Candidates For Breast Reduction
Women with overly large breasts can struggle with any number of physical and emotional hardships. If you are considering breast reduction surgery (reduction mammoplasty), our Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Team can help you stop suffering from the following:
- Headaches, shoulder pain, neck discomfort and/or back aches
- Rashes under the breast creases
- Irritation from bra straps digging in to shoulders or rubbing the skin raw
- Difficulty maintaining proper posture
- Numbness in the hands due to pinched nerves or poor blood circulation
- Inability to exercise and limitations from participating in physical activities due to breast size and discomfort
These are just a few of perhaps a much longer list of issues that you may be dealing with as you consider if surgery is right for you. We can hopefully encourage you with one simple fact: our happiest patients are those who have had a breast reduction! They experience immediate relief from oversized breasts, are able to move more freely, and can start exercising for the first time in years.
The Breast Reduction Procedure
A breast reduction is performed under general anesthesia. This means that you will be unconscious for the duration of the procedure, under the careful observation of a medical doctor who specializes in anesthesia. He or she will sedate you prior to surgery and then carefully monitor all of your vitals (blood pressure, heart rate and oxygen levels).
Our New York City breast reduction surgeon can then begin the procedure as soon as you are fully sedated and stabilized. The breast area is washed with iodine solution to kill any bacteria that may be present on the surface of the skin. Then, the incisions are made in the skin after the area is marked with a felt tip marker.
The extra fatty tissue is then carefully trimmed away and discarded in equal portions throughout the breast. This will result in an evenly-distributed layer of fatty tissue remaining, thus creating a breast that is smaller in size, yet is very natural-looking. The incisions are closed with dissolvable stitches and a compression garment (or a snug surgical bra) is applied to reduce swelling and help in the healing process.
Recovering From Breast Reduction
The compression garment or surgical bra must be worn for several weeks after surgery. Additionally, drains may also be put into the breasts to help reduce swelling and the risk of infection (up to the discretion of the surgeon). Light physical activity is fine for patients after the first few days after surgery but strenuous activity must be avoided for about 4-6 weeks afterward.
After healing is complete, you will have a whole new experience with your breasts! They will no longer hold you back from living life to the fullest. You won't have to worry about running or activities that involve bouncing. Your back, neck and shoulders will feel like a burden has been lifted off of them. Even better, you will have renewed self-confidence!