Breast Reduction Surgery and Downtime
Before breast reduction surgery and for your safety, a full medical history will be taken and you may be asked to undergo lab tests. It will be determined if you require new medications or current medications need to be adjusted. All breast reduction surgery patients are required to stop smoking at least 2 weeks prior to their surgery to decrease the risk of complications. In addition, patients are to avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements; these may increase bleeding.
The Breast Reduction procedure is performed in a hospital setting under general anesthesia and takes approximately 2-4 hours. The most commonly made incision encircles the areola (darkened area around the nipple) and extend downward and then continued into the breast crease under the breast. This produces the least conspicuous scars and allows for the best repositioning of the breast mound. Excess breast tissue, fat, and skin are then removed, and the nipple and areola are repositioned resulting in a smaller, more proportional, lifted breast. To dispel a common misconception, the nipple is never actually removed, rather it remains attached to the breast tissue so that the nerves are not cut and sensation is preserved.
In certain cases, Liposuction can be used to remove additional fat often seen extending under the arm. Dissolvable sutures are used to close the skin. Breast reduction surgery incision lines are permanent, but in most cases will fade and significantly improve over time, this may take up to 12 months.
Upon completion of your breast reduction bandages will be applied to the surgery site and then you will be wrapped in ACE wraps for support; these are removed the next day in the office. You will be required to wear a sports bra to minimize swelling and support your breasts as they heal. After breast reduction surgery, normal activities will be curtailed for approximately two weeks. During the first week, light activities such as driving can be resumed as long as you are off pain medication. The timeframe for downtime after breast reduction surgery varies, however, most normal activities including vigorous exercise can be resumed by the third week after surgery. At one month the scars from breast reduction surgery will be pink and noticeable. Over the following months, the scars will gradually fade to their permanent appearance. You will be given instructions on how to treat the scars to give the best healing potential; also certain lasers can be used to speed and improve scar healing if desired.
Discomfort levels resulting from Breast Reduction surgery are moderate but they are very manageable with medications and sensible post-op care.
Over time, post-surgical swelling will decrease and breast reduction incision lines will fade. You will be given specific post-op instructions that include how to care for your breasts following surgery, directions on how to apply and/or take prescribed medications, how to reduce the risk of infection and when to follow-up with Dr. Klainer. For the best results, it’s important to follow Dr. Klainer’s instructions for your post-operative care. When you go home, if you experience any symptoms that concern you, do not hesitate to contact Dr. Klainer immediately.
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