BREAST REDUCTION (REDUCTION MAMMOPLASTY)
Breast reduction, or reduction mammoplasty, is a procedure that reduces the breast by removing excess breast tissue and skin. Breast reduction should be performed only after breast development has been completed. A small number of women will regain some breast volume after a breast reduction, especially with significant weight gain. With time and aging, the breast can start to sag.
Some insurance companies will pay for breast reduction surgery to relieve medical problems such as back and shoulder pain, skin irritation under the breasts, indentations in your shoulders and restriction of physical activity secondary to a patient's large breasts. The insurance coverage also depends on the amount of breast tissue to be removed. Patients should contact their insurance companies prior to seeking a surgeon to find out if their surgery will be covered.
Breast Reduction requires general anesthesia. Surgery can last 3-4 hours.
WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER SURGERY
After surgery, patients will have a special dressing, which will stay on until the next morning. Patients may have pain and nausea for 24 hours after surgery. They will be given a prescription for pain medication before surgery.
After this initial post-operative visit, patients will wear a soft cotton jogging bra or runner bra. They may take a shower after 48 hours. Normal activities can be resumed immediately, and light exercise (walking) maybe resumed after two weeks.
Patients must remember that before they see the improvement they are expecting, they will go through a standard post-operative period of swelling and bruising. Their breasts will feel hard and tender, but this resolves in 2-3 weeks. patients will, however, feel immediate relief from many of the physical discomforts they felt before surgery.
Stitch removal begins 10-14 days after surgery. Removing stitches is quick and uncomplicated.
Post-operative pictures will be taken at 1 year. patients should remember to continue to perform self-breast exams and to have routine mammograms.
If you should have any other questions about this surgery, please call the office at (281) 286-1000.