Breast reduction approaches vary greatly depending on the surgeon and the patient’s case. It is a surgical procedure which removes fat and tissue to decrease the size of the breasts. Breast reduction can be an effective way to improve appearance and boost self-confidence. Patients who are in good overall health and have realistic expectations about their breast reduction achieve the best results. In some cases the procedure might achieve better results if it is combined with another procedure. Patients who understand the possibilities of surgery and its limitations tend to be more pleased with their results.
Why Choose Breast Reduction?
There are a number of reasons why women choose to get breast reductions. Some women simply get this surgery to improve their appearance. These women feel that their breasts appear too large, giving their bodies a top-heavy, disproportionate appearance.
Some women get breast reduction surgery because having large breasts makes them feel awkward. Sometimes, women with large breasts end up with a lot of attention directed toward them. When this attention is unsought, it can make for embarrassing and awkward situations. Some women with large breasts are tired of constantly having people stare at their chests, and some large-breasted women feel like they sometimes play second-fiddle to their breasts.
These women tire of wearing multiple bras to de-emphasize breast size and control breast movement. They tire of wearing baggy clothes in an attempt to conceal their breasts. For many women like this, breast reduction can be a helpful solution.
Breast Reduction Recovery and Results
Most patients need to wear some sort of bandage or surgical bra for the first several days or weeks after the breast reduction surgery. Stitches are usually removed a week or two after the surgery.
Patients can typically return to work within about two weeks, although this may take longer if the patient has a particularly strenuous job. Patients need to avoid heavy lifting and serious exercise for several weeks. When new activities are attempted, they should be brought in gradually. Sexual activity should be avoided for at least a week.
Patients should be careful with their breasts in the weeks and months after their surgery. The breasts may be tender and swollen for a long time after a breast reduction, so it may take some time to see the final results of your surgery. It is fairly normal for women to experience unusual sensitivity during the recovery period. Some women experience numbness, while others actually experience hypersensitivity. Often, this altered sensitivity will revert to normal with time.