Both men and women elect to have breast reduction surgery. A condition called gynecomastia causes men to develop breasts that resemble a woman’s. Women may choose to have breast reduction surgery to alleviate discomfort and back injuries caused by the excess weight carried or to create a breast size proportionate to their body.
Breast reduction surgery is complex, even more so than breast augmentation. Unlike it’s outpatient care counterpart, breast reduction surgery usually means an overnight stay in the hospital and will require general anesthesia. The complexities of breast reduction stem from the required three incisions: one around the areola, a second vertical line extending down from the areola and the third along the lower contour of the breast. It takes an experienced surgeon to perform a breast reduction.
The surgeon will remove breast tissue, fat and skin, and will reposition the areola. In most cases, the surgeon will try to keep the nipple attached, especially if, as a female, you have not yet finished having babies. In some cases, the nipple will have to be detached in order to put it in the desired location. This is why it takes a skilled breast reduction surgeon with deft hands to perform. The process is mathematical as much as it is artistic.
Common Problems After Breast Reduction
The most common problems patients experience after a breast reduction surgery are the potential side effects resulting from the trauma of the surgery on the body:
- Infection – fever and other signs of infection are representative of your body’s inability to respond to the trauma that was caused.
- Scarring – usually denoted by painful red areas that subside and fade over time.
- Breastfeeding issues – if the breast reduction is performed while you are pregnant, then complications with breastfeeding may arise. This is why it’s recommended to wait until the child is born.
- Loss of shape – preserving the curve underneath the breast and maintaining its shape creates a good aesthetic. Loss of shape may happen if a surgeon is not careful enough.
- Loss of sensation in the nipples – there’s always a chance that loss of sensation in the nipples will occur, but is only temporary.
Careful choice in selecting the best surgeon for your needs will set yourself up for the best possible outcome for the surgery: a board-certified plastic surgeon is a good starting point. With that in mind and implemented into the surgical plan, the external surgical risks are lessened and the post-op results are up to your mind and body. Believing in the power of your body to heal is more than half the battle.