Having very large breasts often causes discomfort or pain in the back, neck, and shoulder areas. The extra weight carried on the chest also causes headaches, shortness of breath, and poor posture. Extra pressure on the shoulders and the collar bones from the pull of bra straps supporting large breasts causes nerve tingling or numbness down the arms and into the fingers. Having one or all of these symptoms associated with oversized breasts is a reason to consider breast reduction surgery.
Once your surgery date is scheduled, you will be instructed on how to prepare for the operation, when to stop eating or drinking before the surgery, when to stop taking any personal prescriptions, over-the-counter pain pills, or vitamins, how to prepare your home for post-operative recovery, what activities to avoid during recovery, and when to schedule a follow up office visit.
A breast reduction operation is a major surgery that takes from 3 to 5 hours for completion and is performed in a hospital. Depending on your personal situation, you may go home after the surgery, or you may need to remain in the hospital overnight for observation. You will need someone to take you home because you will not be allowed to drive after the operation.
Breast Reduction Surgery
Before the surgery, you will get a general anesthetic to ensure that you are asleep and will not feel any pain. You will have an IV tube inserted in your arm, and you will be connected to a heart monitoring machine during the operation. Once you are asleep, your surgeon will make keyhole-shaped incisions that circle your nipples and extends down the center of your breasts. Your surgeon will remove excess fat cells, tissue, and skin from each breast without removing or repositioning any organs or muscles. Your surgeon may need to place drainage tubes in the surgical openings to remove fluids while the breasts are swollen. Then, the incisions are closed with sutures, your nipples are repositioned, and your breasts are wrapped in surgical gauze bandaging. You will then go to a recovery area for post-operative observation before being released to go home or being taken to your hospital room for an overnight stay.
Until you are fully recovered, it is important not to lift anything over 5 pounds or engage in any strenuous activities. Recovery time ranges from one to two weeks. Your surgeon will let you know when you can return to work, resume normal daily activities, and resume driving a vehicle. You need to keep your follow up office appointment so that the surgeon can remove the stitches.
Upside of Downsizing
You don’t have to live with pain or discomfort when relief is available. Breast reduction surgery is a safe operation, it has a fast recovery time, and it improves your quality of life, it eliminates the breast pain and discomfort, and it gives you a better self-image.