What is breast reduction surgery?
Also known as reduction mammaplasty, breast reduction surgery removes excess breast fat, glandular tissue and skin to achieve a breast size in proportion with your body and to alleviate the discomfort associated with overly large breasts.
If you have disproportionately large breasts that are causing neck pain, back pain, or other physical symptoms, you may be considering breast reduction surgery.
Most women who get breast reduction are very satisfied with the results. Men with conditions such as gynecomastia (in which male breasts are abnormally enlarged) may also get breast reduction.
How to Prepare for Breast Reduction Surgery
You need to be in good physical shape to ensure proper healing, so follow your surgeon’s instructions before and after breast reduction surgery.
Before you undergo surgery, you’ll need to get your home ready for your recovery. Have these things on hand:
Plenty of ice
Gauze and clean washcloths and towels
Loose, comfortable T-shirts and blouses
Special ointments or creams as recommended by your surgeon for the incision sites
You should also plan ahead for someone to drive you home and stay with you for at least the first night after the procedure, if you’re not staying in the hospital.
How Breast Reduction Surgery Is Done
Depending on your personal situation, breast reduction surgery can be done in an outpatient facility, or you may have to stay at least one night in the hospital. In either case, you will get general anesthesia, which means you will be put to “sleep” during the procedure.
Breast reduction surgery will take about two to five hours, sometimes longer. Your surgeon will make a cut around your nipple then downward on the breast in the form of a keyhole. The operating team will remove extra skin, tissue, and fat from your breasts and reposition your nipple. Your surgeon may use drainage tubes and then stitch up your breasts and wrap them in a special gauze. You may also need to wear a surgical bra.