The Ultimate Guide to Breast Reduction Surgery: What You Need to Know

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Breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammoplasty, can decrease the size and weight of your breasts to create breast contours that fit your body and lifestyle. This procedure can provide cosmetic enhancement, as well as alleviate the discomfort caused by overly large and heavy breasts.

At The Plastic Surgery Group in Albany, NY, our highly trained and experienced surgeons have helped countless women improve their quality of life and enhance their appearance with breast reduction surgery. Our team is dedicated to patient education and strives to provide patients with the information they need to determine if breast reduction surgery is right for them. Here, you’ll find an overview of what to expect before, during, and after breast reduction surgery, so you can better understand your treatment options.

Why Seek Breast Reduction?

Reasons for seeking breast reduction surgery vary from patient to patient. Often, it’s not just about achieving a more balanced and aesthetically pleasing figure—though that’s a significant benefit. Many patients who undergo breast reduction surgery are seeking relief from physical discomfort caused by the weight and size of their breasts. Limited exercise options, posture problems, chronic back pain, and skin irritation are some of the functional concerns that can be resolved with breast reduction surgery.

Am I a Good Candidate?

Ideal candidates for breast reduction surgery are those experiencing physical discomfort or dissatisfaction with the large size of their breasts. You should be in good overall health, a non-smoker, and have realistic expectations about the procedure outcome.

Pre-Operative Preparations

The first step in the reduction mammoplasty treatment process is a comprehensive consultation. During this appointment, one of the plastic surgeons at The Plastic Surgery Group will review your medical history, conduct a physical examination, and discuss your treatment goals with you. A customized treatment plan can then be created for you.

If you are a candidate for breast reduction surgery, pre-operative protocols will be reviewed with you. You will receive instructions to follow prior to your surgery, which may include the avoidance of certain over-the-counter and/or prescription medications for a week or more.

The Surgical Procedure

Breast reduction surgery begins with the administration of general anesthesia and can take several hours to perform, depending on the extent of the reduction. The surgeon will make incisions around the areola and along the breast crease, as needed, so excess tissue and skin can be removed. The surgeon then reshapes the remaining breast tissue and repositions the nipple and areola to achieve a natural look. The specific techniques used will depend on your anatomy and desired results.

The Recovery Process

The recovery experience varies from person to person but generally involves taking it easy for at least a week after the operation. Some swelling, bruising, and discomfort can be expected in the initial stage of the recovery process. Closely following your aftercare instructions will help to minimize these symptoms. Most patients can return to work and light activities within two weeks, with a full return to all activities, including exercise, after six weeks or so.

Post-Operative Care Tips

  • Follow all aftercare instructions: This includes taking prescribed medications, attending follow-up appointments, and adhering to activity restrictions.
  • Wear your support garment: You will be advised to wear a special support bra to help reduce swelling and support the breasts as they heal.
  • Take it easy: Avoid strenuous activities and heavy lifting until otherwise advised by your surgeon.
  • Stay hydrated and eat healthy: Proper nutrition and hydration supports optimal healing.

Ready to Take the Next Step?

If you’re considering breast reduction surgery in Albany, NY or the surrounding areas, contact our office today to schedule your initial consultation.