Breast Reduction Surgery (Mammoplasty)
Breast reduction, also known as reduction mammoplasty, is a common procedure that is performed to reduce and lift breasts that have excess volume and weight. These breasts almost always have a very low position. Patients frequently have difficulty with posture, comfort, and experience challenges with wearing clothing. Some patients experience back, neck and shoulder pain as a result of long-standing breast excess (hypermastia). The inability to exercise effectively is a very frequent complaint reported by patients with excess breast volume. Dr. Carpenter is a highly experienced surgeon with respect to reduction mammoplasty.
A number of procedures exist that can be utilized to perform breast reduction and the appropriate procedure is selected based on a thorough discussion and examination.
Breast Reduction Surgery (Mammoplasty) Procedure
Thorough analysis is the key to a successful outcome. Breast reduction surgery requires a high level of experience, understanding, and skill in order to achieve outstanding results. Breast reduction surgery can be either an outpatient procedure, or a procedure that is followed by an overnight stay at the facility. The procedure is done utilizing a general anesthesia, administered by an MD anesthesiologist. The procedure usually requires 3-4 hours of time in the operating room. Drains may or may not be placed, and if so, are removed the following morning. Breast tissue removed during the operation may or may not be submitted to pathology, depending on circumstances discussed pre-operatively.
Breast Reduction Surgery (Mammoplasty) Recovery
Patients following breast reduction surgery usually experience mild discomfort, usually in the form of tension or pressure. Typically, the discomfort is controlled easily with prescribed medication. If an overnight stay is planned, the use of intravenous (IV) pain medication is employed.
Patients are instructed to support the reduced and lifted breast by wearing a surgical bra that is fitted immediately after surgery. This or a similar bra is to be worn at all times (except for showering) for 4 weeks to achieve optimum results. Dr. Carpenter recommends wearing a bra throughout the day following this period.