Running, swimming, dancing – these are the activities many of us do without a second thought. For some women, however, a simple movement can result in severe back, neck or shoulder pain, general discomfort and self-consciousness. Having large breasts can also find you searching high and low for clothes that fit appropriately, as well as contending with bra straps that dig painfully into your skin. Does this sound all too familiar? If you are considering a breast reduction procedure to put an end to your woes, read on. Below you’ll find five of the things you should know before going any further.
The General Process
Understanding what the process will involve is extremely important. While every clinic and surgeon will have their own methods and procedures in place, generally speaking, the process will involve the following:
An anaesthetic will be administered
Markings will be made on the breast area
Incisions will be made
Excess breast tissue will be removed
Your breasts will be reshaped
The nipple and areola will be moved higher
The incision will be closed using sutures
The affected area will be dressed with gauze and tape.
Some surgeries, such as Cosmetic Surgery for Women have this sort of information accessible on their website, allowing prospective clients to make informed decisions.
There Are Several Techniques
The way in which your surgeon makes the incisions will depend on which technique they are using. Three of the more common techniques include the ‘Benelli’ (the incision is made only around the areola), the ‘Anchor’ (the incision is made around the areola and then moves down in a vertical direction to the breast crease, before moving horizontally along the crease), and the ‘Le Jour’ or ‘Lollipop’ technique (the incision is made around the areola and then moves down in a vertical line).
Your surgeon will likely discuss the benefits and disadvantages of each technique and explain why a certain method would be more suitable for you and your body.
The Recovery Journey
As with any form of cosmetic surgery, recovery time is dependent on the specific type of procedure you are having and you as an individual. Maintaining a healthy diet both before and after your surgery will help you recover quicker, as your body has the vitamins and nutrients it needs to heal.
Your surgeon will also likely provide you with special supportive bras to be worn in the first few weeks after the surgery. You should also avoid any strenuous activity in the first few months post-surgery.
Any professional and trustworthy surgeon will run through all the risks and complications associated with breast reduction. It can be daunting, but the reality is that you could experience any of the following:
Prolonged wound healing times.
Having a frank conversation with your surgeon should help you understand whether you are more at risk for certain issues, or whether others will likely not be applicable.
It can Improve Quality of Life
The last thing to know about breast reduction is that it can have a lasting positive effect on your lifestyle. If successful, a breast reduction surgery can help you be more active, help you feel more in proportion and help boost your confidence.