your surgeon. Most surgeons recommend no physical activities for the first 2 weeks, this may change depending on each patient.
How to get ready for a Breast Reduction?
All surgeries are required to follow all pre-op instructions to avoid any delays ion your surgical schedule. Everyone is required to have laboratory studies and Medical Clearance from their primary care physician to ensure the patient’s health for surgery. In some cases mammograms or breast ultrasound may be required, stop taking any diet supplements, anything that contains aspirin or any other anti-coagulant medication, please discuss with your surgeon if you take any daily medication, all patients must mandatorily to stop smoking or using any drugs 4 weeks prior to surgery.
What to expect the first few days after the Procedure?
You will be wearing an elastic bandage or surgical bra 24/7 for the first week, you will not remove it unless your surgeon recommends otherwise. The first few days make sure to have a family member close to help you if need it. Patient will have sutures and drains tubbing that needs to be in for at least 1 week, once the drains are removed you can say worst has passed.
Tips for a speedy post-Surgical Recovery.
1-Reduce Salty Food (Reduce swelling)
3-Drink plenty of fluids, Choose natural Beverage (No Gatorade)
4-Increase proteins, Vitamin C, Zinc and Vitamin A.
5-Decrease sugar (Allowed an effective wound healing)
6-Walk right after surgery as much as you can (Prevents Blood Cloths and accumulations of fluids)