Excessively large breas-ts can be a source of embarrassment and discomfiture. In addition to being aesthetically unappealing, they can also cause physical distress like chronic neck and shoulder pain.
Breas-t reduction surgery aims at removal of excess breas-t tissue, skin and fat to restore the ideal body proportions of a woman. Candidates of breas-t reduction are otherwise healthy women with any of the following problems:
Excessively large breas-ts with sagging and downward pointing nipples.
Asymmetrical breas-ts is a condition where one breas-t is significantly larger than the other one.
Difficulty in maintaining hygiene with skin irritation /chronic infection under the breas-ts.
Weight-related symptoms like chronic neck and shoulder pain.
Prior to the procedure, the plastic surgeon has a detailed consultation with the patient. Careful pre-operative planning involves a discussion about the incisions planned.
Types of anesthesia
Breas-t reduction is usually performed under general anesthesia. The duration of the surgery varies between 2 to 4 hrs depending on the extent of reduction needed.
Types Of Breas-t Reduction
Depending on the extent of reduction required, various techniques have been designed for reducing the breas-t size.
1. Liposuction: This involves reducing the fatty component of the breas-t without excision of glandular tissue. It can provide a small amount of reduction only and is suited to older patients with mainly fatty tissue, however, it avoids any major incisions and ensures quick healing in the post-op period.
2. Vertical or “Lollipop ” Breas-t reduction: this is suited to patients with mild to moderately large breas-ts. It involves an incision around the brown part of the breas-t (areolae) running down the center to the center to the breas-t, it produces a single vertical scar.
3. “Donut” Breas-t Reduction: this is a very popular technique in patients who have mild breas-t enlargement. It involves an incision around the areola only. The scar is hidden in the brown skin and settles very well over a period of time.
4. Inverted ‘T’ or wise pattern: This is one of the most common techniques of breas-t reduction suitable for all candidates. It involves a vertical scar running from the areolae to the breas-t areas. It allows the surgeon greater control of the breas-t shape and proportion.
Post- Procedure Care
At Aestiva clinic, we ensure the patient recovers with proper medication and no complications.
Dr. Mrinalini Sharma always focusses on discussing the desired result with our patients prior to the surgery to avoid any confusions and achieve optimum results. You may visit us at Aestiva Plastic Surgery Clinic or book a consultation with Dr. Mrinalini Sharma for further information.
What are the side effects of breas-t reduction surgery?
Every surgical procedure involves complications and side effects. The side effects of breas-t reduction surgery include:
1.Decrease or altered nipple sensation. This usually recovers over a period of weeks or months.
2. Difficulty in breas-tfeeding in some cases, especially where a massive breas-t reduction is needed.
3. Uneven positioning of the nipples.
Does it leave a scar?
Excision of excess fat depends upon the size of the breas-t and required volume of the breas-t after the breas-t reduction surgery. Various techniques involve incision lines that vary. In a traditional breas-t reduction surgery, the scar will be horizontal and more prominent than in a vertical incision surgery. In some cases, liposuction can also be used for breas-t reduction where only one small incision is made and therefore is referred to as scar-free breas-t reduction surgery.
Does it interfere with breas-tfeeding?
At Aestiva Clinic, the breas-t reduction surgery is performed under the guidance of female plastic surgeon –Dr. Mrinalini Sharma, so the procedure is carried out with proper techniques. However, there can be cases where women won’t be able to breas-tfeed their child. This is entirely based on the degree of the reduction of the breas-t size. Therefore, it is advisable to discuss the issue with your doctor during consultation.
Can breas-t enlargement recur?
The results are long-term in most of the cases. There can be some exception for e.g aging can cause loose and sagging breas-ts once again. However, the disproportionate increase in the size of the breas-t does not recur after the surgery.
What are the precautions needed in the post-op period?
1. You will be advised to wear a supportive bra for a week after the surgery.
2. Heavy exercise is prohibited.
3. Pregnancy should not be planned by the patient until one year after the surgical procedure.