What is Breast Reduction? What does it involve?
Breast reduction is a surgical procedure offered at Alliance Cosmetic Center. It entails removing excess breast fat, tissue, and skin. This procedure is done to achieve breasts that are in proportion to your body. It is also done to alleviate discomfort associated with overly large breasts. For some women, very large breasts cause an array of issues from back, neck and shoulder pain, to difficulty with fashion and exercise. For some men, the breast tissue may grow large or be fattier than a typical male chest. This can cause a lot of discomfort and self-confidence issues, as well as awkward fitting clothing. A breast reduction can help remedy these issues for both men and women to achieve the desired breast size for their body.
Healing and Recovery
While breast reduction is a fairly safe and common procedure, it is still considered a major surgery and requires significant recovery time. For the first 2 to 3 days after the surgery, the patient will be required to wear a special surgical bra or an elastic bandage over the dressings and gauze. Once the dressings and gauze are removed, the patient is required to continue wearing the surgical bra for at least a few weeks. Stitches can be removed approximately 1 to 2 weeks after surgery. It can take around 6 months to a year before all swelling subsides and for the final results to become apparent.
Complications and Risks. Here are some possible complications and risks that can arise during or after surgery.
- Adverse reaction to anesthesia
- Allergic reactions
- Breast asymmetry
- Breast shape irregularities
- Cardiac and pulmonary complications
- Changes in nipple or breast sensation (it can be temporary or permanent)
- Damage to underlying structures
- Fat necrosis (fatty tissue death)
- Hematoma or Seroma (blood and fluid accumulation under the skin)
- Infection and bleeding
- Nerve damage or disruption resulting in changes in sensation
- Poor wound healing
- Possible partial or total loss of areola and nipple
- Pain-which may persist (if it persists, please contact the office)
It is vital for you to understand the risks involved in this procedure. If you have any concerns or questions, make sure to talk to your surgeon.
Costs can vary from one patient to another and is dependent on different factors.
For an initial evaluation and other inquiries, please Schedule a Consultation or get in touch with us at 856-764-7660.