A breast reduction surgery or medically known as mammoplasty is not just a personal choice to appear attractive; it is a solution to women struggling with overtly large breasts causing then shoulder, back & neck pain or those who are unhappy or are self-conscious about the large breasts.
Unusually large breasts is a common problem faced by many women is usually due to family trait (hereditary) but could also be due to excessive weight gain, hormonal changes in the woman’s body, or simply due to natural ageing. Breast sagging can also be due to the poor toning up of the skin due to the break of the ligaments during pregnancy or lactation. Large breasts often appear droopy which could result in lower confidence due to poor physical appearance.
You are a good candidate for Breast Reduction if:
- You have very big breasts
- You have droopy or ptotic breasts
- You experience shoulder and upper back pain due to heavy breasts
- Your one breast is larger than the other
- You get deep furrows in the shoulders caused by the strips of the bras
- You get skin alternation in the sub-mammary area
- You have stretch marks due to heavy breasts
- You are unhappy and self-conscious about the large appearance of your breasts
Some patients although having a normal breast volume, have an unattractive shape; their breasts either have sagged down or their skin is too loose.
The main aim of surgical correction is to create a breast that is equally proportioned to the width of the chest and the shoulders.
Breast reduction is carried out under general anaesthesia. We employ newest techniques in breast reduction surgery known as the supero-medial pedicle to achieve a more proportionate and youthful contour of the breasts. Although, each case is individualised and the surgical strategy can vary.
The intervention consists of decreasing the breast volume and bring up the nipple-areola complex (NAC) to the correct place, using the most appropriate technique in each case. When the intervention is finished, a semi-compressive dressing is placed on the breasts as well as a drain if it is surgically indicated. After approximately 36 hours the dressing is changed for a support bra and the patient is discharged from the hospital.
What will be the incision and scar on my breast like?
We as plastic surgeons intend to satisfy our patients by concealing the scars as far as possible with clever placement of incision lines. We combine the technique of liposuction and latest technique of short scar supero-medial pedicle type along with special suturing techniques which further minimizes the scar. Final scar is from areola going inferiorly into sub-mammary line or just falling short of it.
The scar is usually hidden underneath the breast and gets better with time. Usually, camouflages with the rest of the breast by one year of time and is barely noticeable.
- You may experience small amount of swelling, bruising and discomfort in the first 24 – 48 hours, but you can do your daily chores and go for a walk if desired, from the very next day.
- You may return to work 3 days post surgery if you have a desk job that doesn’t require strenuous physical activity.
- You may start driving 7 days post op, but it has to be done wearing the support bra at all times (day & night).
- Majority of the patients feel normal, one month post surgery. By then, most of the bruising, discomfort and swelling subside.
- By 6-8 weeks, you will be cleared to do most of physical activities again.
- The breasts will still continue to “settle” into their final position over the course of the next few months.
Please note that each person is different and so is their recovery timeline. The above is to be only interpreted as a general guideline, rather than a rule.