Contemplating a Breast Reduction
A Breast Reduction procedure is preformed to reduce the current size, shape and volume of the breasts by removing excess tissue and skin. This procedure also involves reshaping the breasts, repositioning the areolas and reducing the overall size of the breasts and the areolas. A good candidate for this procedure has one or more of the following concerns:
- Dissatisfaction with the size and shape of breasts in proportion to the rest of your body
- Breast size changes very little or not at all with weight loss
- Heavy breast tissue resulting in neck, shoulder and/or back pain. Often grooves from bra straps are common.
- Breasts sit in a low position and areolas point downward.
- Asymmetry: Having one breast that is noticeably larger than the other is common in many women and can be corrected during a breast reduction.
Preparing for the Procedure
During your consultation with Dr. Anton and throughout the pre-operative process, you will discuss your preference of size, shape and volume. Expectations and what is realistic based on you pre-operative breast size and quality of skin will be addressed. This is a personal and individualized process for each patient.
About the Procedure
This procedure in done under general anesthesia and can take between 3 –5 hours depending on how much breast tissue and skin needs to be removed. All incisions are internal; there are no external sutures. The incisions are made around the areola, vertically down the center of the breast and then horizontally under the natural breast crease.
What to Expect After Surgery
Most patients wake from surgery feeling groggy, tired and just wanting to rest. You will be wrapped in a compression bandage and some mild to moderate pain is to be expected, however, it is usually alleviated by prescribed pain medication. Overall, patients feel their surgery was less painful than anticipated and are able to discontinue their pain medication after 4 to 5 days.
It is typical for your breasts to feel very tight immediately after surgery this will gradually subside during the healing process. Most patients return to light sedentary work 4 to 5 days after surgery. Your activities will be restricted for a full two-week period including: no lifting, bending or straining of any kind. You will be advised during your post-operative appointments regarding these restrictions. The healing process varies from patient to patient and activity level is decided on an individual basis.