Breast reduction, also known as reduction mammaplasty, involves the removal of excess breast fat, tissue, and skin in order to form a suitable breast size and reduce the discomfort caused by overly large breasts.
Who should consider breast reduction surgery?
Breast reduction is a good option for you if:
– Your large breasts cause you a lot of challenges when handling daily tasks such as doing physical exercises, doing housework, etc.
– Your large breasts are responsible for frequent back, neck and shoulder pains, which can possibly result in long term health issues.
– You are completely unhappy and self-conscious about the large appearance of your breasts, particularly when they are out of proportion to your height and weight.
Who is not recommended to have a breast reduction surgery?
Breast reduction may not be suitable for some women, including currently pregnant and breastfeeding ones. Other with the following health conditions shouldn’t think of breast reduction:
– Dry or broken breast skin
– Breast cancer
– Hardened breast skin
Breast reduction procedure
Breast reduction is known as a simple procedure which may takes around three hours. The operation time can be longer depending on your personal situations including your breasts size and whether the surgeon needs to reposition the nipples so that your breasts will look natural after the reduction.
During the procedure, your doctor will ask you to take a general anesthetic, a drug that brings about a reversible loss of consciousness, which means you will sleep during the surgery.
The surgeon will make a cut around your nipple then downward on the breast in the form of a keyhole. After that, an operating team is responsible for removing extra skin, tissue, and fat from your breasts and repositioning your nipple.
You have to spend at least one night in the hospital and one to two weeks at home for recovering.
Risks of breast reduction surgery
One of the most common risk of breast reduction surgery is that it will leave visible scars on your breasts. Here are three scars that some people are left after operation:
one scar around the nipple
one scar from the nipple to the crease below the breast
one scar from the breast bone to the armpit along the crease below the breast
How serious the scars varies from individual to individual. Some women are left with some red and swollen scars at first, however, they will fade over time and can be hided under normal clothing and most bras or bikini tops.
– Uneven shape of breasts
It is possible that after the reduction, your nipples are unevenly positioned or there is a change in the shape of your breasts.
– Loss of feeling in the nipples or breasts
In some cases, the women may lose their feeling in the nipples or breasts for several months after the surgery. However, as women with large breasts do not have a lot of feeling in their breasts before surgery, it’s not a big problem.
– Inability to breast-feed after surgery
Many women find it hard or even impossible breast-feed after breast reduction. That’s why you should take great consideration when deciding to have a breast reduction surgery.
Some women may still be able to breast-feed, depending on what type of reduction was done.