I want to have a breast reduction surgery, but after seeing pictures of patients whose operation went very wrong, I got worried and discouraged. Why do some patients who have breast reduction surgery end up with dead tissue and really awful wounds? How can you prevent that? Is it the doctor's fault? If the operation goes great and the patient follows the post operation treatment correctly, can still this happen? If the doctor I'm seeing is a member of the ISAPS, can I be assured that he won't do anything wrong? Please, I'm really really worried.
Breast Reduction Recovery
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Breast reduction surgery complications
- Very large breast size
I require my patients to quit smoking before reduction surgery to help minimize risks due to smoking.
Good management of diabetes can help decrease risks as well. This is evaluated by looking at the hemoglobin A1c level.
In addition, ask your surgeon how many breast reductions he or she does a year, as well as his/her complication rate. This should give you a better idea of your individual risk of complications after breast reduction surgery.
Bad Results With Breast Reduction
Breast Reduction Recovery
The first thing that breast reduction patients notice is how much lighter their breasts feel as well as the reduction of neck and back pain. Just the same, after breast reduction surgery, there will be some form of discomfort. This lessens day by day. A support bra and pain medications will help. Within the first two weeks, there is less of a need for pain medication. The overall recovery of breast reduction depends on the patients' health. One to two weeks off from work fir a recovery is suggested. A support bra is used for 6 weeks. Strenuous activities, exercise and sports are discouraged for the first 6 weeks while the healing tissues have a chance to become stronger. The swelling will subside over a three month period. The scars will be red to begin and fade over the next year. Just like every other surgery, results will vary with each patient.
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Breast reduction complications
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Technique & Breast Reduction Recovery
The initial discomfort post procedure subsides daily and can be controlled with oral medication.
Most patients resume normal activity within two weeks. However full activity, lifting, sports, with no restrictions is safer after 6 weeks Some discomfort, swelling and discoloration of the #breasts are to be expected for several weeks.
The scars at the incision lines typically become reddish and a few weeks after surgery are raised and firm. In a number of months they become pale and soft. After 8-12 months, the scars are relatively inconspicuous. The #nipples and some areas of the skin may be numb or sensitive after surgery. Sensation may return within a few weeks or months, but may be diminished or overly sensitive.
Your procedure should be performed by a #PlasticSurgeon who is board-certified and has a great deal of experience specializing in cosmetic #surgery. You will then greatly improve your chances of getting the result you desire, and, without the need for a revision surgery. It is suggested that you look at before and after photos of the surgeons actual patients, and read patient reviews. Gathering all of this information will help you make a well-informed decision.
Breast reduction recovery
The process of post operative recovery in any surgical procedures including breast reduction is primarily dictated by a combination of patient factors, procedural factors and surgeon factors.
Patient factors include both loco-regional factors as well as systemic factors for consideration. For example, the magnitude of the breast reduction itself, is it a small, medium, large or massive reduction from weight point of view in terms of the weight of the breast tissue removed; is the patient otherwise healthy or are there some other medical conditions which put her at a higher risk category, such as being a smoker, diabetic, or any form of immunosuppression etc. Tissue healing can be easily compromised or prolonged with less resistance to infection if any of the mentioned conditions are associated with the patient undergoing breast reduction procedure. Obviously surgeon factors are also very important in terms of the surgeon's skills, experience and qualifications in performing the procedure with the safest, most reliable and effective aesthetic technique in restoring both the function and form of a smaller & lifted breasts that is right for the patient concerned. However, no surgeon is free from complications no matter how good & qualified the surgeon is. It's really about the surgeon's ability to minimise and manage the complications should complications occur.
In the majority of patients after a breast reduction procedure, they usually experience an instant relief from the heavy weight off their chest, shoulder and back! Provided they adhere to the specific post op recovery guidelines from their surgeons, breast reduction is usually regarded as the most satisfying procedure from both patient and surgeon's point of view.The associated recovery process can vary between patients due to factors discussed above, but overall it's a truly liberating procedure from both functional and aesthetic perspectives for many of my breast reduction patients.
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Complications of Breast Reduction Surgery
In my practice, patient satisfaction with their breast reduction procedure has been tremendous and I am a firm believer that appropriate followup care and patient compliance with post-operative instructions (and restrictions) greatly affects the patient's experience AND their surgical result. My recommendation to you and anyone who is interested in having a breast reduction procedure is to make sure that you consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in breast reduction surgeries. Many patients make the mistake of searching for the best deal, instead of focusing on surgeon experience, surgeon expertise and training. Speak with your doctor about your concerns and be honest with the plastic surgeon you ultimately choose about your medical and social history (including any past or present nicotine use). I hope this helps and best of luck!
Breast reduction recovery
Breast Reduction surgery is a common procedure and in most cases is very successful and without complication. There are risks associated with any surgical procedure including those you referred to such as wound breakdown and infection however if you are fit and well with no history of smoking then you should absolutely get a good result.
ISAPS as with all professional society's provide a degree of assurance as you know that the Plastic surgeon is accredited. It is impossible to guarantee results however ask your surgeon to show you pictures of other breast reduction surgery that hes performed. You should have confidence in your surgeon.
There are several different variations of breast reduction, differing by size, and amount of incisions; procedure; and the results. The different types of reduction techniques include: The wise pattern breast lift, the anchor shaped incision, and the donut mastopexy.
1. The wise pattern breast lift involves an anchor-shaped incision around the natural contour of the breast. To most patients surprise, this scar is mostly hidden under the inferior aspect of the breast. However, the scar around the nipple/areola is visible. Most patients heal this anchor type scar very well and are satisfied with smaller areola in exchange for the scars. This surgery is used when there is a lot of excess skin that needs to be removed in order to lift the breast and give it a more aesthetic shape.
2. Often times, the anchor shaped incision can me diminished to create a lollipop or J shaped incision. This results in some excess skin at the inferior aspect of the breast near the breast crease that will flatten out over a 6 month period. Some patients are willing to tolerate this excess skin for 6 months in exchange for a smaller scar. This is a personal decision that each patient can make.
3. The donut mastopexy involves creating an incision around the areola and removing a doughnut-shaped area of skin. This surgery can be used for patients that need a smaller amount of lifting. This surgery results in a scrunched-up look to the breast skin surrounding the areola for about 6 months before it flattens out. Patients need to be understanding and tolerant of this in exchange for an areola-only scar. These patients do run the risk of areola widening as well.
Insurance may cover some of these cases when back pain, shoulder bra-notching, and rashes under the breast are present. Insurances vary though and your doctor can submit a report and photos to see if your insurance approves your procedure.
The risks of the procedure include bleeding, infection, bruising, poor scarring, pain, swelling, and changes to nipple and areola sensation, and rarely, partial or total nipple loss. The recovery time is usually a couple weeks if all goes well. In general, however, breast reduction patients are some of the most satisfied and grateful plastic surgery patients. This is truly a life-changing procedure. In my area, the cost ranges from 6700-8500. Best of luck!
Breast reduction complications
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