Breast reduction is a procedure that is performed to improve the position of the breast (lift) and decrease its size, either by aesthetic desire of the patient or due to the discomfort that is brought on by having large breast, such as back pain, neck pain, difficulty breathing when lying down, among others.
The size and position of the breasts change constantly after pregnancy, fluctuation in weight, or, simply, due to age.
Breast reduction is a surgery performed under general anesthesia; it is ambulatory. Regardless, this surgery requires the patient to obtain a 5 t 15 day leave from their activities, including weight lifting.
During the procedure, breast tissue (the mammary glands and fat) and excess skin are removed leaving a proper shape and position of the breasts.
Usually breast reduction leaves an inverted T-shaped scar (or anchor). The horizontal part it is not noticeable because it is hidden in the breast groove.
During the postsurgery management after a breast reduction, the use of a special brassier is required for 3 months, as well as taking analgesics and antibiotics for a week. Also, applying special treatments to the scar, if needed.
COMPLICATIONS THAT MAY OCCUR AFTER BREAST REDUCTION SURGERY ARE:
Alterations in the sensitivity of the areola and the nipple may occur since the nerves that go through these structures can be inadvertently cut during surgery.
Infections, hematomas, and necrosis of the areola are uncommon complications. These may be associated with other health conditions, such as diabetes, immunological diseases, coagulation disorders, or the fact that patients smoke.
It is important to keep in mind that when breast reduction in order to avoid or find a solution to back pain, other causes must be taken into account, such as spinal problems, muscle changes or other factors.
Patients frequently ask if the breasts grow back after a said surgery, the answer is yes. If there is an increase in weight, the fat that is part of the breast can increase. So it is always recommended to try to maintain a stable weight to guarantee the result of the surgery.
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