Excess fat, tissue and skin tissue in the breast area are removed in breast reduction surgery. Large breasts cause various problems for women. Some of these problems are appearance and discomfort. Nonetheless, there are actually certain physiological problems. Large breasts cause chronic pain in the back and shoulder area. These pains significantly reduce the quality of life of the patients. Since the extra weight on the back disappears after breast reduction, chronic pain associated with the procedure also disappears over time.
What Is Breast Reduction? How Is It Performed?
In breast reduction, excess tissue is removed through the incisions in the areas determined during the planning process. In some cases, this process is performed with liposuction. In cases where only the fat tissue is excessive without any problematic skin tissues, even liposuction may be sufficient alone. Breast reduction is performed under general anesthesia. Breast reduction is performed through incisions made in different ways. Depending on the condition of the patient and the procedure to be performed, this incision is made around the areola, around the areola in the form of a straight line descending towards the curve, or in the form of a reverse T made in the breast fold with a straight line around the areola. After the incision is made, the breast tissue is removed, lifted and reshaped. In very large breasts, the nipple and areola may need to be replaced.
Who Can Have Breast Reduction?
Extremely large breasts can be physically and emotionally challenging. In addition, large breasts cause a more sedentary life. Breast reduction surgery is performed in patients with such complaints. In order for this operation to be performed, the patient must have good medical conditions and realistic expectations. Individuals, who have extremely large breasts, experience restriction in their physical movements for this reason, who have chronic pain in the back, neck and nape area, who are disturbed by the pressure exerted by the bra strap due to the large breasts, can get rid of these complaints with breast reduction. For breast reduction surgery, patients must have completed their breast development.
Planning Process Before Breast Reduction
The patient and the surgeon decide how the procedure will be performed together in the planning process. In this process, it is extremely important to learn why the patient wants to undergo surgery, the expectations and the desired results. Nonetheless, the general medical condition, drug allergies or regular drugs of the patient are taken into consideration. The technique to be used in the planning process is also determined in the planning process. In addition, patients should especially indicate if there is a family history of breast cancer during this period. Considering all these criteria, the operation process and the postoperative period are planned in detail, and the shape of the chest area after recovery is decided.
Recovery Process After Breast Reduction
The incision areas dressed with bandages after the procedure. In addition, patients should wear a bra with support to minimize swelling, and accelerate the healing process after the procedure. In some cases, drainage is placed to prevent bleeding and fluid accumulation. These drains are removed a few days after the procedure. It is extremely normal for pain or ache to occur for a while in the procedure, and this pain can be easily controlled with painkillers. Tenderness occurs in the breasts for a certain period. Patients should restrict their physical activities for 2 to 4 weeks after the procedure. Over time, the incisions become completely unnoticeable when viewed from the outside. In addition, pain in the back, shoulder and neck caused by the size of the breasts disappears over time after the procedure.