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Risks and Recovery of Breast Reduction Surgery

Risks and Recovery of Breast Reduction Surgery

The Risks and Recovery of Breast Reduction Surgery

Breast reduction has become a popular plastic surgery procedure for both women and men. The common issues that people (who are considering breast reduction) face, include: finding that the weight of their breasts is causing neck pain, back pain or other physical symptoms; experiencing general discomfort with having heavy breasts with nipples and areolas that point downward; they may have one breast significantly larger than the other; or they find their breasts to be aesthetically unpleasing. For men who have gynecomastia, a condition in which male breasts are abnormally enlarged, they may also opt for breast reduction.

Risks of Breast Reduction
All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Some of the possible complications of breast reduction include: adverse reaction to anesthesia, infection and bleeding, changes in skin sensation and asymmetry (unevenness) of the breasts. For some women, breast-feeding may be an issue. However, for the most part, serious risks of breast reduction surgeries are rare.

Dr. Stephen Mulholland of SpaMedica shares that “the more common but manageable complications following breast reduction surgery include unwanted or unattractive scars.” Although the scars will fade over time, they will never completely disappear. Dr. Mulholland adds, “The scars around the areola, under the breast, can be large, red, raised, keloidal and unattractive. Other surgical treatments and lasers may be required to modify these scars.”

Recovery of Breast Reduction
Dr. Mulholland advises that “patients will go home 2-3 hours following their procedures in a support bra with only light dressings over the incision lines. The bra is worn as a “dressing” for 2-3 weeks. Everybody’s situation varies, but typically, bandages and stitches are usually completely removed within 2-3 weeks. While you recover, heavy lifting should be avoided initially, with light activities to resume in 7-10 days. After breast reduction surgery, you should expect to feel tired and experience breast discomfort, which can be easily controlled with oral medication.”

“In the vast majority of circumstances, breast reduction surgery heals in an uncomplicated fashion and most patients are extremely happy. It is very important to understand the nature of the scars and the position of the scars following breast reduction surgery, so that the benefits of the reduction in size of the gland and reduction of symptoms of the large breast, is balanced by an acceptance of the breast scars required,” says Dr. Mulholland.

Be sure to speak with your doctor regarding any concerns that arise. Should you experience emotional distress following the surgery, this could be normal, and it would be wise to address these feelings with your doctor. By following doctor’s orders before and after breast reduction surgery, equipping yourself with the necessary knowledge of your procedure, along with having realistic expectations, your risks can be minimized and you will likely be happier with your results.

This is an original article written for CosMedicList




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