Before breast reduction surgery, women must first meet with their surgeon and discuss their medical history and emotional issues. During this consultation, the doctor will explain the procedure, the possible risks and the recovery process. The surgeon will also take a photo of their breasts for reference and insurance coverage. They may also perform a breast examination and perform a mammogram. This information will help the patient assess the risks and prepare for the procedure.
While breast reduction surgery results in smaller, lighter breasts for the rest of a woman’s life, it cannot stop the aging process. The breasts will naturally lose their shape and sensitivity with age. The breasts change during pregnancy and breastfeeding, which may decrease sensitivity. However, this is not a major issue for most women; some gain sensitivity after surgery. Breast reduction surgery may not be the best choice if a woman decides to have children again.
One disadvantage of breast reduction surgery is the potential for scarring. Patients should avoid strenuous activities during the first few months following the procedure. However, they should continue to wear clothes for several weeks afterwards. Taking oral painkillers can help reduce the pain. Women who have a mastectomy may also experience emotional effects. Although this is normal, they should discuss these feelings with their doctor. Scarring is another side effect of breast reduction surgery and may take 18 months to fade completely. Patients should discuss their fears with their surgeon before they undergo the procedure.
In addition to scarring, women who decide to undergo breast reduction surgery should consider their insurance provider’s policy. Some insurance carriers will cover breast reduction surgery costs if they are medically necessary. To qualify for such a procedure, patients should provide measurements of their height and weight and medical documentation of their physical symptoms. The doctor will write to their health insurance provider for prior authorization if they do not qualify for insurance coverage. The surgeon can also ask the patient how much breast tissue they want to remove or whether their insurance plan covers the procedure.
Surgical options for breast reduction may be offered to patients as an outpatient procedure. The procedure typically lasts two to three hours. Patients are put under general anesthesia during this time to be asleep for a while. After the surgery, patients will need someone to drive them home and stay with them the first night. Patients usually go home the same day, though they may stay overnight to recover. This means that the procedure is highly effective and is a great option for women who are self-conscious and want to improve their lives.
Before choosing to undergo breast reduction surgery, women should consider whether they have any physical problems associated with the size of their chests. Physical symptoms of breast weight pulling include bra strap marks and neck and upper back pain. Patients who feel this way should seek medical advice from an ISAPS-certified plastic surgeon. When it comes to breast reduction, a qualified ISAPS plastic surgeon can determine whether this procedure is the best option for them. And, of course, they should consider their expectations.
After breast reduction surgery, most women can return to work, social activities, and light exercise within two weeks. The patient may be able to resume a more strenuous activity after six weeks. However, physical contact with the breasts is discouraged for the next two to four weeks. However, if you have had any unusual complications, you should consult a doctor immediately. And if your doctor tells you to stop smoking, you should not be too embarrassed to share details of your surgery with anyone.
Another type of breast reduction surgery involves making an incision around the areola. The surgeon will remove excess tissue and reposition the areola. The remaining skin is sutured shut. A free nipple graft is another option if your breasts are too large. However, liposuction is not for everyone and should be performed when the size reduction is very small. Once you have recovered from the surgery, scheduling follow-up appointments with your surgeon are important.
After breast reduction surgery, you should take vitamins and follow the surgeon’s recommendations for hydration and eating healthy meals. Your surgeon may prescribe a pain medication to help you recover. You can also change to a sports bra after a few days. Although surgical bras offer added support, many patients prefer to wear one. A moisturizing cream will help you avoid dryness and irritation. Do not rub your breasts too hard.