Also known as reduction mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure to remove excess breast tissue and skin to achieve a more proportional breast size and alleviate physical discomfort associated with large breasts.
During the procedure, the surgeon will make incisions in the breast tissue and remove excess breast tissue, fat, and skin. The nipple and areola may also be repositioned to create a more natural breast appearance. The incisions will then be closed with sutures and surgical tape.
Before the procedure
Patients should consult with their surgeon to discuss their goals and expectations for the surgery. They may need to undergo certain medical tests to ensure that they are healthy enough to undergo surgery. The surgeon may also provide specific instructions on how to prepare for the procedure, such as what medications to avoid and what to eat and drink before surgery.
After the procedure
Patients will need to take time to recover. They may experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort for several days to a few weeks. The surgeon may prescribe pain medication to manage any discomfort. Patients should avoid strenuous activities and heavy lifting for several weeks after surgery to prevent complications. They may also need to wear a surgical bra or compression garment to help with healing and reduce swelling.
The results of breast reduction can be long-lasting, but they can be affected by weight gain or loss, pregnancy, and the natural aging process. Patients should also be aware that breast reduction can affect breastfeeding ability, so they should discuss this with their surgeon before the procedure.
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