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Breast Reduction Surgery

Breast Reduction Surgery


Best Reduction Mammoplasty/Breast Reduction in Delhi

 
Care Well Medical Center offers the best Reduction mammoplasty/Breast Reduction surgery in Delhi (South Delhi) combined with the best Breast Reduction cost. Surgery is recommended after investigating the health condition & the age of the patient. Surgery is executed by the team of experienced surgeons headed by Sr. Cosmetic Surgeon Dr. Sandeep Bhasin.
 

Reduction Mammoplasty/Breast Reduction Surgery: An Overview

 
If you have large breasts and you are considering reduction mammoplasty, then this post will give you in depth knowledge on the procedure. Let’s give it a read.

Like any other surgery, breast reduction surgery or reduction mammoplasty may also involve some degree of risks. These risks may vary from woman to woman.

But, before you read about some potential risks associated with the surgery, let’s find out what is reduction mammoplasty.

 

What is Reduction mammoplasty?

It’s a surgical procedure that is performed to remove:

  • Excess fat
  • Glandular tissues
  • Skin from breasts

This is to give patient smaller, firmer, and lighter breast that is in proportion to their body frame. Sometimes, this procedure is also done to reduce the size of alveolars and to graft them along with nipples into a higher position. This is in order to create better shaped breasts in patient.

This surgery is done to address a variety of medical issues such as:

  • Neck & back problem
  • Skeletal deformities
  • Skin irritation
  • Breathing issues in patients

But, women having pendulous, large mammary organs are also seen dealing with mental and emotional stress caused by oversized breasts. So, women who are unhappy with their breasts size can also consider this surgery as an aesthetic procedure.

Typically, breast reduction surgery addresses following medical issues in women:

  • Poor body posture
  • Obstructed physical activities dues to excessive weight of breasts
  • Negative impact on self-esteem
  • Skin rashes and skin irritation under the mammary organs
  • Wardrobe concerns
  • Chronic pain in neck, back, & shoulders

 

Are You the Best Candidate for Breast Reduction Surgery?

Many women are uncertain if they are a good candidate for this sort of surgery. Leaving aside medical issues due to overly large breasts, some women feel self-conscious about their excessive breast weight. These women are advised that they should undergo reduction mammoplasty to get back in shape.

Besides, physical and emotional discomfort, if you are physically fit and don’t smoke, you are an ideal candidate for reduction mammoplasty.

 

What is the Cost of Breast Reduction Surgery in India?

Reduction mammoplasty is not expensive in India. But, it requires higher degree of surgical skills. The cost of this sort of surgery depends on many factors including

  • The surgeon’s experience
  • Geographical location of the clinic
  • The type of surgical procedure amongst other

 

Basically, breast reduction cost depends on following factors:

  1. Medical examinations
  2. Medications
  3. Fee for anesthesia
  4. Infrastructure used
  5. Material required

However, some insurance companies in India cover either whole or some part of cost of reduction mammoplasty. This is if the surgery is necessary for relieving the patient from medical problems caused by large breasts.

So, if you are looking for breast reduction surgery in near future you should contact your health insurance company to know if they partly or entirely cover the cost for the surgery.

 

What to Expect Before Surgery?

A woman should discuss with her surgeon about her medical conditions and pre-treatments. They should also talk their doctor about previous surgeries and drug allergies. This is in order to prevent potential complications.

Those having a family history of breast cancers are recommended to discuss the fact with their surgeon before the surgery. Sometimes, patients are also encouraged to ask their surgeon about the anesthesia that is going to be used during the procedure.

Patients are also better off knowing in detail about the procedure that the surgeon will use to make the breasts firmer and evenly proportioned.

 

What to Expect Post Surgery?

After surgery, patients are suggested to use the surgical bra twenty four hours a day in order to support the breasts. There may be a plastic tube in each breast to let the blood and other fluids drain out of the body for first couple of days. After a fortnight, stitches are removed.

To relieve pain, swelling and bruising, medicines are suggested to patients. Breast healing is observed within three weeks post operation. And, at this point of time patients can stop taking medicines to subside pain and swelling in the breasts.

In addition to that, women can resume their normal activity by this time. But they are prevented from lifting excessive weight or doing strenuous exercise for few more weeks.

It is important to note here that there will be a visible scar on a patient’s breast. The scar can fade over a period of time but it never disappears. Though, the scar can easily be concealed by a bra or swimsuit.

 

What are the Potential Risks of Reduction Mammoplasty?

As stated earlier, reduction mammoplasty involves various risks. Few of them can easily be treated and do less harm to patients. However, few complications are serious but thankfully, they aren’t commonly observed.

Since potential risks and complications associated with reduction mammoplasty make the important discussion of this post, each of these complications will be described here in detail.

 

Superficial Risks of Reduction mammoplasty/Breast Reduction Surgery

  • Scars – breast reduction surgery leaves visible scars on breasts. Since these scars never fade away, specialized treatments are done to remove post-surgery scars. Such treatments may include Fraxel laser treatment, Healite II, exfoliating facial, and enzyme peels.
  • Delayed Healing – if you are a smoker or obese or are malnourished, then you may experience delayed healing process.
  • Nipple Sensitivity – temporary loss of nipple sensation is one of the most common issues post reduction mammoplasty. Typically, it takes almost six months for nipples to restore the lost sensation.
  • Infection – sometimes, patients get infection post-surgery. This can be treated by the use of proper antibiotics.
  • Breast Asymmetry – slight unevenness in breasts is pretty natural. This can still exist following surgery. This is not considered as a major reduction mammoplasty complication.
  • Breastfeeding – depending upon the surgical procedure used for the surgery, nipples and areola can be separated from blood vessels and milk duct. If it happens, wo man will never be able to breastfeed. But, in most cases, after few weeks post- surgery women resume their breastfeeding ability and can nurse their infants.

