Reduction Mammoplasty (Breast Reduction Surgery)
Breast reduction is an amazing operation that not only relieves terrible symptoms like head, neck, back and shoulder pain and itchy red rashes under the breasts. It also greatly improves the esthetics of the breasts… making them compliment the body, not over-whelm it. Breasts are raised from lying on the upper abdomen to enhancing the chest… where they belong! Nipples that were pointing at the floor are placed on the top the breast mounds which now have a pretty shape.
A “lollipop” incision removed excess skin and breast tissue and lifts the remaining tissue and the nipple/areola. Insurance will cover this procedure in women having severe symptoms. Recovery is fast because breasts have no functional utility unless you’re breastfeeding. Women are relieved of their pains and enjoy their beautifully shaped “C” cup breasts.
The surgery could take up to 8 hours, but I use a surgical assistant to reduce the duration to 4 hours. This reduces the risk of complications. I use general anesthesia from my Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist to keep you safe and totally comfortable. I also use the On-Q pain pump to numb the nerves of the breast for 5 days after surgery. The only annoying things are the drains to reduce swelling and bruising. They are removed in 2-3 weeks. I also use cold packs for 5 days to greatly reduce discomfort and swelling.
Complications of breast reduction are rare: nipple numbness, small open areas, infections, blood clots. Clots are prevented by the sequential compression devices I put on you legs during surgery. Antibiotics before, during and after surgery help prevent infection. Good wound care prevents or cures small open areas.
Post-op, patients need a few days to get the wind back in their sails. Walking is permitted from the start. Light regular activities begin about three to five days after surgery. Lower body work-outs start after first one or two weeks. Upper body workouts start 4-6 weeks after surgery. I let my patient take showers starting the second day after surgery because all the stitches are invisible and self-dissolving.