The main purpose of breast reduction surgery is to reduce the breast size and reshape them so that they no longer become a source of discomfort. This is a common procedure whose overall effect is an improved appearance that does away with the physical and emotional burden associated with overly large breasts.
Breast reduction is also referred to as reduction mammaplasty. It entails eradicating excess breast fat, skin and glandular tissue to end up with a breast size that is in proportion with your body.
Breasts larger than normal can be emotionally draining and even cause health complications. Besides giving issues with her self-image, it may be a source of discomfort and physical pain.
The overly large breasts can hinder one’s ability to live a quality life full of fun and activeness.
The two major breast implant shapes are the round and teardrop shapes. We take a look at the differences between these shapes.
There are some conditions that should be put in my mind before partaking breast reduction. Take the procedure if you:
• Are physically fit
• Have breasts that physically limit your activeness
• Feel irritated by the skin below the breast crease
• Are worried that your breasts are too large
• Do not smoke
• Have realistic expectations
Additionally, the following problems caused by large breasts may be used to decide whether you are eligible for breast reduction:
• You experience backache
• You suffer from constant neck pain or shoulder
• Skin infections and rashes beneath the breasts
• Bra straps causing grooves on the shoulders
The overall costs for breast reduction do vary on a wider scale. 2016 statistics by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons estimates this cost to be around $5, 631.
A surgeon charges for this procedure is reliant on his experience, the procedure adopted for the activity and the geographical positioning of his office.
Some costs that you should be prepared to meet include:
•Prescriptions for medication
•Hospital facility costs
Make sure that the surgeon you decided to work with are board-certified. All the services we offer at our center are board-certified.
Besides the surgeon being approved, consider how comfortable you are with him/her as well as the experience.
Majority health insurance firms do include breast surgery in their plans. Before our surgeons can proceed with the practice, you will be required to provide an authorization from your insurer. The go-ahead can be in terms of a letter or photograph submissions after which a surgery will be scheduled.
If you have a health plan that doesn’t cover breast reduction, then it will be upon you to pay for the surgery.
Before you go ahead with breast surgery, it is vital that you have a discussion with your surgeon regarding the problems you experience. This helps set a clear path on the expected outcomes and clarifies the risks that you will encounter.
Take note that:
•You will have scarring and potential loss or alteration of the nipple
•Breast droop as time goes by
•A significant reduction will potentially change the look and shape of your breasts
•The surgery doesn’t determine the lifetime shape and size of your breasts – this can change with time. They are bound to either increase or decrease with your body weight changes
It is important to be aware of these risks even if you are the ideal candidate for the procedure.
• The final breasts may be unevenly positioned
• Loss of senses in the nipples or breasts
• Being barred from breastfeeding once the surgery is done
• Scarring. However, the extremeness of the scars depends on the type of incision and vary from one person to another
Most women with very large breasts have more to gain than lose if they go on with this procedure. There are risks involved and thus women with moderately large breasts may not find the advantages outweighing the risks.
Incisions are the basis of breast reduction surgery to surgically remove excess fat, skin and tissue. There are cases when excess fat may be eradicated via liposuction and other excision methods discussed below.
In case the large breasts are attributed to excess fat and that excess skin isn’t a factor, then liposuction alone is enough to carry out breast reduction.
The technique selected is dependent on the specific patient, the amount of desired reduction, breast composition, personal considerations and advice from your surgeon.
To ensure you are comfortable throughout the surgery process and feel less pain, medications will be administered. You have two options here, either local sedation or general anesthesia.
With local sedation, the exact location of the surgery is numbed meaning you will be awake until the surgery is over. General anesthesia on the other hand is administered preferably through the arm and puts you to sleep. Your doctor will help you decide on what’s best for you.
There are different types of incisions that can be adopted, including:
• Making a circular marking around the areola – permanent and visible incision lines remain after the surgery. But these are normally well concealed with a bra or swimsuit
• A keyhole pattern in conjunction with an incision around the areola.
• An inverted T incision pattern
Your surgeon will decide on an incised pattern that you are comfortable with and one that he/she can perform better.
After making the incision, the nipple is repositioned as it remains associated with its original nerve and blood supply. The skin at the areola perimeter is excised to reduce its size.
The process results in the reduction of underlying breast size. In case the breasts are extremely large, it may be necessary to remove the nipple and areola and transplant them on a convenient position.
Once the surgery is done, the incisions are closed as a way of reshaping the now smaller breasts. The incision lines are permanent but may fade away as time goes by.
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