Seven Things you must remember before undergoing Breast Reduction Surgery
Most of us today probably know someone who has had breast reduction surgery, either personally or through a friend. Undoubtedly, it has become one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures performed today.
Women choose breast reduction surgery for many different reasons, the most common of which is not cosmetic. It is usually more about health, such as reducing chronic neck, back, or shoulder pain. Because large breasts can cause a woman to bend over from the weight, it can also produce a variety of spinal problems.
For many women, breast reduction surgery completely transforms their lives. And it may be an option if your breasts are causing you pain, stress, or discomfort.
Along with health benefits, it can make you feel more at ease and confident in your own skin, clothes fit better and it is easier to buy well-fitting clothes. You must get to know some crucial pointers beforehand and also the do’s and don’ts after breast surgery. Gynaecomastia or male breast reduction surgery can also provide similar benefits. It’s important to be aware of crucial pointers before and after either of these surgeries.
A few things to keep in mind before you undergo a Breast Reduction Surgery
1. You’ll feel instantly lighter afterward
Breast reduction surgery can literally lift a weight off your shoulders. If you have large breasts, the surgeon may remove a kilo or two of your breast tissue and skin; which makes you feel physically lighter.
This breast surgery can make you feel emotionally lighter too. A 2009 study found that breast reduction surgery “significantly” reduced depression and anxiety in female patients. Furthermore, because our emotions and physical sensations are inextricably linked, less physical strain equals less emotional strain.
2. You must wait six weeks before wearing a conventional bra
Traditional bra underwires can aggravate your incisions, slowing your recovery and causing discomfort. Instead, you’ll need to wear a post-operative compression bra to ensure proper circulation in your chest, which will help you heal faster and avoid complications. The good news is that once you can wear normal bras again, you won’t have to deal with painful and embarrassing bra grooves on your shoulders because bras and swimsuits will fit you better because you’ll have smaller, firmer breasts that sit higher on your chest. You might even feel liberated enough to go braless when you want!
3. You might want to postpone surgery until after you’ve finished breastfeeding
It might happen that you will be unable to breastfeed after your breast reduction surgery, so if that’s a deal-breaker for you, you might want to postpone surgery until after you’ve finished having children.
However, the extent of your breast reduction determines the extent to which your mammary glands may get affected by the surgery. Breastfeeding after reduction (BFAR) is more likely with techniques that preserve the column of the subareolar breast parenchyma. In other words, the more attached your nipples and milk ducts are, the less likely you are to have BFAR complications. This may be possible – so discuss this with your surgeon before the operation.
4. Breast reduction is a significant procedure, and adhering to recovery guidelines is critical
Potential patients should be aware of the required recovery time after breast reduction surgery. You will need to take one to two weeks off work immediately following your surgery, depending on the extent of your reduction. You will also be unable to exercise or engage in strenuous activity for 6 weeks. You may, nonetheless, indulge in some light walking every day to promote blood flow. You’ll start to feel better every day, but full recovery will take about six weeks.
5. Scar care is essential for the best results
Breast reduction surgery necessitates incisions on the front of the breasts, which will result in visible scars—how visible depends on your surgeon but also how you approach scar care.
Incisions for breast reduction are typically made in a “lollipop” or “anchor” shape, tracing around the nipple-areola complex and then running vertically down to the bottom of your breasts. These scars will be visible for a few months, but with proper care, they will fade to fine lines in about a year.
6. Choose the facility and anaesthesia options carefully
The fact is that breast reduction surgery is a significant surgical procedure; it is critical that your surgeon performs it in an accredited surgical facility and employs a highly trained anaesthestist. Certified and registered nurses and anaesthetists should be available throughout the procedure. Our surgeon, Dr Demetrius, performs all of his surgery at Mediclinic Parkview Hospital, a major hospital in Dubai which fully adheres to the set standards and protocols for your safety and privacy.
7. Prepare an overnight bag packed with your belongings
It is common to spend the night in the hospital or at the facility following a breast reduction to allow your body to rest and heal. Your breasts will be wrapped in dressings at this point, and you may have tubes to drain any excess fluid.
These tubes will be removed before you leave, but you may need to wear the dressing for a little longer.
Choose wisely; Choose the best!
Breast reduction surgery is a procedure that requires great skill and precision. Make sure that you opt for a highly professional and aptly qualified cosmetic surgeon.
Dr Demetrius Evriviades is a qualified consultant plastic surgeon in Dubai with over 20 years of experience. In Dubai, he is well-known for his cosmetic breast surgery expertise, facelifting, and blepharoplasty procedures. In fact, he was one of the first surgeons to perform Bazilian lipoabdominoplasty.
He does not believe in forcing his views of beauty on a patient but in listening to their concerns and systematically advising them on what can be achieved by breast reduction surgery in Dubai.
Schedule your appointment to talk through it, not into it!