Patients with heavy, enlarged breasts that sag may suffer chronic pains to the:
- Breast discomfort
- Skin irritations
- Difficulties and discomfort during daily-life activities
What should I expect in terms of treatment, procedures and outcomes? Breast reduction surgery may take two to three hours to perform under general anesthesia. Hospital stay is usually one or two nights. Non-dissolvable stitches which do not need to be removed after the operation are mainly used. Post-operative pain may be well controlled. Patients may be back to their daily-life activities from day one and should be back to full exercise within six weeks. The surgical scars should develop around 6-weeks post-operative, and fade within months.
Every operation comes with a risk. Eventhough unavoidable complications may occur, serious complications are quite rare with this operation. This article aims to give you general information about the operation in question. In order to make the correct decision, we highly recommend you to make a detailed research about possible risks and complication of the procedure. Please note that complications occur more frequently with patients who are obese, smoke, and have a history of lung or other chronic underlying medical conditions.
Smokers have a higher risk of post operative healing problems and expected to be less immune to infection. Smokers also are more likely to suffer operative and post operative bleeding. It is strongly advised for patients to stop smoking for two weeks before and after surgery. Eventhough this may help, please note that, stopping to smoke for short period of time will not be enough to eliminate risks of long term smoking. Smoking also has a contrary effect on the skin.