Frequent Questions About Breast Reduction (Reduction Mammaplasty)
Operating time is generally about two hours.
What form of anesthesia is used?
General anesthesia is used for all surgical procedures and is performed by a Professional M.D. Anesthesiologist.
How is this procedure done?
Depending upon the condition and size of your breasts, there are various surgical options that are available. In most cases the nipple-areolar complex can be left intact and attached to the ducts, blood vessels, and nerves to help maintain function. In some cases the nipple-areolar complex is detached and re-applied as a graft. Most procedures include a peri-areolar excision of superficial skin that can be performed with "laser" as in the "Laser Bra " procedure, or can be done the traditional way with a skin splitting dissection technique with scalpel. Breast tissue excision, when necessary, can be performed surgically. In most cases, a peri-areolar scar as well as a vertical and horizontal scar is necessary in order to achieve the ideal breast contour.
During your initial preoperative visit with your surgeon, be prepared to give a complete medical history including all your medications, allergies and previous surgeries. You will undergo a through physical examination and blood tests. If you are at or over age 40, an electrocardiogram will be required. If you are over age 35, a mammogram may be prescribed. Photographs, which do not include your face, are important aids in planning and performing your breast reduction. They become a permanent part of your patient record and are taken before and several months after your procedure.
During your consultation, you will be given specific directions to help you prepare for your procedure. Instructions generally include cautions about taking certain medication and drinking alcohol, the shaving process and use of antibacterial soap. You must not eat or drink anything eight hours before your procedure. Do not smoke two weeks prior to and two days after surgery. If you take daily medication, ask your surgeon if it is safe to take before your procedure. If you have any sores on your body, if you have a cold, sore throat or allergic condition, inform your surgeon so you may be examined prior to your procedure. You must also stop taking aspirin or diet pills at least two weeks prior to the procedure.
Breast reduction is done on an ambulatory basis and an overnight stay
will not be required. However, it is necessary that you have someone to
pick you up after the procedure, take you home, and stay with you for at
least 24 hours.
· 1 week
· 1 month
· 3 months
· 6 months
· 1 year
How long before I can return to normal activity?
Most women return to their usual activities in one week. However, you must not lift anything for the first two weeks and do no heavy lifting for the first four weeks. Avoid raising your arms above your head for at least two weeks.