Women who suffer from discomfort or pain from having overly large breasts are prime candidates for this procedure. In addition to this woman who have one breast larger than the other may choose to have this procedure. Breast reduction surgery alleviates back, neck and shoulder pain for the patient, assists with posture as well as creates a comfortable physique for the patient to participate in exercise and sport.
The breast reduction surgical procedure can last up to five hours, and is performed under general anaesthetic. The procedure can take up to five hours and can be performed either in a day surgery clinic or hospital. The surgery involves three incisions, the placement of the incision will depend on the size and shape of the breasts. Through the incisions the surgeon removes excess fat and skin from the breast. Liposuction may be used to compliment the procedure if the surgeon feels it to be necessary. The nipple and areola is moved up to the middle of the breast, the areola may be trimmed in proportion to the reduced size of the breasts. Drains may be used to assist removing excess fluid. The incisions are closed with sutures that clamp the area closed spanning from deep layers beneath the skin to the surface superficial layer of the skin.
Following the surgery patients may experience pain and feel uncomfortable, pain medication will assist in alleviating this. It is also recommended for patients to recline at a forty-five-degree angle to assist with pain and recovery. Patients are encouraged to allow two weeks to recover and recuperate before resuming daily activities. Patients will be able to walk as soon as the anaesthesia has worn off, this is encouraged to avoid clotting, however caution is recommended. Patients will be able to resume full lifestyle activities six weeks following the surgery. Scarring will gradually fade until they are bearably noticeable.
The results from a breast reduction procedure should last the lifetime of the patient, however significant weight fluctuation or pregnancy could affect the longevity of the procedure.