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What No One Tells You About Breast Reduction Surgery

Breast reduction surgery or reduction mammoplasty is not just done for cosmetic reasons. Women with very large breasts can suffer from neck and back pain, skin irritations such as rashes appearing on the skin under the breast area, skeletal deformities, poor posture and breathing problems. Extremely large breasts can also make women feel very self-conscious and can make many types of exercise and physical activities uncomfortable or difficult to do. Breast reduction surgery cannot be undertaken until the breasts are deemed fully developed which in most women occurs around the age of 18. Breast reduction surgery will make your breasts smaller but it will not give you perfect breasts. This type of surgery is best left for women who are mature enough to fully comprehend what the results of this surgery will and won’t be.

It is common for a plastic surgeon to request that the patient have a mammogram to check for any abnormalities before the surgery is performed. A surgeon will give the patient a detailed list of ways to prepare for the surgery such as guidelines on eating habits, drinking and smoking as well as what vitamins to take and what medications should be avoided.

In most cases breast reduction surgery does not necessitate a blood transfusion unless a great deal of breast tissue is going to be removed. If this is the case then a unit of blood will be taken from the patient beforehand in order that if a transfusion is required during the surgery, the blood will be readily available. Breast reduction surgery is performed in a hospital on an inpatient procedure meaning that you will be required to stay in the hospital for careful monitoring for a period of two to three days following the surgery. The surgery will be performed under general anesthesia which means you will be asleep while it is taking place. Breast reduction surgery generally takes two to four hours to complete but in some instances it could take even longer.

Breast reduction surgery is not recommended for women who wish to breast feed in the future as it could make breast feeding extremely difficult or next to impossible to accomplish. Many of the milk ducts leading to the nipple areas are removed during reduction surgery. Some women do find that they are able to breast feed following the surgery but many lose the ability to do so. There are different types of breast reduction surgeries and some permanently damage the milk ducts.

Some women will lose feeling permanently in their breasts or nipples and in rare cases, the nipple and areola can have the blood supply completely cut off and this will lead to the death of the tissue. Be aware that the nipple and areola can be sufficiently rebuilt by way of taking grafts of skin from somewhere else on the body.

Breast reduction surgery will leave a patient with scars that are visible and permanent and it can also result in breasts that are mismatched in size and/or nipples that are not evenly positioned. It is more common for women who smoke to experience poor healing as well as wider scars than non-smokers.

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