Breast reduction surgery, is a surgical procedure to reduce the size of disproportionately large breasts that may cause physical discomfort and pain as well as dissatisfaction with body image. Larger and disproportionate breasts can cause back, neck, and shoulder pain, indentations from bra straps, skin irritation beneath the breast crease, and restricted physical activity. This may impair a woman’s ability to lead an active life in addition to causing emotional discomfort and self-consciousness.
Breast reduction surgery aims to achieve symmetrical, smaller and more aesthetically appealing breasts. The removal of excessive breast tissue and reshaping of remaining breast tissue, excision of excessive drooping skin, changing the nipple-areolar complex position, and liposuction is performed to achieve symmetrical attractive and smaller breasts with minimal scarring.
A breast reduction is carried out on an out-patient basis, meaning that there is no need for an overnight stay. Patients are given general anesthesia and will be asleep through the procedure.
Patients experience minor swelling and bruising which will diminish in a few days. You can resume normal activities in a few days. Dr sasi kumar will explain you with diagrams regarding how the surgery is done and where the scars will be .you can also discuss the different types of reduction techniques during the consultation. Patients are welcomed and encouraged to address any of their concerns or questions so that they can make a confident decision about undergoing breast reduction surgery.
The procedure is performed under general anesthesia in fully accredited (NABH) hospital and surgical facility. The most common approach is a keyhole incision pattern that begins around the areola and continues vertically down the breast, resulting in the so-called “lollipop incision.” In some women, a small incision under the crease of the breast is also necessary.
From there, the nipple is repositioned and, if desired, the areola reduced in size. Underlying breast tissue is reduced, lifted, and shaped. The incision lines result in scars that fade and improve in appearance over time.
Ideal candidates are healthy, who feel the size of their breasts are limiting their daily life. You are also an ideal candidate for a reduction if you experience back, neck and shoulder pain caused by the weight of your breasts.
You can call to schedule a consultation now. However, a breast reduction should not be performed until your breasts have had the time to return to what is considered a stable size. This is usually six months post baby or six months post breastfeeding or sometimes even longer
Some women may still be able to breastfeed after a reduction, it depends on the type of reduction. In general breast reduction reduces the ability to breast feed by about 40 -50%
The incision lines will be permanently visible, although they will fade over time, and they are placed so that clothing can hide them.
It is advised that breast reduction surgery be performed after the age of 20 because the breasts are usually fully developed after that age. Exceptions can be made however, for teens who suffer significant emotional and psychological effects from having breasts that are too large.
it is important to discuss this with your surgeon during consultation. You may notice that you feel less sensation in the nipple and areola areas, and this is usually temporary although it may take weeks, months, or even up to one year before sensation returns to normal. Your breasts may also require some time to assume a more natural shape. Incisions will initially be red or pink in colour, and they too eventually fade and heal after several months.
After breast reduction surgery, it is often possible to return to work within a week (depending on your job), and in many instances most normal activities can be resumed after about 3 weeks, including various forms of mild exercise. You must be extremely gentle with your breasts for at least six weeks, and you may experience some discomfort during this time. Any severe pain should be reported to your surgeon immediately.
Complications are rare but with every surgery there are some risks involved that may include asymmetry, blood loss, swelling, bruising, infection, blood clots, and permanent numbness. These and any other complications will be discussed in detail during your consultation.