Breast Reduction at Duggal Plastic Surgery
A breast reduction, also known as reduction mammoplasty, both reduces and reshapes large breasts. This can be done for cosmetic reasons to have smaller lifted breasts in better proportion to your body, or is occasionally covered by insurance for medical reasons to improve chronic back and neck pain.
Any woman who feels her breasts are too large is a good candidate for a breast reduction. Smoking greatly increases the complication rates, so quitting for at least 6 weeks prior to surgery is necessary.
Breast reduction is done under general anesthesia in the operating rooms and can be an out patient procedure. In the majority of cases, incisions are placed around the nipple and in a vertical line from the bottom of the nipple to the crease underneath the breast (called a “vertical pattern breast reduction”). In some cases an additional incision may be required in the crease underneath the breast (called a “Wise pattern breast reduction”).
In the majority of cases, you may resume light activities after surgery and full activities in 2-3 weeks. Your breasts will initially be sore and swollen but this will improve over the first few weeks. It may take up to 3-6 months to see the final results. The incisions will heal over the first few weeks and the scars will continue to improve over the first year.
The most common complication after surgery is small areas of delayed wound healing along the incision that might require a bandaid or small dressing for a few weeks. Significant complications such as blood or fluid collections, or larger wound healing problems, are very rare and may require a second operation. For healthy women the risk of a blood clot or a complication from anesthesia is very low.