Breast Reduction Post-surgery Tips
Women with excessively large breasts experience a multitude of discomforts
, both physical and emotional. Back aches, painful indentations that have resulted from pinching bra straps, rashes under the pendulous tissue, neck and shoulder aches, inability to participate in athletics or to even fit into clothing easily are reasons why women choose to have breast reduction surgery, also called reduction mammoplasty.
During a reduction mammoplasty, a plastic surgeon will remove excess skin and fatty tissue and then reshape the remaining tissue in order to establish a smaller bustline. A drain may be attached to the area in order to allow fluid to leave the healing area.
The nipple and areola will be removed during the procedure and then reattached into a new centered position appropriate to the smaller breast. Scarring is hidden as much as possible beneath the crease of the breast and around the areola. Liposuction is often performed in order to shape the breasts into corresponding symmetry.
The procedure usually takes approximately three hours and often requires an overnight hospital stay. General anesthesia is often the anesthetic chosen by physicians. Swelling may last up to six weeks, when the final appearance will become evident.
After the surgery, the patient will need to wear a sports bra over the gauze dressings in order to support the newly healing bustline. The drainage tube will be in place for the initial days following surgery in order to keep the area free of blood and excess fluids. If the stitches are not dissolvable, they will need to be removed by the physician after approximately three weeks.
During the first few days the patient will experience pain but this will be managed with medication prescribed by the plastic surgeon. Be sure to take the medication on schedule in order to stay ahead of the pain. Lifting or pushing objects that weigh five pounds or more should be curtailed for the first month. Stamina may be a bit low during this time, but walking around the block and doing moderate exercise such as bending, stretching and swimming will usually aid in energy recovery.
Cigarette smoke has been proven to hamper the immune response, so if a patient is still smoking, they should quit. Even second hand cigarette smoke can be harmful in slowing down the healing process.
Most of the swelling and redness will subside within the first several weeks. Scarring that will be noticeable in the early days will begin to fade over time. The breasts will finally settle into their newly formed shapes within six months to one year.
by: Abigail Aaronson
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