Breast reduction is one of the rare operations that can be used for both medical and cosmetic purposes. Whether you're considering surgery to alleviate pain and improve your quality of life or you're simply unhappy with the shape and size of your chest, there are a few things you should know. These are some often asked and critical questions about breast reduction, ranging from the effect on breastfeeding to insurance coverage.
1. WHAT SHOULD I CONSIDER WHEN SELECTING A SURGEON FOR BREAST REDUCTION?
Selecting the best surgeon for a breast reduction or any operation is not a straightforward process. Rather than that, it is vital to locate a provider that is both qualified and personable. Along with investigating board certification and expertise, it is vital that you feel comfortable communicating with your cosmetic surgeon openly and freely. This includes the capacity to freely voice your desires without feeling embarrassed or as though the surgeon is in control of the experience.
It is not, however, solely a matter of bedside manner. Additionally, it is vital to understand the skill and aesthetics of a prospective surgeon. Due to the possibility of inadequate scarring, request before and after photographs of patients with similar breast sizes to yours.
2. CAN I CLAIM INSURANCE FOR BREAST REDUCTION?
It is contingent. This is highly changeable and is influenced by a number of different things. As it turns out, insurance companies can be highly prescriptive, even seeking to prescribe the details of the surgery. Even if the insurance company approves the procedure in advance, they calculate the amount of tissue that must be removed for the surgery to be reimbursed, which commonly ends in patients having breasts that are significantly smaller than desired.
While it is undeniable that excessively large breasts can result in medical complications such as neck and back pain, rashes in the breast folds, and difficulties with everyday activities, a breast reduction treatment is also an aesthetic procedure and should be regarded as such. While breast reductions are unquestionably a medical operation, they are also an aesthetic procedure that should result in lovely breasts.
3. WHAT ARE THE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH BREAST REDUCTION SURGERY?
The most prevalent hazards connected with breast reductions are hematoma or blood clot, diminished nipple sensitivity, and wound healing complications. While asymmetry between the breasts is not considered a problem because it is a natural occurrence when two of the same body parts are operated on, it is still a significant subject to discuss with patients.
4. SHOULD I AVOID BREAST REDUCTION UNTIL AFTER I HAVE CHILDREN?
Yes, in an ideal world. However, both physicians' experience indicates that patients as young as 18 routinely elect for breast reductions to alleviate neck, back, and shoulder pain. Many patients in their late teens and twenties who are years away from having children but are in terrible physical pain and emotional and psychological misery due to their excessively big breasts may contemplate reduction mammoplasty. While I counsel all patients about the inherent risk of decreased capacity to breastfeed, in situations such as these, the patient's quality of life and well-being must be considered.
If you can wait until after you've breastfed (assuming you want to!). Breastfeeding potential following breast reduction is assessed by the number of remaining milk ducts and milk producing glands. Reduced-nipple procedures, as well as those that preserve more of the glandular tissue connecting the nipple to the chest wall, have a significantly better likelihood of preserving breastfeeding potential.
Doctors cannot guarantee the ability to breastfeed following a breast reduction because each body is unique. The longer the interval between operations, the more likely lactation will be successful.
5. WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING RECOVERY AFTER BREAST REDUCTION?
The good news is that postoperative breast reduction is not the most difficult procedure. For six weeks following surgery, patients are recommended to wear a surgical or sports bra and are not permitted to exercise or carry heavy weights. Take a swim or engage in rigorous physical activity.
6. WHAT KIND OF SCARRING CAN BE EXPECTED AFTER BREAST REDUCTION?
In the initial postoperative phase, scars are quite noticeable, red, and elevated. They do, however, get flatter and lighter over time. It may take up to a year to observe how totally healed scars are, and most of the time, he says, they are quite modest. Due to the lack of strain on the tissue, the majority of patients, including those with a history of hypertrophic scarring, heal effectively following a breast reduction. Post-operative bras alleviate pressure on incisions. Three to four weeks after surgery, scar cream can be used, as well as sunblock while going outside or to the beach. If scarring becomes an issue in the future, it can be addressed with lasers and other therapies.
7. IF I AM OVERWEIGHT, DO I NEED TO LOSE WEIGHT BEFORE A BREAST REDUCTION?
As with all elective plastic surgery operations, patients are recommended to maintain a healthy weight before to surgery. According to study, persons with a higher BMI are more likely to contract infection and have their wounds fail. Naturally, surgeons seek to minimise patient risk.
Additionally, it is vital to maintain a balanced diet and exercise routine following surgery. Maintaining an active lifestyle is crucial to avoiding future breast volume increases.
8. WILL THE FLUCTUATION IN MY WEIGHT AFTER A BREAST REDUCTION AFFECT THE RESULTS?
This is not common, but it does occur. Breast development is relatively uncommon following a breast reduction, as skin, fat, and breast tissue are removed. When it does occur, it is frequently as a result of hormonal changes associated with pregnancy and menopause, weight increase, or medication.
9. HOW DO I KNOW MY POST-REDUCTION BREAST SIZE?
Choosing the appropriate size requires an open and candid discussion between you and your breast surgeon. It is vital to find a balance between the patient's objectives and the patient's body's needs. If the size is meant to alleviate neck, shoulder, and back pain, it should fit the individual's frame while being compact enough to be effective.
A word of wisdom? Avoid being too fixated on a particular size. It is commonly known that bra sizing varies greatly; different businesses and brands have their own sizing guidelines, which means that establishing a patient's size prior to surgery is inconsistent. Additionally, the majority of patients are wearing improper or ill-fitting bras, and frequently claim that their bra size does not accurately reflect their current breast volume.
There is no association between the amount of breast tissue removed and the resulting bra size because people have varying baselines, breast measures overall, and tissue composition.
10. CAN I SPEAK TO PREVIOUS PATIENTS AND/OR TO SEE BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS?
Absolutely! Due to privacy rules and patients' wishes not to have their personal information exposed, speaking directly with former patients might be challenging. Patient testimonies and before and after photographs, on the other hand, are important in guiding patients in selecting which plastic surgeon is the greatest fit for them and what their outcomes may look like. Therefore, do not be afraid to request the materials necessary to make the best decision possible for you.
Published by Dr Siddharth Prakash