Plastic surgery performed to reduce the size of the breasts by removing the skin, tissues and fat is known as Breast Reduction.
Some cases where Breast Reduction surgery is considered are:
• When breasts are disproportionately large.
• They are causing you physical discomfort, such as back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, improper posture, etc.
• When large breasts are embarrassing.
• If the size of one breast is much larger as compared to the other.
• Difficult sleep due to uncomfortable breasts.
Follow your surgeon’s instructions.
The surgeon will have discussions with you and will need your medical history. You will be given an idea of the possible results and risks involved regarding this surgery.
Test will be done to determine how fit you are for the surgery. Your breasts maybe examined and measured. You might have to undergo a mammogram.
If you are on a diet, you will need to stop that and have meals that are well-balanced.
You may have to quit smoking, even for a certain time period after the surgery. Follow it if your surgeon suggests you to achieve a certain weight.
You might have to stop taking certain medications.
You should pre-arrange for someone who can stay with you in the hospital and take you home after the surgery.
General anaesthesia will be given.
The surgeon will make incision(s) in the breast and the excess fat, tissue and skin will be removed.
In some cases the areola and nipple will need to be removed and repositioned.
The incisions are then sutured. Gauze dressing will be done on the breasts.
There might be a need for you to wear a surgical bra.
Any tubes will, after one or two days, be removed.
Your breasts will likely be swollen and might be bruised. You might experience breast pain and mild discomfort till a certain number of days after the surgery. You might be given medications for the pain.
You will be instructed about follow-up appointments regarding the removal of stitches, your recovery, etc. You will be told to return to your normal work and activity after a certain period of time. You will have to take at least a week’s leave from work.
You should not lift heavy objects for upto six weeks.
You may have to avoid vigorous exercise for at least a month.
Risk and Complications
Some of the risks and complications are:
• Scars, which will fade but will never disappear completely.
• The results might be unsatisfactory.
• Breast-feeding might become difficult or impossible.
• Nipple area might heal inadequately.
• There might be problems in the healing of wound.
The average cost of this surgery varies from Rs. 1 Lakh to 2 Lakh.
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