Breast reduction surgery — also known as a mammaplasty — is a procedure that aims to alleviate the discomfort caused by disproportionately large breasts. This is done by removing excess skin, glandular, and fatty tissue from the breast area. As with any other surgical procedure, our patients often have a lot of questions and we're happy to oblige. After all, it's very important that you know exactly what you're getting into before you undergo a procedure such as this.
Here are the answers to a few of the most common questions we receive regarding breast reduction surgery:
Am I A Good Candidate For Breast Reduction?
Good candidates for a mammaplasty are healthy women over the age of 18 who experience physical or emotional discomfort from their overly large breasts. It's important to note that mammaplasty isn't only for women with very large breasts. Some small framed women with average sized breasts may be good candidates as well. To find out whether you have issues that could be relieved by a mammaplasty it's best to consult with a doctor.
What Are The Benefits Of A Breast Reduction?
In many cases, this procedure can result in an immediate end to the pain and discomfort caused by having breasts too large for your frame. You can also expect:
How Long Is Recovery?
Recovery from mammaplasty can last a month or more. Patients should take the first week off of work or school and have a friend or family member around the house to help with their other obligations. Strenuous exercise should be avoided for at least a month. Keep in mind that the exact timetable for recovery will vary from patient to patient.
Is It Painful?
Some pain is normal following the procedure, but it's easily managed with painkillers and should naturally subside within a week or two. For women who are experiencing pain or discomfort due to their breasts, the pain from the procedure is often well worth it.
Are There Any Major Complications?
There are few serious, long-term complications associated with a mammaplasty. The normal risks associated with surgery including pain, infection, and scarring. In some cases, a further reduction in breast tissue can occur due to a lack of blood flow to the area.
Will I Be Sedated?
Yes, before your procedure you will be given general anesthesia or I.V. sedation.
Will There Be Scarring?
There will likely be some scarring, but it's usually minimal and easily covered up with clothing. How well this scarring heals will vary from patient to patient. Smoking, in particular, can cause scarring to heal poorly.
It's normal to have many questions prior to a cosmetic procedure such as this. Hopefully this has answered some of them, but if there are any more you can think of then don't hesitate to consult a licensed cosmetic surgeon.
Are you looking for an experienced cosmetic surgeon to perform your breast reduction surgery? Dr. DeMercurio has over 9 years of experience in the field and is held in very high regard by his current and former clients. Please, contact us at The Florida Center for Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery today to find out if this procedure is right for you.