It is common for a patient to pursue a breast reduction surgery. Realistically, breasts can become large and burdensome, especially if the rest of the person’s frame is petite. Dr. Jeffrey D. Hopkins understands this need and will be your breast reduction team.
If you’re considering a reduction, you may be experiencing one of the following issues:
Whatever the cause, know this: a discomfort with your breasts isn’t something you have to live with. Breast reduction is the solution.
When getting ready for a breast reduction surgery, you need to consider some key points that will change in your daily life. At the very least, you’ll need time to recover, which will involve ample rest time. Be patient during this time, as your body is healing from the surgery itself. A true result of your breast reduction surgery cannot be expected immediately. Healing can sometimes take months, depending on the severity of the surgery. Don’t be shocked at this, though, as it takes time for any surgery to heal properly.
We also suggest that patients preparing for breast reduction surgery invest in some new clothing items. When breasts decrease in size, your shirts will naturally look different. Be aware that this might be a new expense you incur.
Breast reduction surgery, sometimes referred to as reduction mammoplasty, is a type of plastic surgery designed to remove excess breast fat, glandular tissue, and excess skin. Most patients who undergo the procedure are looking to correctly proportion their breasts with the rest of their body or alleviating any discomfort currently being experienced due to large breasts.
In certain cases, your plastic surgeon may remove the excess fat from the breasts using liposuction along with excision techniques during the procedure. Should the breast size be solely due to fatty tissue and any excess skin is not a problem, liposuction on its own may solve the problem. For your comfort, medications are administered before the surgery takes place. An incision is then made in a circular pattern around the areola. These incision lines remain visible and permanent, though they can be concealed under clothing with ease. Following the incision, the excess skin and fat are successfully removed, offering a better breast shape.
Every woman has a different reason for undergoing breast reduction. In the same way, every patient heals in a different way. On average, patients require two to six weeks to fully recover after breast reduction surgery. We recommend that women take one to two weeks off from work and avoid driving for at least one week after surgery. Your doctor may also recommend wearing a sports bra all the time for three months.
As you recover, keep in mind that the final appearance of your breasts may not be immediately apparent. You’ll notice the conclusive results several weeks or months after the operation. The length of time until results appear depends on how quickly your wounds heal. We can remove stitches in a week or two, but you should still avoid strenuous activities for some time.
This is different for every woman. Depending on your current cup size, breast reduction surgery should require no more than two to five hours. In rare instances, your surgeon may need more time. The average length of breast reduction surgery is three hours. The current size of your breasts, the size you’re aiming for, and any surgical complications will all impact the length of your surgery. Your doctor will provide a professional time estimate during your consultation.
During the procedure, your surgeon will have help — this cuts down on the time. A team of doctors and medical technicians will contribute to the removal of excess tissue, skin, and fat. They will then carefully reposition the nipple. Of course, as you’ll be under local anesthetic throughout the procedure, it will be over before you know it.
Breast reduction surgery is a relatively simple procedure. Beforehand, your surgeon will discuss the entire operation, what to expect, the potential results, and your expectations. While it’s nearly impossible to predict results with 100% accuracy, you can take steps to make your recovery smooth. After the operation, your doctor will urge you to remain inactive for a time. You’ll want to focus on your health and well-being.
Avoid strenuous exercise and activities after your procedure. Running, especially, can impede your recovery. You’ll also be asked to wear a sports bra 24 hours a day for up to three months after your surgery, as it provides better cushioning and support than a typical bra. Furthermore, you should avoid driving, work, and lifting heavy objects or weights. Some doctors do recommend using light weights and walking to help facilitate recovery, but only after a few weeks of rest.
Oversized breasts can cause back pain, discomfort, and even fatigue. We understand this at J Hopkins Plastic Surgery. We know that to be the best you, you need to be in your best body. Call our team at 972-298-6641 to make that happen.