Breast Reduction

Breast Reduction Saginaw

Large breasts can cause pain, improper posture, rashes, breathing problems, skeletal deformities, and low self-esteem. Breast reduction surgery is usually done to provide relief from these symptoms. Performed under general anesthesia, the 2 to 4 hour procedure removes fat and glandular tissue and tightens skin to produce smaller and lighter breasts that are in a healthier proportion to the rest of the body.

The Procedure

Breast reduction surgery is not recommended for women who intend to breast-feed, since many of the milk ducts leading to the nipples are interrupted or removed.

During the procedure, a lollipop-shaped incision is made from the new location of the nipple down to the crease beneath the breast; sometimes, an incision is required within the crease below the breast as well. Dr. Weiss removes excess breast tissue, fat, and skin, relocates the nipple and areola, and reshapes the breast using skin from around the areola before closing the incisions with stitches.

For a few days after surgery the breasts are bound with a surgical bra and you may be given drainage tubes for fluid removal. Stitches come out in a week and the surgical bra must be worn for about a month.

A little pain is normal after surgery. Whether it’s swelling during menstruation, numbness or increased sensitivity, or random, shooting pains, some discomfort may last for a few months. Swelling, bruising, crusting and slight changes in breast size are also common. Most patients return to work in about two weeks, although you should avoid heavy lifting for three to four and only gentle contact with the breasts should occur for six weeks.

Scars fade with time but will not disappear, although they can be hidden with a bra, bathing suit or low-cut top.

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