There are several surgical procedures that are used for breast reduction, which implies that they are quite complex. Large breasts are usually heavy and with time they put extra stress and weight on patient’s spine, particularly in the neck and chest area, which may lead to neck and spine degeneration. Therefore, many health insurance plans cover breast reduction surgeries for their patients. Large breasts are primarily a health issue although they are usually considered to be an esthetic problem.
Breast reduction surgery is performed under full anesthesia and lasts from 2-5 hours depending on the size of breasts. The surgeon removes some fat tissue, mammary glands and some skin thus reshaping the breasts making them smaller, lighter and prettier. Areoles and nipples can be reduced, too. In certain cases it is necessary to place implants so that a better breast shape can be achieved.
Patients need to be hospitalized for a day or two. Medical bras are worn for 1-3 months following the procedure. Stitches are made with resorptive medical thread which need not be removed. Patients are advised to avoid lifting, pushing or pulling heavy loads. Patients are able to resume their normal daily routine within 10-15 days after the operation, while physical exercises are not recommended for at least 3-4 weeks.