Breast Reduction (Mammoplasty)
What to know about a breast reduction? What happens during the first consultation?
It is widely believed that breast surgeries are only required by small-breasted women; this is not the case. Exceedingly big breast may cause just as many problems as the less decorative décolletage. Extreme breast size causes health problems in several cases, pain on the back and spine area, and can even lead to psychological problems. It can mean a difficulty in everyday life as well, during sports or in choosing the right clothes. For these ladies the breast reduction offers a solution, in the course of which the plastic surgeon reduces the volume and weight of the breast and forms an aesthetical shape.
During the first consultation with the plastic surgeon you have the opportunity to discuss the details of the breast reduction surgery and your expectations concerning the results. The plastic surgeon examines you, you discuss the personalized possibilities, and then he explains the different surgical techniques and shows where the scars will be located after the operation. After this, you talk through the possible risk factors and complications. At the consultation you have the chance to see the reference photos of the plastic surgeon.
Preparing for the breast reduction surgery
Before the breast reduction you must go for a complete medical check-up. The reason for this is to find out whether you have any health problems that could have an influence on the breast surgery. All preliminary examinations are made at our Plastic Surgery Institute, so you do not need to queue up and wait in other health centers. In the course of the examination laboratory tests, and as occasion requires, other examinations (ECG, X-rays, breast ultrasound, mammography, etc.) are performed according to the suggestion of the surgeon.
In certain cases we advise our patients to change their lifestyle a in the days preceding the breast reduction. To facilitate the proper recovery, it is important that you do not smoke because nicotine slows down the processes of regeneration and harmfully influences the healing of the wound. In the days before the breast reduction surgery you should eat light food, drink lots of fluids and take some vitamins (vitamin C, selenium, zinc). Two weeks before the breast reduction you should avoid the use of aspirin, ginko biloba and other naturopathic products.
In the course of the breast reduction the superfluous gland and adipose tissue are eliminated. The plastic surgeon forms the aesthetic, shapely breast from the remaining gland stock. In the course of the plastic surgery procedure the unity of the milk duct remains, so breast reductions do not influence breastfeeding after the surgery. Depending on the type of the breast reduction, surgery takes 2.5-3 hours, and it is performed under general anesthesia.
The techniques of the breast reduction surgery
The technique of the operation means the choice and localization of the necessary incisions. In the course of the breast reduction more types of techniques can be applied. The vertical, also known as short technique consists of a circular and a short vertical incision. In the case of a more significant correction we apply the so-called reverse T incision, where besides the circular and short incision a crosswise incision is also made underneath the breast in the breast fold. The plastic surgeon will decide on the basis of the conditions and the structure of your breast which correction technique will result in an aesthetic, natural shape in your case.
Recovery and risks of a breast reduction
At our Plastic Surgery Institute we aim to make the period after the breast reduction as convenient as possible for you. In order to do this, a waterproof bandage is placed on the wounds, so you can even have a shower at home. After the breast reduction surgery you must spend one night in our Plastic Surgery Institute. To achieve the perfect result and look we work with self-absorbing stitches, this way the scars heal a lot more aesthetically and we save you the possible inconveniences of the stitch removal. After the breast reduction you must wear a special bra for 8 weeks. Our institute provides you with these items of clothing.
In the first 2 weeks of the recovery all demanding physical activities must be avoided. After 2 weeks you can gradually return to your previous lifestyle. In three weeks time you can start to do light exercises. Sunbathing, going to swimming pools and the use of solarium and sauna must be avoided for 2 months. After the breast reduction you have to attend control examinations on the 7th and 14th day, and the 6th and 12th week. The recovery time of the outer scars is 6 months, while the inner scars heal completely in 2 years. To facilitate the healing of the wound it is advisable to use scar creams.
Before the breast reduction surgery we aim to filter out the possible risk factors with preliminary examinations, but even so unpredictable complications may occur. Breast surgeries count as routine plastic procedures. The chance for occurrence of complications is extremely slight, but it cannot be excluded. Such complications can be the following: infection, oedema, serous oedema, or the formation of a keloid scar, temporary alteration regarding the sensitivity of the nipples, asymmetry between the two breasts.
The results of the breast reduction surgery
After the breast reduction surgery a thin, inconspicuous scar is left on the skin at some visible and invisible places. The scars are permanent, but they will fade with time. The breasts will obtain their final shape after half a year. With the help of the surgery the patients can get rid of their previous health problems, pains in the back and spine area, their posture improves, and according to the opinion of our guests, self-confidence increases, and their previous complexes ceased to exist, all of which has had a positive effect in all fields of their lives.
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