Results of Breast Surgery
Breast reduction surgery removes excess fat, glandular tissue and skin from the breasts, and can:
The goal of reducing, reshaping, and lifting the breasts, starts with being in good health and fitness before the procedure. If you are considering a breast reduction as part of a weight loss program, getting to an ‘ideal’ weight before surgery ensures optimal results after the procedure. Being in shape before the procedure ensures best results and a quicker recovery.
Breast reduction surgery is performed under a general anaesthetic, and usually takes a couple of hours. Some patients prefer to stay overnight, but most patients are comfortable to go home after the procedure. There are sometimes drains, and they are removed within a few days. The dressings placed will need to remain in place until you are seen post-operatively. You will have a garment that will need to be worn for several weeks after your surgery.
Recovery for breast reduction can take a few weeks. Some pain is common, but subsides with a few days. It usually takes a few weeks before returning to work, and a few months before returning to any high impact exercise. Low impact exercise is encouraged after surgery to prevent DVTs, lung complications like PEs, and to keep your overall fitness.
As with any operative procedure, there are risks involved. The most common complications are minor bleeding, infection, wound healing problems, and some pain. The specific risks with breast reduction include the following:
- Loss of sensation in nipple and areola
- Loss of nipple and areola tissue
- Reduced ability to breast feed
- Early or late drop of the breasts (bottoming-out)
- Raised or lumpy scars
Not everyone is a good candidate for a breast reduction. Dr Perron can discuss your specific circumstances and expectations, and help decide what is best for you.
Yes, breast reduction surgery is considered to be permanent. However, If you gain weight, the remaining fat cells can enlarge and swell. Likewise, if you fall pregnant, the tissues will swell or take on fluid and store milk. Hormonal changes can also affect the amount of breast tissue.
Although all patients are different, generally swelling will subside within a week or two. You may also experience bruising, however this should also decrease as swelling subsides. If you feel severe pain following the procedure, it is important you contact us immediately.
You may begin light exercise approximately two weeks after your procedure and work up to your regular exercise routine after six weeks. It is important that you do not do any heavy lifting within six weeks of your procedure.
The breast reduction procedure is performed under general anaesthetic, and typically takes a couple of hours to complete. Although you may choose to stay in the hospital overnight following the procedure, most patients are comfortable going home to recover. In some cases, you will have drains placed, which will be removed within a few days of surgery. You will need to keep any dressings in place until your post-operative appointment, and you’ll be given a special garment to wear for several weeks after the procedure.
It can take a few weeks to fully recover from breast reduction surgery. It is quite common to feel some pain after the surgery, although this will subside after a few days. We encourage you to try some low impact exercise after surgery to prevent DVTs, lung complications, and to maintain your overall fitness.
As with any surgery, there are risks involved in breast reduction surgery. The most common complications include minor bleeding, infection, pain, and wound healing problems. Some potential risks include asymmetry, loss of sensation in the nipple and areola, reduced ability to breast feed, and raised scars.