Breast reduction surgery, also referred to as reduction mammoplasty, decreases the size of a patient’s breasts. During the procedure, excess fat and skin is removed from the breasts. The remaining breasts are reshaped and the nipples are repositioned so that the breasts are smaller.
Also Known As:
- Reduction mammoplasty
- Breast surgery
Conditions Treated with Breast Reduction:
Patients may undergo a breast reduction to treat problems like neck, shoulder, or back pain. Some patients with breasts that are too large also experience respiratory problems and sleeping issues, or find that it is challenging to participate in sports or to deal with unwanted attention. A breast reduction may also be used to even out two differently sized breasts.
Alternatives to breast reduction include weight loss and liposuction of the breasts.
Anesthesia with Breast Reduction:
Breast reduction is performed with general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from Breast Reduction:
Complications of a breast reduction procedure can include infection, bleeding, scarring and a negative reaction to the anesthesia that is used. Some patients experience soreness, swelling and bruising following the procedure. Additionally, it is possible for patients to have reduced nipple sensitivity or an uneven breast appearance.
Prognosis after Breast Reduction:
The prognosis for a positive end result following breast reduction surgery is good. It can take six to 12 months for the patient’s breasts to reach their final, permanent shape.
Recovery from Breast Reduction:
Total recovery time following a breast reduction is four to six weeks.