Breast Reduction Procedure and Recovery
- Posted on: Aug 17 2012
For some women, the size of the breasts can cause many problems like back pain and bra discomfort. If you’re one of these women, breast reduction surgery might be right for you. We invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Christopher J. Kovanda, a leading Minneapolis plastic surgeon, to see which treatment options are best for you.
Why Have Breast Reduction Surgery?
Though each woman who elects to have breast reduction surgery does so for her own personal reasons, some common reasons are as follows:
- Reduce Pain: Back pain and shoulder pain caused by bras straps are some of the main complaints associated with large breasts. Large, heavy breasts can cause strain on the back and cause bra straps to dig into the shoulders. Breast reductions can help alleviate such pain and discomfort.
- Improve Appearance and Confidence: Large breasts, especially when not in proportion with the rest of the body, can cause self-consciousness and embarrassment. Women with large breasts may have difficulty with the fit of clothing. A breast reduction can make the breasts proportionate to the rest of the body and improve the way women look in their clothes.
- Decrease Limitations: Large breasts can make a woman feel prohibited from participating in physical activities like jogging and swimming. Not only can physical activity cause pain, but it can also make women with large breasts feel extremely self-conscious. Breast reduction can sculpt the breasts to a manageable size.
The Breast Reduction Surgery Procedure
Breast reduction surgery, also called reduction mammaplasty, is a procedure to reduce the size and weight of the breasts while also improving their shape. The breast reduction procedure involves the removal of breast tissue. In some breast reductions, the nipple and areola must be repositioned. Once the proper amount of skin and tissue is removed, all incisions are stitched closed. The total surgical time generally takes three to five hours.
What to Expect During Recovery
After the breast reduction procedure is completed, the incisions are closed and the breasts will be supported with either an elastic bandage or a special bra designed for wear post surgery. Drainage tubes may be placed in the breasts to remove fluid that may collect during the healing process. These tubes are typically removed after the first few days. Many women experience some breast pain post surgery, along with swelling and bruising. The pain should subside a few days after surgery and continually decrease in the weeks ahead. Heavy lifting and strenuous exercise is to be avoided for at least three to four weeks, though, normal daily activities can be resumed within about two weeks.
Schedule a Consultation with Kovanda Plastic Surgery.
Breast reduction surgery is ideal for relieving pain associated with large breasts, with the added benefit of creating more proportionate, firmer breasts. We also offer our patients in Minneapolis breast augmentation as another means to achieve firmer, uniform breasts. Contact us today to discover what our procedures can do for you.
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