What is Breast Reduction ?
Breast reduction, also known as reduction mammoplasty, is a procedure that reduces and reshapes your breasts, rendering them more proportional to the rest of your body.
It is a common procedure that improves the aesthetic appearance of the breast, while also relieving the physical and emotional aspects of overly large breasts. This procedure should ideally be performed after a woman has completed having children as it may affect their ability to breast feed.
Good Candidates for Breast Reduction Have:
Large, drooping breasts that are disproportionately large compared to the rest of your body frame
Large, sagging breasts with nipples that are pointed downwards
Asymmetrical large breasts
Large breasts that create neck, back, and shoulder pain.
Large breasts responsible for painful grooves on shoulders from bra straps
Large breasts, affecting their posture and limiting their ability to exercise
Benefits of Breast Reduction
- Feel more comfortable. That’s because larg breasts are heavy, and can cause neck pain, back pain, skin irritation and posture problems.
- Avoid painful shoulder indentations and back pain. Heavy breasts cause a constant pull of bra straps that leave painful indentations in a woman’s shoulder and are responsible for back pain. These symptoms tend to improve significantly or even resolve completely with a breast reduction, which is why this procedure has one of the highest satisfaction rates of any surgery.
- Participate in sporting activities. Large, heavy breasts often place limits on women and keep them from participating in sports and other activities. Large breasts often make physical activities painful and can be awkward for some women.
- Avoid embarrassment. When breasts are out of proportion to a woman’s height and weight it can be embarrassing. This is especially true for teenagers and young women, who often feel self-conscious wearing swimsuits or other forms of revealing clothing. It’s also hard to find clothing that actually fits well.
A breast reduction is performed under a general anesthetic and will take approximately 2 hours to complete.
Dr. AL Asfoor will choose either a straight vertical-type incision (vertical reduction) with an incision around the areola or the traditional anchor-shaped incision (Key-hole reduction) depending on your breast shape and size.
After the Surgery
- Most patients are able to return home two hours following the surgery.
- Patients may experience some pain along the breasts and chest wall that usually settles within a few days. Dr. Alasfoor will prescribe you a pain reliever. After the first week, Paracetamol is usually sufficient for any discomfort and most patients are able to resume regular activities after 2 weeks.
- Following the surgery, you may have some mild bruising and swelling. The breasts will also feel quite firm as a result of the swelling. They will gradually soften and start to settle, becoming more natural looking within several weeks to months.
- During the first 2 weeks after the surgery, you should avoid any strenuous activities. For the first 4 weeks, sleeping on your stomach or sides should also be avoided.
- Alasfoor will typically see you within one week after the surgery. At this time, he will provide you with detailed scar care instructions. The next visits will be after 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months and 1 year.