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For many women, their breasts are an important aspect of their identity. Healthy breasts are vital to their overall physical and mental well-being. Women want to feel happy with their appearance and the image that they wish to present to the world.

Many suffer from oversized breasts that cause pain and discomfort. It decrease one’s ability to participate in physical activity, and poor self-image. But now you can become the best versions of both mind and body by Breast reduction surgery.

Breast reduction is also known as ‘’Reduction Mammaplasty’’.It is a procedure to remove excess breast fat, glandular tissue and skin to achieve a breast size more in proportion with your body.  Also alleviate the discomfort associated with excessively large breasts.

Breast reduction procedure is for those women who have large breasts and wish to resolve issues such as:

  • Nerve pain
  • Restricted activity
  • Chronic back, neck and shoulder pain that requires pain medications
  • Persistent skin irritation or rash under the breasts
  • Poor self-image related to large breasts
  • Difficulty fitting into bras and clothing
  • It helps to reduce the size and improve the shape of the breast.

Breast reduction procedure can often be performed safely for patients in their mid-teens. Many plastic surgeons prefer patients to wait until they are at least 18.

In 2019, total number of females who undergo for breast reduction procedure are 534,294  (100%)

  • People age 35-50 had the most procedures with 44% of the total.
  • People age 19-34 had 20% of procedures
  • Age 51-64 had 28%
  • Age 65 and over had 7%
  • 18 and younger had 1.3%
  • Breast reduction is the popular procedure among women worldwide.
  • Total procedures of Breast Reduction in 2019 were 534,294.
  • 98,900 total procedures in Brazil carried out each year in 2018.
  • 90,000 breast reductionprocedures carried out each year in the United States.
  • Number of worldwide surgical procedures performed by plastic surgeons in 2019 were 534,294
  • Percentage of total surgical procedures are 5.0% up than 2018.
  • 489,146 total procedures were done in 2017
  • 432,280 procedures were done in 2014
  • In 2018 total procedures were carried out are 534,294
  • In 2017 total procedures were done are 489,146
  • Breast Reduction is very popular among females of Pakistan
  • 87 % women are satisfied with the breast reduction procedure.
  • Present change 2019 vs. 2018 , which is 6% increase in demand
  • Breast Reduction cases are 11% up in 2017
  • Percent Change 2018 vs. 2017, 8.5 % increase in demand.
  • Percent Change 2018 vs. 2014, 19.1 % increase in demand
  • Relief of back, neck and shoulder pain
  • increase activity and improve physical fitness
  • help improve self-image

You will be a good candidate if:

  • You are physically healthy
  • You have breasts that control your physical activity
  • You experience shoulder pain, back and neck pain caused by the unnecessary weight of your breasts
  • You have shoulder indentations from bra straps
  • Beneath the breast crease, you feel skin irritation

Use this list of questions as a guide during your breast reduction consultation:

  • Are you a certified Plastic Surgeon?
  • Where will you carry out my breast reduction procedure?
  • Am I an excellent candidate for breast reduction procedure?
  • How can I anticipate the best results from breast reduction surgery?
  • What surgical technique is recommended for me?
  • What kind of assistance will I require during my recovery?
  • What are the risks associated with my breast reduction procedure?
  • How are breast reduction complications handled?
  • How will breast reduction surgery affect my breastfeeding?
  • How can I expect my breasts to look after breastfeeding or pregnancy?

Your plastic surgeon will explain in detail the risks associated with your surgery.

Possible breast reduction surgery risks include:

  • Anesthesia risks
  • Bleeding (hematoma)
  • Blood clots
  • Poor wound healing
  • Breast contour and shape irregularities
  • Skin discoloration, permanent pigmentation changes, swelling and bruising
  • Damage to deeper structures
  • Excessive firmness of the breast
  • Potential inability to breastfeed
  • This kind of surgery interfere with specific diagnostic procedures
  • Nipple and breast piercing can cause an infection
  • Talk to your doctor if you are planning to nurse a baby
  • The breast reduction procedure is best done when your breasts are fully developed
  • Alterations in the breasts during pregnancy can change the results of previous surgery.

Breast reduction procedures may be performed in your plastic surgeon’s accredited office-based surgical facility, or in a hospital. The assisting staff of the hospital or clinic will fully attend to your safety and comfort.

You need to be in a good physical shape to be sure you heal the way you should, so follow your surgeon’s instructions before and after breast reduction surgery.

Before the surgery, get your home ready for recovery. Have these things on hand:

  • Plenty of ice
  • Gauze and clean washcloths and towels
  • Loose, comfortable shirts
  • Special creams as recommended by your surgeon for the incision sites
  • Plan for someone to drive you home and stay with you.

Before breast reduction surgery, you surgeon may be asked to:

  • Get medical evaluation
  • Take certain medications
  • Get a baseline mammogram before and after surgery
  • Stop smoking
  • Stay away from anti-inflammatory drugs

Special instructions you receive from surgeon will cover:

  • What to do on the day of surgery
  • Post-surgery care and follow-up

The following steps are:

  • Step 1 – Anesthesia
  • Step 2 – The incision
  • Step 3 – Removing tissue and repositioning
  • Step 4 – Closing the incisions
  • Step 5 –Results

The certain technique used to lessen the size of your breasts can alter. The procedure might include:

  • Surgery through incisions
  • Liposuction technique used to remove excess fat in your breasts
  • Makes an incision around the areola and down both the breasts
  • Removes excess breast tissue, skin and fat to reduce the size of each breast
  • Repositions and reshapes the breast nipple and areola
  • Usually remain attached to the breast
  • Might need to be removed and then reattached at a higher position as a skin graft if your breasts are very large

The size of the areola also might be reduced. Your incision scars will fade with time.

Many patients have queries regarding recovery from breast reduction surgery.

  • Your breasts will be covered with a gauze dressing or bandages
  • A tube will be placed under each arm to drain any excess fluid from breasts.
  • You likely will take medication for pain and antibiotics, to decrease your risk of infection
  • Your breasts will probably feel sensitive and tender
  • Breasts may be bruised and swollen
  • Your plastic surgeon will recommend an elastic compression bra to support the breasts
  • Limit your physical activity for a month while the breasts heal
  • Avoid underwire bras for a few months after surgery

You will require a follow-up visit with your surgeon to remove stitches and check your recovery.

Successful surgery can relieve you from pain in upper back, neck and shoulders. It will increase your ability to participate in all physical activities and also promote a more positive self-image.

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