Breast reduction is a procedure used to reduce the size of large pendulous breasts that are not in proportion to a womanís body. Major advances in breast reduction have allowed, in some cases, a decrease in the size of the incisions and in postoperative scarring. This is achieved with the use of liposuction and excision techniques. This will be determined at the time of your consultation and is individual to the patientís medical history, breast size, weight and amount of reduction desired. In patients where excess skin is not a factor, liposuction can be used alone to achieve breast reduction.
This procedure is cosmetic and can be done in a surgery center or hospital. It can be done as an outpatient procedure, but depending on the amount of discomfort experienced by the patient, an overnight stay may be required. This is the case when very large breasts are reduced. Two small drains will most likely be used to remove excess fluid, which accumulates following surgery. They will be removed on your first postoperative visit at the doctorís office.
Post-op: A surgical bra or sports bra will be worn for approximately eight weeks following this surgery. Bandages will need to changed daily until all sutures are removed which may take from ten days to two weeks. You can return to your normal activities after three weeks, but you will need six weeks before you attempt any heavy lifting or strenuous exercise.
The final shape and size of your breasts will take several months to appreciate. Swelling and bruising can take two to three months to completely subside. Individual results can be varied depending upon the amount and type of surgical intervention performed.