Breast reduction surgery, or reduction mammaplasty, is performed to reduce the size and weight of large and pendulous breasts, and to improve the shape of the breasts.
Common problems with enlarged breasts may include back pain, neck pain, difficulty exercising, bra strap grooving of the shoulders, as well as discomfort and rashes underneath the breasts. In addition to the physical problems associated with enlarged breasts, patients may be unhappy with the size of their breasts and their negative impact on appearance and self- image.
Breast reduction surgery reduces the size of the breasts while reshaping the breast contour and position. Patients will often experience significant improvement or complete resolution of their painful symptoms, and an improved body image and self esteem.
Breast surgery may be covered by insurance to alleviate shoulder and neck pain, rashes under the breasts, inability to exercise, and limitations in daily activity due to the weight and size of the breasts.
Reduction mammoplasty can be done on either an outpatient basis or with an overnight stay, and most operations take around four hours.
Postoperative pain following breast reduction surgery is typically well controlled using oral pain prescriptions. Patients typically plan for approximately a week of rest and down time after completing surgery, then two more weeks of somewhat restricted activity. Usually one can return to work after a week. Patients wear a supportive postoperative bra for approximately four weeks in order to allow for proper healing and the best outcome. Sutures are all dissolvable, and if drains are necessary, they are usually in for two or three days. The final breast shape and size is settled about four to five months after surgery.
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