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+ Breast Reduction Surgery :

Breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammoplasty, is done to remove excess fat, tissue and skin from large breasts. Heavy breasts can cause significant back, shoulder and neck pain, apart from causing social embarrassment and affecting physical activity.

Breast reduction surgery is a very satisfyingly procedure for the patient as it helps improve self-image and restores confidence.

It’s important to understand what breast reduction surgery entails — including possible risks and complications — as well as set realistic expectations.

+ Why it's done :

Breast reduction surgery is meant for women who have large breasts and want to resolve issues such as:

  • Chronic back, neck and shoulder pain
  • Chronic rash or skin irritation under the breasts
  • Restricted activity
  • Poor self-image related to large breasts
  • Difficulty finding right sized bras.

+ Risks :

Breast reduction surgery has the same risks as any other type of major surgery — bleeding, infection and an adverse reaction to the anesthesia. Other possible risks include:

  • Bruising, which is usually temporary
  • Scarring
  • Alteration of sensation in the nipples and skin surrounding the nipples (areolae)
  • Difficulty to Breast feed

+ Your evaluation includes :

  • Evaluate your medical history
  • Discuss your expectations for breast size and appearance after the surgery
  • Provide a detailed description of the procedure and its risks and benefits
  • Examine and measurements of breasts
  • Take photographs of your breasts for your medical record
  • Explain the type of anesthesia used during surgery

+ Before breast reduction surgery, investigations include :

  • Complete various lab tests for surgical fitness
  • Baseline mammogram
  • Smokers need to completely stop smoking for at least two-three weeks before and after surgery.

+ Procedure Details :

Anaesthesia: GeneralSurgical technique used to reduce the size of your breasts can vary depending on the size and it includes:

  1. Surgery through incisions:

Makes an incision around the areola and down each breast

  • Removes excess breast tissue, fat and skin to reduce the size of each breast
  • Reshapes the breast and repositions the nipple and areola
    1. With or without liposuction to remove the excess fat in your breasts

+ Post-operative Course :

This surgery requires hospitalisation for a day or two.

Drains are placed which are removed in 2-5 days.

Light, Waterproof dressing is placed.

Youn are made to wear a new sized sports bra the day after surgery

Scars improve and fade over the next six -eight months

Heavy activities are to be avoided for 4-6weeks after surgery to prevent scar stretching. Routine work can be resumed in a couples of days.

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