Sometimes a woman’s breasts can be too large and weigh too much, leading to back pain and other health issues. Women in Sun Valley who are uncomfortable with the size of their breasts may opt to have Dr. Crais perform breast reduction surgery.
What is breast reduction?
This procedure is also known as reduction mammoplasty. Breast reduction involves the removal of excess breast skin and tissue to reduce the breasts to the patient’s desired size. This cosmetic treatment can also reshape the breasts and provide a more desirable contour, as well as reduce the size of a large areola. The areola is the dark skin surrounding the nipple.
What is involved in a breast reduction procedure?
Breast reduction patients are put under general anesthesia. The surgery takes between two and five hours.
The procedure involves a series of surgical cuts — usually one across the lower crease of the breast, another around the areola, and a third that connects those incisions. After making the incisions, excess skin, fat, or breast tissue is removed. The size of the areola will also be reduced and the nipple is moved to a higher location. The area will then be sutured to close the cuts.
How do I prepare for breast reduction surgery?
Before surgery, patients generally have a mammogram and a routine breast examination to check the condition of the breasts. Dr. Crais will discuss any medications you will need to stop taking days before the procedure. For instance, aspirin can promote bleeding during your breast reduction procedure.
What can I expect after my breast reduction?
After surgery, the breasts will be wrapped in a gauze dressing or bandage. You will need to wear a supportive bra for several weeks after surgery. Drainage tubes may be placed on the areas of treatment to drain out the blood and fluid that accumulate in your breasts. Drainage tubes will be removed after a few days.
Bruising and swelling may occur in the treatment sites but should disappear after a few weeks. Temporary loss of sensation in the breasts and nipples is normal and will fade as time progresses.
What can I expect during my recovery from breast reduction?
Dr. Crais advises his patients in Sun Valley to take one week off from work after surgery, although the duration can vary from one patient to another. Support bras may be required for a few months. Scarring can occur and may be permanent, yet scars usually fade after a year. Dr. Crais makes it a point to keep the scarring as minimal and inconspicuous as possible.