Breast reduction surgery, known medically as reduction mammaplasty, is a procedure in which excess fat, breast tissue, and skin are removed from the breasts.
Many women seek breast reduction surgery to alleviate physical discomfort such as back and neck pain, to feel more socially at ease, to improve their mental serenity, and to achieve what they consider a breast size more proportionate to their bodies. Breast reduction surgery is among the specialties of the surgeons at Southwest Breast and Aesthetics in Phoenix, AZ. Doctors Tim Matatov and Joseph Zakhary are among the most highly trained, skilled, and experienced plastics surgeons in Arizona. Patients also consistently praise the doctors for their communication skills and personal warmth. You are invited to schedule a consultation at Southwest Breast and Aesthetics in Phoenix to determine if surgical breast reduction is right for you.
Breast reduction surgery generally requires the patient to undergo general anesthesia. The surgery is performed either in a hospital or an outpatient facility and usually takes about three hours.
Typically, your surgeon will make an incision around the areola and down each breast. Your doctor will remove excess breast tissue and skin to achieve the desired reduction. Your breasts will then be reshaped, and, if necessary, your nipples and areola may be repositioned to better conform with your newly reduced breast size. Immediately after surgery, your breasts will be covered with bandages or a gauze dressing.
Drainage tubes are not typically used, however on occasion, a tube may be placed under each arm to help drain any excess blood or fluid. Pain medication will be provided for you to take as needed. Patients are usually able to go home on the same day as their surgery, although a night in the hospital might be recommended.
You can resume a light diet later in the day of your surgery and can shower two days after surgery. Once home, you’ll need plenty of ice to relieve swelling, as well as gauze, clean washcloths and towels, loose-fitting shirts and ointments, and creams as recommended by your doctor.
Plan to take seven to ten days off from work or school. It’s important to avoid strenuous activity for four to six weeks and to wear a sports bra. Full convalescence will take about three months. Your surgical scars should start to fade anywhere from three to six months following your operation, but will never completely disappear. Your surgeon will schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your recovery and results.
Bleeding may occur, and preventing infection is always a surgical concern. Your breasts and nipples may lose some sensation. Reduction surgery could also affect your future ability to breastfeed.
Smoking is a contraindication for this procedure. Patients who smoke will need to quit a minimum of six weeks for breast reduction candidacy. Any personal or family history of breast cancer should be a consideration, and any unevaluated tissue masses discovered during the examination must be diagnosed and addressed.
Any history of diabetes or heart problems may exclude a candidate. Breast reduction surgery cannot be performed if the woman is lactating. Before surgery can be medically approved you may have to quit smoking for a period of time prior to and following your operation. You may also need to interrupt the use of certain medications such as aspirin or other anti-inflammatory drugs that could cause bleeding.
Women consider breast reduction surgery for physical, aesthetic, and/or psychological reasons. Breast reduction surgery repositions the breasts higher on the chest wall and can literally “take a weight off your chest”.
Chronic neck, shoulder, and back pain and numbness can be significantly reduced, or in many cases eliminated. You will have less skin chafing and irritation. You may be less likely to suffer yeast infections under your breasts. Your bra strap indentations may disappear. Your clothes will likely fit better. You will be able to be more active, thus improving both your physical and emotional health.
Anxiety decreases, as do feelings of depression. As your self-image climbs, any negative self-consciousness you may feel as a result of your breast size will recede. Ultimately, any surgical procedure must be evaluated in terms of its results and benefits. For some women, breast reduction surgery can be a life-changer. Patient surveys and research have consistently indicated that breast reduction has one of the highest satisfaction rates of any elective surgery.
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Your surgeon at Southwest Breast and Aesthetics in Phoenix, AZ will help you gather all necessary information to send to your insurance company for consideration before surgery.
Coverage eligibility depends on your insurance plan and the amount of breast tissue removed. It is critically important to select a surgeon who is eligible or certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, such as Drs. Tim Matatov and Joseph Zakhary at Southwest Breast and Aesthetics in Phoenix. Schedule your initial consultation today and take the first step toward a healthier and happier you!
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