The size and proportions of our breasts are determined by our genetics and the hormonal shifts that occur during our lifetime such as puberty, pregnancy and menopause. Larger breasts may impose a host of health and aesthetic concerns – making you wish they were smaller and more manageable in size. Back pain, chafing against undergarments, limitations with physical activity and fashion choices as well body image concerns as breasts begin to lose their firmness are some of the reasons women will opt for a breast reduction surgery.
In this article we outline the benefits of a breast reduction surgery as well as what this surgical procedure entails.
The benefits of a breast reduction procedure.
- Physical activities are no longer inhibited by breast movement and weight
- Clothing fits better and options become more diverse
- Improved appearance of the breasts subsequently improves body image
- Relief from back pain and skin irritations due to breast size
What to expect during a breast reduction procedure.
- A lollipop incision will be made around the areola of the nipple and another incision stemming downward from the centre of the nipple. In some cases, where adipose tissue is all that needs to be removed and the skin does not need to be repositioned, liposuction may be all that is performed. In other cases, the requisite excess tissue is removed, the skin is repositioned and the incision is stitched up. Some cases require the removal and repositioning of the nipple and areola.
- Immediately following surgery, the incisions are covered with gauze and wrapped in supportive bandages or a special surgical bra. The recovery process involves some breast pain accompanied by swelling and bruising, which may last for several weeks.
- Generally, a return to normal activities can be expected after five to six weeks. There is a scar that remains post-surgery. Carefully following the instructions of your surgeon will ensure optimal results in your healing process.
What are the risks involved with reduction mammoplasty?
The benefits make the proposition of this surgery very appealing. Many women who undergo a reduction mammoplasty are quite satisfied with the results. Breasts are often firmer, tighter and more evenly proportioned; however there are some possible complications to consider:
- Scars. As mentioned above, breast reduction surgery leaves visible scars on the breasts. The resulting scars will be based on the type of incision that is made and how your skin heals. The healing process by which the scar fades takes several months and will never completely disappear.
- The final shape and position of the breasts requires up to a year of healing to be established. A possible result is unevenly positioned nipples, or breasts that are not the same size or shape.
- Numbness in the nipples or breasts is often temporary, but in some cases it can be persistent.
- Inability to breastfeed after surgery. Some women may still be able to breastfeed depending on what type of reduction is performed.
- Sometimes the breasts will become enlarged again due to hormonal fluctuations or weight gain.
Your surgeon will discuss these possible outcomes and how to address them during your consultation. Understanding the whole picture of what to expect from breast reduction surgery will help you decide if this procedure is right for you. Oakville Plastic Surgery and Advanced Skincare is committed to providing outstanding care and the best possible results to our patients. To learn more about this procedure and to receive a professional assessment, consultations with Dr. Nancy de Kleer, plastic surgeon, are available for a nominal fee, which can be applied towards your surgical procedure. This consultation and procedure are often covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan. Visit your family physician to request a referral. Call (905) 901-9545 or email [email protected] to request an appointment.