What is Breast Reduction?
Women with very large, pendulous breasts may experience a variety of medical problems caused by the excessive weight from back and neck pain to skin irritation. Bra straps may leave indentations in their shoulders. And unusually large breasts can make a woman or a teenage-girl feel extremely self-conscious.
Are you a candidate for a breast reduction?
If you are looking to…
- reduce large pendulous breasts size and at the same time improve the shape and nipple size and position
- improve your overall body contour and make the breasts proportional to your body size
- improve back and neck pain caused by excessively heavy breasts
- eliminate skin irritation and bra strap indentations and physical discomfort
Then a breast reduction may be the right choice for you. Dr. Ortega’s goal is to reduce your breast size and improve its appearance to give you a more natural look while improving the medical symptoms you are experiencing. The surgical technique depends on how much breast tissue needs to be removed and how much extra skin is present. Dr. Ortega will explain to you in great detail the surgical procedures and techniques available to you.
Breast Reduction Surgical Procedure
The breast reduction procedure can be performed as an out-patient although many patients opt for an overnight observation stay. The surgery on average lasts 3 to 4 hours and is performed under general anesthesia or deep sedation.
The surgical techniques vary, but the most common procedure involves an anchor-shaped incision that encircles the areola, extends downward, and follows the natural curve of the crease beneath the breast. A breast reduction essentially trades larger breasts for smaller breasts with scars. In certain cases techniques with less scarring can be used. Dr. Ortega will remove the excess glandular tissue, fat, and skin and will move the nipple and areola into their new position thereby reshaping the breast. In some cases liposuction may be used to remove excess fat from the armpit area. The surgical technique depends on how much breast tissue needs to be removed and how much extra skin is present. Dr. Ortega will explain to you in great detail the surgical procedures and techniques available to you.
After Breast Reduction Surgery
After your surgery, you will be given a surgical bra to wear. You may feel some discomfort for a couple of days. Dr. Ortega will prescribe medication to lessen any discomfort you may experience. Most patients report immediate relief of their back and neck pain. You will continue wearing the surgical bra around the clock for several weeks until the swelling and bruising subside.
You can expect to be up and around in a couple of days. However you probably should plan to be off work for about a week. You should avoid lifting or pushing heaving objects for about a month. In a month’s time you should be able to resume all your normal activities.
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