Facts and Benefits of Breast Reduction
Breast reduction is not as common as breast augmentation (enlargement), but there is a demand for it. Here’s why: Most women who choose breast reduction surgery are seeking relief from discomfort. Large breasts can cause frequent or continuous pain in the back and neck. They also may cause posture problems and skin irritation. The weight of large breasts may exert pressure on the bra causing the straps to leave painful marks as they cut into the shoulders or back.
Some women seek breast reduction for physical freedom. Some activities, such as running or swimming, may be harder to do with large breasts. Women who get breast reduction find that they can engage in these activities without pain and awkwardness.
Some women want to be better proportioned so that they will fit into and look better in the clothing they prefer, or to avoid the stares or unwanted attention they receive because of their breast size.
A few women even feel that their large breasts are a source of discrimination in the workplace and breast reduction may help them achieve their career goals.
Whatever the reasons, breast reduction surgery may help a woman achieve the results that are important to her.
The Breast Reduction Procedure
The surgical team at the Bahamas Medical Center feels that it is important that you understand the details of breast reduction surgery.
The breast reduction procedure lasts about 4 hours and requires general anesthesia. After a patient is fully anesthetized, the surgeon will make one or more incisions in the breasts. The surgeon will then remove as much tissue and skin as necessary in order to achieved the desired result. In some cases, some rearranging of the tissue is done. For example, the areola and nipple might be moved to a different area in order to achieve a more natural appearance on the newly reshaped breast. Finally, the incisions are closed with stitches.
After the surgery, the incisions are typically covered with gauze and the area is wrapped with an elastic bandage. Sometimes, a specific type of supportive medical bra is used. In a few cases, a tube is inserted in each breast in order to drain blood and other fluids. Such tubes are usually removed after one or two days.
Many doctors let their patients go home on the same day as the surgery. When possible, we recommend an overnight stay at the hospital or surgery center with personal care if that can be arranged.
Where Do I Begin?
As with any surgery, you should speak with a doctor before deciding if you’re a candidate for breast reduction surgery. You can begin by contacting the medical staff at The Bahamas Medical Center for a consultation. This could be the first step to a happier, healthier and more comfortable life.
Monica Rix Paxson is an award-winning author writing on topics related to science and medicine. She has appeared on CNN, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning and the BBC.
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