2 - 4 Hours
5 - 10 Days
Local or General
The main objective of the breast reduction surgery, is to make the breast smaller and lift it. Because it's used to relieve symptoms of back pain, neck pain, breast pain and other problems associated with having large breasts, it is considered a reconstructive surgery.
The surgeon draws on the skin the place where your nipples will be located. Then he performs an incision around each one of the areolas. If the areola is too large, the incision may be done inside its outline, so as to remove the part of it that is nearest to the edge. The areola and the nipple are kept joined to the breast by means of a pedicle. This is an important aspect in order to preserve the blood supply and sensibility, and to avoid necrosis. To separate the rest of the skin, the surgeon performs a series of incisions under the areolas. After that, the surgeon cuts and folds the glandular tissue so as to fit the areolas in the places previously marked. He then cuts and removes the excess glandular tissue and skin until the breast reaches the desired volume and shape. In order to finalize, the surgeon sutures all the incisions.
The day after your breast reduction, you will be allowed to get out of bed only for short periods of time. After some days, you will be able to make movements more comfortably. However, every movement as straining, bending and lifting must be avoided since these activities might cause increased swelling or even bleeding. After the surgery, incisions will initially be red or pink. They will probably remain this way for many months.
In order to avoid pressure on your breasts, you will be instructed to sleep on your back. You will be instructed to wear a support bra for a few weeks, until the swelling and discoloration of your breasts diminishes.
One week after de surgery, stitches will be removed in stages over a period of approximately three weeks. Probably you will realize that you feel less sensation in the nipple and areola areas. This usually is temporary. It may, however, take weeks, months or even more than a year before sensation returns to normal.
Your breasts can also require some time to assume a more natural shape after a breast reduction.
After your breast reduction, you will be able to return to your job during the next three weeks, depending on your job. Generally, after several weeks you will be able to resume most of your normal activities, including some form of mild exercise. At least for one week, any sexual activity should be avoided. During the following six weeks, care must be taken to be extremely gentle with your breasts.
The practice of medicine and surgery is not an exact science. Although this operation doesn't have practically any type of side-effects some of the risks and potential complications that can occur are infection, fluid accumulation, changes in nipple or breast sensation, skin discoloration and/or swelling, etc.
Your ability to breastfeed following reduction mammoplasty may be limited; talk to your doctor if you are planning to nurse a baby.
The results of breast reduction surgery are permanent. The reduced breasts will not grow again. You will feel more comfortable with your breasts because they will look better for a long time. In spite of the resulting scars, most women feel that the benefits obtained far outweigh the negative aspects.
Even though it will make your body look more beautiful and harmonious, and it will probably also improve your self-esteem, this surgery will not be enough to make you look perfect. We must accept that that kind of perfection does not exist.