Are you considering a breast reduction procedure? Do you already have an appointment booked and want to know exactly what to expect?
We know surgery can be scary, so we’re here to tell you everything you need to know, from what exactly the surgery is, to what to expect. Read on for a guide on everything you need to know about breast reduction surgery so that you can go forward with confidence.
What Is A Breast Reduction Procedure? Why Get It?
This procedure is mostly used for women discomforted by their large breasts and is also commonly referred to as mammaplasty. If you’re suffering from back or neck pain, it may be a great option for you. Some men who suffer from gynecomastia, a condition in which a male’s breasts are abnormally enlarged, also consider the procedure.
This procedure’s goal is to alleviate discomfort and help reduce the breast to an appropriate proportion to one’s body size. Many find that a reduction gives them a positive self-image and better suits them in physical activities.
How To Prepare
You will first book a consultation to figure out if the procedure will work for you. Here, you and a doctor will review your overall health and medical history.
If your surgeon decides you are a good fit for the procedure, you will discuss your wishes for the surgery, and what you hope to attain. Your surgeon will break down the procedure for you, from what kind of anesthesia would be best for you, to providing details of the risks and benefits.
The surgeon may ask you to get a mammogram or do blood tests based on your personal needs or your surgeon’s wishes.
If you’re a smoker, you will probably need to stop smoking before and after your surgery. You will also need to stop taking specific drugs like aspirin or anti-inflammatories, as with any surgery, to reduce bleeding.
You will want to make arrangements after your surgery. Make sure someone can pick you up after your surgery and stick around for any lifting or other assistance you will need.
What to Expect
Your procedure may involve liposuction to get rid of fatty tissue inside the breast and could involve incisions.
When you wake up after the surgery, your breast will most likely be gauzed and bandaged. You may feel discomfort and tenderness in the few days following your procedure. It is likely your doctor will prescribe you pain medications and antibiotics to help with your recovery. You may notice some bruising or swelling, which is completely normal after surgery.
Your surgeon will probably advise against wearing an underwire bra for some time, as well as refraining from physical activity for up to four weeks while you allow the breast to heal.
Within a few weeks, you may notice relief from your neck and back pain, and that your self-image is better already!
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