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Breast reduction surgery is a preferred type of operation depending on whether the breasts are larger than normal and sagging or medical problems caused by them. In other words, breast reduction surgery can be performed due to medical problems as well as aesthetic concerns. People with large breasts also encounter difficulties during daily physical activities. In addition to genetic factors, a person’s lifestyle can also cause breasts to grow or lose their shape over time.
Why and to Whom is Breast Reduction Performed?
Breast reduction surgery, which is performed by removing the fat tissue in the skin and breast, is a type of operation applied to people aged 20 and over, when body development is completed. The aim of breast reduction surgery is to obtain a breast in the desired size, equal size, symmetrical and aesthetic appearance with the least scarring possible. Breast reduction operation is performed to relieve shoulder, neck and back pain or prevent humpback, depending on the size of the breasts and thus their weight. Depending on the size of the breasts, prevention of diaper rash, fungus, infection or wound formation under the breast, elimination of pressure sores caused by bra straps are among the reasons of breast reduction surgery performed due to medical reasons.
Risks and Complications
As with any operation, there are some risks in breast reduction surgery. Some of these risks can be listed as follows: infection and bleeding rarely occur after surgery, nipple sensation may be adversely affected, since the milk ducts may be damaged during the surgery, the milk giving potential of the breast may decrease.
Pre-consultation Before Breast Reduction
Before having your breast reduction, the following might be asked of you; getting tests for medical evaluation, mammogram is usually required before and after the surgery, abstaining from nicotine and aspirin, herbal supplements and anti-inflammatory drugs, adjusting current medication or taking specific medications.
After Breast Reduction
After breast reduction surgery, the person must stay in the hospital for one day. After the drain is removed and the dressing is done, the patient will be discharged. Control will be done at the end of the 1st and 2nd week after the operation. During the control in the 2nd week, stitches will be removed and special creams will be used to reduce the scars. Thanks to the special bra, the patient can return to their daily life after 1 week of home rest. However, it is recommended to wear a special bra similar to a sports bra for 6 weeks. Mild stinging and stinging may be felt in the breasts for 6 to 12 months after the operation. However, this feeling is not capable of impairing a person’s quality of life. After breast reduction surgery, the breast tissue appears edematous and swollen. This swollen appearance decreases in about 3 to 4 weeks and it takes about 1 year for the breasts to regain their real appearance.