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Breast Reduction Surgery

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Every woman’s dream is to have perfect and upright breasts. Due to genetic factors, weight loss, and childbirth, large breasts may sag and affect individuals’ self confidence negatively however, it is possible to reshape the breast tissue with breast reduction operation to give the best breast size proportion. Breast Reduction surgery, or reduction mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure designed to correct overly large breasts for women. This procedure will reduce the size of the breasts and heaviness that women have to support.  Women considering breast reduction surgery commonly experience health concerns that may affect them physically and emotionally.  The benefits of having breast reduction surgery include a more proportional breast-to-body relationship, less shoulder, neck and upper back discomfort.  Additionally this procedure will lessen the discomfort during physical activities such as running and other sport activities.  Breast reduction surgery will give the breast a lifted, rejuvenated and more youthful position.

What Is The Purpose Of Breast Reduction Surgery?

The purpose of the breast reduction operation is to reach the symmetrical breast. In this method, it is aimed to reduce the breast size to improve patients’ self-image and the ability to take action in physical activities. Moreover, the surgery helps to ease discomforts such as chronic back, neck, nerve and shoulder pain, restricted physical activity, and chronic skin irritation under the breasts. Most patients that require removal of excess skin with the excess of breast tissue and therefore an incision are made to excess the skin.  The incisions are made around the edge of the areola and from the bottom of the areola to the crease under the breasts “also called a “vertical’ or “lollipop” technique”.   A third incision in the crease under the breast can also be added to allow for even more reduction in size if required. Often women find that there is extra skin just to the side of their breast on the chest wall also called “bra rolls” can be corrected.  The bra rolls often stick out above or below the bra straps on the side. 

How Does The Breast Reduction Surgery Perform?

Before breast reduction surgery, individuals would consult with the surgeon to discuss the process and have more information about the patient’s history. Afterwards, breast pictures are taken to organize the surgical plan. The operation is carried out based on this plan. Since there is a breast size for each body structure, it is crucial for the surgeon to plan the process.

After the consultation, the process is done with the light of certain techniques and plans. In the operation, the gladder tissue, adipose tissue, the skin, and nipple area of the breast are reduced. While the breast tissue is reduced, the saggy skin caused by the excess tissue is removed as well. This helps to have smaller and firmer breasts.  It is important to understand that incisions made during breast reduction surgery will result in scars after surgery.  These scars generally heal well and will become lighter in colour over time.  The scars are not visible in clothing or bathing suits.  However as with all scars, they are visible when you are not clothed and they are permanent. 

Depending on the breast volume and age of the patient, it could only be a limited operation scar around the nipple, a scar extending down from the nipple also known as vertical technique or an inverted t-shaped shape. Right after the surgery, these scars would become red and pink however, over time, they would return to the patient’s skin color. Regardless of the used technique, the scars would remain in the bra under the nipple. Usually, the scaring technique (T-Shaped) is used.

The Best Candidates for Breast Reduction

Most women who have breast reduction surgery feel that the size of their breasts restrict their activities and cause them physical discomfort. They are more interested in physical relief than simply cosmetic improvement.

In most cases, breast reduction isn’t performed until a woman’s breasts are fully developed. It can be done earlier if large breasts are causing serious physical discomfort. The best breast reduction candidates are those who are mature enough to fully understand the procedure and have realistic expectations about the results. Breast reduction is not recommended for women who want to breastfeed.

How Long Does Breast Reduction Surgery Take?

The operation is performed under general anesthesia. The surgery varies depending on the breast volume however, it takes about 3-5 hours for both breasts. Patients stay in the hospital for the first 1 day. The thin resins in the breasts (tubes that drain the blood collections inside) are a take on the 1st or 2nd day after the operation. If everything goes normal under the watch of the surgeon, 5-6 dressings would be sufficient. On the days after the operation, dressings are facilitated with special carrier bras to help to reduce swelling. After the 5th-7th days, patients could take a bath and after the 8th day, they could get into the sea and pool. While bruises would disappear within the 7-10 days, it takes 6-8 weeks for swellings to be healed.

There are two types of problems after surgery. These are called early and late problems. In early problems, bleeding, infection, problems in wound healing could be seen however, these happen extremely rare. Late issues could be related to the shape and scars of the breasts. In dark-skinned people, scars, redness, and itching could be common compared to individuals with pale skin.

The technique we use is called Central Pedicle Technique which does not disrupt the nipple-mammary gland relationship. This advantage of this technique is it does not disrupt milk channels. This means patients would be able to breastfeed after the surgery.

Could Patients Breastfeed After Surgery?

There are some factors that could affect the breastfeeding situation of the patient. These are the size of the breast, the sagging rate, and the age of the patient. For those who would like to have a pregnancy, breastfeeding function could be maintained by using techniques that protect the mammary gland and nipple. Some large breasts would need adequate reduction, breastfeeding function could be sacrificed within the knowledge of the patient.

How Long Should I Wear A Corset After The Surgery?

It is recommended to wear a sports bra and corset for a month after the surgery. Patients should not be doing any intense exercise. After the 6th month, the breast would get the ideal size and shape.

What Should I Be Aware Of After The Surgery?

Patients should avoid heavy workouts for the first month after the operation. We do recommend taking a rest for the first 3 days. For the first month, it is not recommended to do push-pull or heavy lifting activities.

How much does Breast Reduction Surgery cost?

For Ministry of Health-accredited centers, it is not legal to specify prices on their website.  Therefore, please dial +905442684433 to contact my assistant and get information on breast reduction surgery prices.

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