Breast Reduction FAQs in Newport Beach, Orange County
Breast Reduction FAQs
What are some FAQs by Patients?
1. Why Would I Want Breast Reduction Surgery?
Breast reduction is a Plastic Surgery Procedure that aims to reduce the size and volume of the breasts. It is performed on those patients who have significant breast volume in order to reduce the breasts to a more proportionate size with the rest of the patient’s body. The ultimate goal of the procedure is to improve the patient’s daily living activities and function. Large breasts (macromastia) can cause many medical and social problems, such as neck and back pain, moisture and infection under the breasts, neck straining, inability to participate in certain sports, difficulty in finding appropriate clothing, and limitation with certain daily living activities.
2. Is there much bruising?
There are several surgical approaches to breast reduction. The most popular method in the United States is known as the Wise-pattern breast reduction (anchor-type incision). In this method, the breast volume is appropriately reduced and the breast is suitably lifted. There is some associated bruising and swelling that resolves within 2 weeks in most cases.
3. How long does breast reduction recovery take?
Typically most of the bruising and swelling will be resolved by the second week after surgery. Also, most incisions will be healed within 3 to 4 weeks.
4. When will I be able to see the results?
You will appreciate the cosmetic results immediately after the surgery. The breasts will be rounder, smaller and lifted. Many of my patients remark on the absence of their neck and back pain within days after the surgery.
5. How Long Do the Results Last?
Results of Breast reduction itself are long-lasting. That means, in most patients, the volume of the breasts will stay more or less the same as long as the patient’s weight remains stable. However, the results of breast lift component of the surgery is less predictable.
6. When can I return to work and exercise?
Most patients are able to return to work in 2 to 3 weeks after breast reduction. Although, many patients can engage in simple sport activities at this time, more rigorous activities should be delayed up to 6 weeks.
7. Is breast reduction recommended if overweight?
Weight gain or loss is something that you should discuss with Dr. Agha at your original consultation and before your surgery unless it is medically necessary. What I mean by medically necessary is if your breast size is causing serious problems with your back or harming anything else on your body. Generally, if you are planning on losing weight you should do so prior to the procedure. If you have your breasts reduced and then lose weight, you may find that they are significantly smaller than you had previously intended. On the other hand, if you have your breasts reduced and then experience weight gain, you may find your breasts increasing in size. Whatever the situation, it is important that your weight be stable (as much as possible) before your breast reduction.
8. Does breast reduction surgery interfere with nursing?
Many women are concerned that they may not be able to breast feed after having had breast reduction surgery. Most pedicle breast reduction techniques show positive results, with most patients able to produce breast milk afterward. However, it is possible for breast reduction surgery to reduce or eliminate the ability to breast feed.
9. Does breast reduction surgery affect nipple areola sensation?
Following breast reduction, about 13% percent of women report some loss of nipple sensation. This loss may be long-lasting. In other cases, sensation will slowly return (at least partially) in the 6-12 months after surgery.
10. Does breast reduction surgery reduce risk of breast cancer?
Recent studies have reported a lower risk of breast cancer after breast reduction surgery. This seems to be especially the case in women who are over 40 years old at the time of surgery. Risk of cancer reduction was 28 to 50 percent and thought to be due to the removal of breast tissue itself. There was no reduction noted for women having the surgery before the age of 40. However, bear in mind that these studies are preliminary and that breast reduction should not be performed for cancer prevention reasons. How such surgery will affect your cancer risk should be discussed with Dr. Agha. All women should continue to do monthly breast exams following breast reduction. Women over 40 should also have regular mammograms.
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