Breast Reduction: Improving Body Image in Stuart
While culture may say that larger breasts are more desirable, they can also lead to problems ranging from back and neck pain to skeletal deformities. Women and teenagers with extremely large breasts may be self-conscious of the way they look. Men with extended breast tissue may also feel very self-conscious about their appearance. Fortunately, reduction surgery can reduce or eliminate these problems.
How Breast Reduction Works
Reduction mammaplasty, or breast reduction surgery, can be performed on men and women for either medical or aesthetic reasons. The procedure removes skin, gladular tissue, and fat, leaving breasts more firm in addition to decreasing their size. The area around the nipple, known as the areola, can also be reduced in size to form a better shaped and more aesthetically pleasing breast. In men the tissue can be removed entirely to leave them with a much flatter chest area.
Breast reduction surgery does have a significant impact on the body. You should consult with Dr. Fasano to get all the facts, options, and possible complications before committing to the procedure.
Medical or Aesthetic Reasons
Unlike many cosmetic surgeries, breast reduction is frequently performed for medical reasons rather than solely aesthetic ones. Extremely large breasts can interfere with everyday life due to pain and discomfort. They can also reduce physical activity and make people less fit and healthy over all.
Breast reduction surgery is best suited to women and men who have fully developed and have a complete and realistic understanding of what the procedure can do. It is not ideally suited to women who hope to breast feed in the future.
Risks Of The Procedure
Anytime a person undergoes surgery there is some degree of risk. Complications from breast reduction surgery may include bleeding, infection, or poor reaction to anesthesia. Small sores may appear around the nipple area, but these are easily treated with the application of antibiotic cream. Following the recommendations of Dr. Fasano precisely, both before and after your surgery, will decrease your odds of complications.
This surgery will result in permanent scars in the breast area. Smokers have a higher chance of developing more significant scars and a slower healing process. Some patients may have mismatched breasts or nipples that are placed unevenly after the procedure. Others experience loss of sensation in the nipples, either temporarily or permanently.
Before The Surgery
The first step is a consultation with Dr. Fasano in his Stuart office. He will examine and photograph your breasts in order to get an idea of what the procedure would entail for you and create a reference point to use during surgery. You will discuss the options, risks, costs, and possible results with Dr. Fasano to help you determine if the procedure is right for you.
A mammogram may be necessary before the procedure as well. If you decide to have the surgery, you will receive precise pre-surgery instructions that must be followed carefully. Not following the instructions may result in your procedure being delayed or cancelled and could result in serious complications.
You can expect the actual surgery to take around 2-4 hours, although in some cases it will take longer.
Once the surgery is complete, your chest area will either be wrapped in an self-adhesive elastic bandage or a surgical bra over a gauze dressing. These bandages will remain for the next few days. You may have dissolvable stitches or stitches that must be removed after several days of healing.
Patients are generally ready to go home after a day or two, but aching or shooting pains may continue for a few weeks to a few months. You should refrain from any lifting, pushing, or pulling during your recovery, at least four weeks and possibly longer depending on your doctor’s suggestions. After the recovery period many women and men report less back and neck pain and a greater self-confidence.
Get a Breast Reduction Consultation
Dr. Fasano serves the Treasure Coast, including Vero Beach, Sewall’s Point, Stuart, St. Lucie and Jupiter. If you live in the area and think a breast reduction might be right for you, click the button below to contact his office and get a consultation today or give us a call at (772) 221-9111!