What happens during a breast reduction surgery?
With bilateral breast reduction (the most common method used), you will be placed under general anesthesia. From there, incisions will be made so that the surgeon can access the breast tissue and excess fat, which will then be surgically removed. Once the tissue is removed, the breast reduction procedure continues with the surgeon contouring and lifting the shape of the breast to ensure a natural and youthful appearance. This method of breast reduction typically takes between two and three hours.
What risks are involved with breast reduction surgery?
With any surgical procedure, there are some inherent risks patients should be aware of. Breast reduction scars are the most common risk associated with this surgery. Some other potential risks include:
- necrosis of breast skin or the nipple itself (extremely rare)
What can I expect from a consultation?
If you want to reduce breast size, your first step should be scheduling a consultation with our surgeon. During this consultation, he can answer any questions you may have and determine whether or not you’re a viable candidate for the procedure. If so, then you can set up a date and time for your breast reduction surgery.
What can I do to prepare for breast reduction?
Since you will need to take some time off work as part of your recovery, plan to request one to two weeks off. You may also want to get some help with physical tasks around the house, such as cleaning and caring for children. The more you can relax after the procedure, the faster you’ll heal and recover. Smoking cessation will be critical to a successful outcome and will minimize the risk of poor wound healing or nipple/areola loss.
How long does recovery take?
When it comes to breast reduction recovery, you should expect to take anywhere from one to two weeks off of work. During your recovery time, you should avoid strenuous activity and do your best not to lift your arms over your head or bend over. You will likely have some swelling during this time, but it will subside over time. Your doctor will let you know when you can return to work and physical activity after a follow-up appointment.
What questions should I ask my surgeon?
Our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Earl Ferguson, will be happy to answer any questions you may have about your procedure. For example, if you’re worried about breast reduction scars, he can provide you with some tips for reducing the appearance of scarring or other post-operative issues.
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