The most common reason for breast reduction is large breasts. Large breasts can cause serious back problems and they also increase the chance of breast cancer. However, distorted form or embedded nipples are also among many reasons why this procedure is performed. This procedure which is also known as reduction mammaplasty is quite close to breast uplift procedures in nature. The difference is, during breast reduction, some of the fat, tissue and skin is removed in order to reduce the size and fix the shape.
How The Process Works
This procedure is performed by removing the fat tissue which is inside the skin and the breast. It is usually performed on patients who are older than twenty and has completed their development. Breast reduction is performed on those younger than twenty only in cases where there is a medical necessity. The surgery is performed under general anaesthesia. Reverse T-cut method and lollipop method are used and the surgery is completed within two to four hours, depending on the size of the breast.
The technique is determined via the patient’s breast size, breast tissue, type of skin and the distance between the breast and the shoulders. In the lollipop technique, the surrounding area of the nipple is cut in a circle and the excess tissue is removed. If necessary, the nipple may be constructed to face an upward position. The cut is closed carefully in order to avoid damage to lactiferous ducts. In the reverse T-technique, an incision is made on the lower part of the breast. This incision is shaped like the T letter but reversed. The only difference between this method and the lollipop method is the shape of the cut.
Post-op Breast Reduction
The patient needs to stay overnight at the hospital. After they are discharged, there are check-ups for the first and the second week. During the second week check-up, the stitches are taken and special ointments are applied to lower the chance of scarring. Thanks to a special bra, the patient may return to their social life after a week of resting at home. However, it is recommended that the patient wear a training bra or a similar bra for the next six weeks. For the next six months to a year, there may be a stinging feeling on the breasts but this does not affect the ability to live their normal life. It is also recommended that the patients do not lift anything heavy and they try to limit or stop their alcohol and cigarette consumption to ensure healing faster.