Results of Breast Surgery
Breast reduction surgery removes excess fat, glandular tissue and skin from the breasts, and can:
Successfully reducing, reshaping, and lifting the breasts starts with being in good health 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. In addition, if you are a smoker, you will need to stop smoking 6 – 8 weeks before your surgery as this will reduce the risk of complications.
Breast reduction surgery is performed under a general anaesthetic, and usually takes a couple of hours. Once Dr Perron makes the necessary incisions, excess tissue will be removed – the nipples can also be repositioned. The incision method that is used will be discussed with you prior to your surgery.
Some patients prefer to stay overnight, but most patients are comfortable to go home after the procedure. Sometimes drains are inserted into the breasts but they are removed within a few days. Your dressings will need to remain in place until you are seen post-operatively. You will also have a garment that will need to be worn for several weeks after your surgery.
Breast reduction recovery can take a few weeks. Some pain is common but it subsides with a few days. It usually takes a few weeks before you’ll be able to return to work and a few months before high impact exercise will be possible. Low impact exercise is encouraged after surgery to prevent DVTs, lung complications like PEs, and to maintain 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.
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Breast Reduction Patients of Dr Justin Perron
Yes, breast reduction surgery is considered to be permanent. However, if you gain weight, the remaining fat cells can enlarge and swell, which will change the shape of your breasts. 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 that’s present.
All patients are different and swelling will generally subside within a week or two. You may also experience bruising, however, this should decrease as swelling subsides. If you experience severe pain following the procedure, it is important that 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 refrain from doing any heavy lifting during the first six weeks after your procedure.
The breast reduction procedure is performed under general anaesthetic and typically takes a couple of hours to complete. You may choose to stay in the hospital overnight following the procedure but most patients are comfortable to recover at home. In some cases, drains will be placed in the breast tissue, 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 with a breast reduction. 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 breastfeed, and raised scars.
Women who have larger breasts that are out of proportion with the rest of their body can experience pain and discomfort. Breast reduction surgery may be a way to rectify problems such as back pain and can encourage better posture. In addition, patients often choose this surgery if they have confidence issues and want to feel better about their body.
Recovery after breast reduction surgery is a gradual process. It can take a number of weeks for swelling and bruising to subside. The breasts can also take several months to heal completely. After about 12 months, the results of your breast reduction surgery will be more obvious. Any scarring will also start to fade.
All patients will require a special garment after breast reduction surgery. The purpose of this garment is to reduce swelling. It can also improve the healing process, which will produce better results. Normally, the garment is only worn for six weeks but Dr Perron will advise you on how long you’ll need to wear it.