 

Serious Surgical Risks that are Less Commonly Observed

  • I.General Anesthesia – smaller percentage of patients is allergic to general anesthesia and cannot tolerate the drug. Specific concerns are taken in advance to help patients respond well to the drug.
  • II.Nipple Loss/Necrosis – it’s very rare but serious issue in which tissues decay is observed in areola. Sometimes, this complication affects a part of the areola but at times, it can take over whole part of nipple. This complication is most frequently occurred in smokers.
  • III.Bleeding – sometimes, blood gets collected at the surgical site in the breasts. This pool of blood is called haematoma. To treat this condition, you may undergo another surgery which is usually invasive.
  • IV.Allergies – some patients are allergic to antibiotics, injected agents, suture materials, blood products, glues, and surgical tapes. Such patients are suggested to contact their surgeon immediately.
  • V.Keloid Scars or Large scars – scars and surgery go hand in hand. In simple words, after any sort of surgery, having visible scars is pretty natural for patients. However, severity of scars varies from person to person. Few patients have more visible, uneven scars than other patients. To help your scars heal better, naturally, and speedily, you are advised to use silicone stripes after consulting your surgeon.

 

Does Smoking have Harmful Effect on Healing Post Reduction Mammoplasty?

Smoking is one of the biggest factors that affects wound healing. It delays healing process via reducing the blood flow to the surgical site in the breasts.

It is important to note that reduction mammoplasty already reduces the blood flow to skin edges, nipples, and areola. It usually takes one or two months for the body to rebuild blood circulation into these areas post-surgery.

Hence, patients are advised not to smoke for at least sixty days from the surgery. If you do, you might struggle with poor scars, healing problems, or loss of areola/nipples.

It’s extremely important to remember that smokers are at a high risk of loss of nipples. Carbon monoxide is present in cigarette smoke and nicotine. They together reduce the blood flow to various body parts including operated breasts.

When blood flow to breasts becomes greatly stopped, nipples and areola die soon. This is why smokers must stop smoking one month prior to the surgery. They also need to stay off cigarette for at least one month after the surgery.

 

How should you prepare for Breast Reduction Surgery?

Prior to the surgery, your surgeon will advise you to do the following:

  • Some laboratory examinations are required
  • You will be given certain medicines
  • You will be asked to adjust your current medication
  • A mammogram will be performed before and after the breast reduction surgery in order to detect any changes in the mammary gland tissues
  • You might be asked to quit using certain drugs that can increase bleeding
  • You need to follow the post-operative instructions to ensure fast recovery
  • You must stop smoking well in advance

 

What are Important Steps of Reduction Mammaplasty?

To remove excess tissues or skin from breasts, surgeon makes one or several cuts in the organ. Incision pattern usually depends on the technique used for reshaping your breasts. Though, there are three types of incisions that are popularly seen in reduction mammaplasty.

  • Circular incision around the areola
  • Key-whole incision that circles the areola and extends down to the natural breast crease
  • Anchor-shaped incision

Below is described important steps taken by the surgeon:

  • Anesthesia – depending on your health, a surgeon will tell you to go either for intravenous or general anesthesia.
  • Incision – as you read above, there are three types of incisions are used for altering the breasts’ appearance. Selection of an incision depends on the surgical technique that a surgeon is going to use for the surgery.
  • Re-shaping, Repositioning, and Graft ing – glandular tissues and skin are removed to reshape and reduce the breasts size. Sometimes, nipple and areola have to be repositioned or the size of areola is reduced to achieve the goal of firmer, smaller breasts. However, nipple and areola grafting is also needed to re-shape especially pendulous breasts. For grafting, nipples and areola are completely removed and then relocated to a newer position on the breast.
  • Stitching the Cuts – now, incisions are stitched together to reshape the organ. Stitches are made deep within the organ tissues to ensure better support to the newly reshaped breast. Though the cut marks are permanent, they usually fade away over time and become less visible.

 

How to Recover from Brest Reduction Surgery?

Post-operative instructions are needed to be followed to ensure faster recovery from the surgery. These instructions include different types of medicines. The patient needs to apply these medicines over the surgical site on the breasts and take oral medicines in order to reduce the risk of infection.

Besides medication, patients are advised to wear bandages or surgical bra over the dressing to help stitches heal properly. Stitches are removed after one or two weeks.

During this period, patients are requested to cut on the salt consumption and increase the water intake. This is in order to help the fluid flush out of the body that causes swelling on the breasts.

Though patients can resume their normal activity within two weeks post-surgery, they are refrained from lifting heavy weights or tiring exercise. This will help the organ heal faster.

 

What are the Long Term Recovery Concerns?

Recovery varies greatly from person to person. Few women feel numbness or experience hypersensitivity of breasts up to a year. In contrast, few women don’t experience any of the above symptoms. Likewise, scar haling also varies per person.

To reduce post-surgery symptoms like swelling, pain, and breasts tenderness patients are advised to change their lifestyle and keep from heavy workout for several months post operation. Including lots of protein and vitamin C into diet will also help patients heal faster. Thus, eating right to boost their recovery after the surgery is also important for patients.

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