Reduction mammoplasty, a breast reduction procedure meant to counteract the health hazards like Back, neck and shoulder pain, along with circulation and breathing problems associated with large, heavy breasts.
Generally carried out on women but in certain cases like gynaecomastia (abnormally large mammary glands) it is also performed on men. Particular breast reduction is also carried out on women who think that their breasts are too big on general proportion to their bodies.
The procedure is generally performed under general anesthetic and involves the removal of the excess glandular tissue, fat and skin and the nipples and areola are repositioned. The sensation in the areola is lost in the grafting process.
Healthcare: Pre- and Post-Reduction Mammoplasty
The doctor and the patient need to discuss the pre and post surgical issues clearly before going in for a procedure. X-rays and mammography are taken for future references and case studies. When planning a breast reduction procedure, a doctor and patient will discuss post-surgical issues, and x-rays of the breasts are required for future reference.
The medical practitioner also advises to take proper post-operative care in terms of smoking, drinking, and avoiding certain medicines. The doctor may also recommend special post surgical bra or a moisturizer to keep the skin soft. The doctor may also recommend avoiding contact during the first few weeks.
The maximum time a body can take to acclimatize to the new breast size may be between ten to twelve months. Minor complications like fluid retention; disproportion, drooping, delayed healing, lack of or changed nipple sensation, altered erogenous function and scarring.