So you’ve decided that enough is enough. You are fed up with the physical pain and emotional trauma of having extra large breasts. You are ready to find clothes that actually fit over your chest and to have a healthy back. Congratulations on your decision! Your surgery should give you the results that you have wanted for a long time. But how? How does breast reduction surgery work? What will actually happen?
The Initial Consultation
Before any plastic surgery, you will have an individual consultation with the surgeon. This serves two purposes: to ensure that you are in good health for the surgery and to communicate with your surgeon your expectations. You will talk about your emotions, your medical history, and what will actually happen during the surgery. Together you will discuss and establish the future size and shape of your breasts.
The Surgery Itself
Whether the surgery is done as an outpatient procedure or an overnight hospital stay, it is still fairly fast and easy. You won’t remember anything about the 2-5 hours on the operating table, as you will be completely asleep and under general anesthesia.
The surgeon will form a keyhole-shape cut on your breast, going around the nipple and then down to the bottom of the breast. Through this hole, all the extra fat and tissue is removed. When your breasts have reached your ideal size, they are reshaped and the nipple is repositioned. Often, surgical draining tubes are inserted to help with healing, and your breasts and stitched up. It is a surprisingly simple procedure.
The Recovery Time
The first week of recovery is the most important. You will need to take time off from your regular life, whether that is work or school or something else. You will probably be mostly confined to your bed while wearing a special surgical bra that supports your tender breasts and helps promote healing. You surgeon will most likely give you special instructions regarding pain killers, the stitches, follow-up appointments, and many other healing dos and don’ts. Follow his or her instructions carefully. Within a week you should be up and about, and within a month you should be fully recovered.