Breast reduction surgery is a surgical procedure to raise, reshape and reduce large breasts. Studies have shown that women who have this procedure are some of the happiest patients in a plastic surgeon’s practice. This operation is also one that is usually considered a reconstructive procedure and is often covered by insurance plans. The procedure removes excess breast fat, glandular tissue and skin to achieve a breast size in proportion with your body, and to alleviate the discomfort associated with overly large breasts.
Patients usually either go home the same day of surgery. Nipple sensation usually remains normal, and most of the physical ailments caused by the weight of the breasts disappear. It is not unusual to take 2-4 pounds of breast tissue off during surgery.
Breast reduction surgery is performed in order to relieve:
- Pain related to the weight and ongoing traction effects of the large breasts which can manifest in the neck, back or shoulders
- Difficulty wearing clothes that fit or finding clothes that suit your figure
- Sagging after breast feeding
- Ongoing irritation, rashes or infection under the breast in the breast crease
- Inability or difficulty exercising due to the weight of the breasts
The procedure requires a general anesthetic and a minimum overnight stay in hospital.
Patients report minor post-operative pain, which can be treated with oral medication. You will be given prescriptions to relieve pain and prophylactic antibiotics are prescribed.
Dr. Kim allows showering 24 hours after surgery. A soft supportive sports bra or padded bra can be used post op for about a month. You may be back to work as soon as five to seven days after breast reduction surgery and may begin walking right away. Most heavier activities can be resumed between 4 to 6 weeks post surgery.