Breast Reduction Surgery
Breast Reduction, clinical parlance reduction mammoplasty, is the surgical procedure by which a breast can be reshaped, reduced and uplifted. Although breast reduction deals with reduction in the size of the breasts, it also achieves a degree of breast lift at the same time.
Benefits of Breast Reduction Surgery
Large breasts are often a social problem in women. Others might have symptoms emanating from breast enlargement like neck and back pain and injury to the shoulders which can result in bleeding and formation of a deep groove by a tight bra from the weight of the breasts. Additionally, women with large breasts are subjected to recurrent skin infections over the skin of the lower part of the breast as it tends to get macerated from the weight of the breasts. All these women are candidates for breast reduction surgery or reduction mammaplasty in which the skin of the breasts, normal fat and glandular tissue are excised so as to give an aesthetic shape to the breasts. Please note that there is no age limit to breast reduction although patients who go in for this surgery during their teenage years might require a subsequent surgery later on if the breasts regrow back under the effects of the female hormones.
A variety of techniques are employed for breast reduction but at cosmetic surgery Kolkata Dr. Adhikari prefers vertical scar techniques which provide the least amount of scarring. Additionally, liposuction is used for better breast definition. If you have huge breasts, then you might only be a candidate for breast amputation, where the nipple areolar complex is taken out and put in as a free graft. Breast feeding is not possible with this type of surgery.
This operation is performed under general anesthesia in which the patient is put to sleep during the procedure. Depending on your recovery, you might be discharged on the same day of the surgery although a 1 day stay is recommended and if drains are inserted they would be removed later during your first postoperative visit after a few days. If you are likely to get pregnant in future, your surgeon would take extra caution in placing the incisions so that breastfeeding is possible in future. If you go in for this surgery because of functional reasons then the cost might be covered by insurance, please talk to your insurance provider regarding this.
Possible complications of breast reduction surgery include loss of the nipple-areolar complex in case of huge breasts with decreased blood supply to the same, infection with resultant opening up of the wounds, fat necrosis, hypertrophic scarring, loss of sensation of the nipple, asymmetrical breasts and so on.
Cost of Surgery in Cosmetic Surgery Kolkata
Package system has been introduced for breast reduction surgery and the rates are the best in the city! Please consult Dr. Adhikari for further details on breast reduction surgery.
Frequently Asked Questions: Breast Reduction Surgery
Q: How can breast size be reduced?
A: Breast size can be reduced effectively through breast reduction surgery. This is the only process to reduce the size of the breasts.
Q: Is breast reduction surgery risky and painful?
A: Breast reduction surgery is quite safe when done in experienced hands although there are some risks like loss of the nipple, hematoma and seroma formation, problems with wound healing, problems with future breast feeding, decreased nipple sensitivity and so on. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia and post-operative pain persists for a few days after surgery.
Q: How is the recovery after breast reduction?
A: Drains when placed after surgery are taken out within a few days. Stitches are removed after a week or later depending on your recovery. You can be up and about the next day of the surgery though activity needs to be restricted to limit pain in the breasts.
Q: What are the advantages and disadvantages of breast reduction?
A: Advantages are numerous: respite from back and neck pain, infections under the breasts and an improved appearance with a good shape and lift of the breasts. It also has been shown to decrease the chances of getting breast cancer later on because a section of the breast is removed. Disadvantages include the possibility of necrosis of nipple, unpredictable breastfeeding and scars over the breasts to name a few.
Q: What are the good reasons to get breast reduction surgery?
A: Persistent neck and back pain owing to the large breast size is a major indication. Large breast size may create a social problem with restricted outdoor activities. Infection under the breasts is another indication. Large breasts may create persistent injury over the shoulder region from pressure of bra straps. Ultimately, appropriately sized and shapely breasts is the target of every woman and when the breasts deviate from that goal one may consider a breast reduction surgery.
Q: Can breast size be reduced without surgery?
A: Unfortunately, NO. Surgery is the only option.
Q: Are women truly happier following a breast reduction surgery?
A: Yes, they are! Breast reduction surgery provides them with increased confidence and improves their mobility and physical activities. It also makes them more attractive.
Q: Can one get mediclaim or reimbursement for breast reduction surgery?
A: Reimbursement for breast reduction surgery is present in the Western world but it is still not present in India.
Q: Will my breasts look or feel fake after breast reduction surgery?
A: No, they won’t! On the other hand, they would appear much more attractive and shapely following surgery.
Q: How does breast reduction surgery affect breastfeeding?
A: In breast reduction surgery a lot of breast ducts and parenchyma are cut therefore the milk production capacity of the breasts and the delivery of the same to the nipple is impeded. However, if appropriate parenchyma and ducts are kept in the pedicle then breastfeeding might be possible.
Q: How long does a breast reduction wound take to heal?
A: The vast majority heals completely in 2-3 weeks’ time in the absence of complications.
Q: Can something be done about the scars following breast reduction surgery?
A: Yes, scar modifying gels are used first. Scars may also be modified with the use of lasers, dermabrasion and so on.