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What is Breast Reduction Surgery?

Breast reduction surgery (which is also known as reduction mammoplasty or reduction mammaplasty) is a procedure that involves removing some tissue and skin to reshape and reduce the size of the breasts. Breast reduction surgery can be used for aesthetic reasons, or to treat medical conditions caused by large breasts. One reason for having breast reduction surgery is to feel more comfortable in day-to-day life. Large, heavy breasts can cause back and neck pain, skin irritation, and lead to posture problems. Some women find that having large breasts inhibits participation in sporting activities and exercise, as they may be painful or awkward. Breast reduction surgery is also an option for those wishing to alter their appearance.

Some women find having large breasts embarrassing, especially if they are out of proportion with regards to their height and weight. Large breasts can lead to a feeling of self consciousness, and it can be difficult to find clothes that fit properly. Breast reduction surgical procedures are carried out at a hospital or surgical center, under general anesthesia. The surgery generally lasts between 3 and 5 hours, with an overnight stay in hospital sometimes necessary. In some cases, smaller reductions can be carried out under local anesthesia.

Sometimes liposuction is used alongside the surgery, and sometimes liposuction by itself is sufficient to achieve the desired results. Immediately after surgery, gauze is put in place over the incisions, and the breasts are wrapped in an elastic bandage or supported with a special surgical bra.

Where can I get Breast Reduction Surgery abroad?

Breast Reduction Surgery in Spain Spain is an interesting option for European patients hoping to combine treatment with a holiday in the sun. Prices are also much cheaper than in other Western European countries such as the UK and France. Breast Reduction Surgery in Mexico Mexico is an ideal destination for American patients who are looking for affordable treatment close to home. Many Mexican plastic surgeons were trained in the US and are members of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.,

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A breast reduction procedure, also referred to as a mammoplasty, involves surgically removing fat and glandular tissue from the breast, to reduce the size and reshape the breast. A breast reduction should be performed after the breasts have fully developed, which is usually during the late teens or early 20's. It is advisable to wait until after the patient is finished with pregnancy, as the breast tissue often changes during that time, which could have an effect on how breasts look after undergoing a reduction. Patients with large breasts may find that a breast reduction can relieve back and neck pain, and can also boost self-confidence. The procedure involves the removal of excess fat and skin and sometimes the nipple may need to be repositioned.

Liposuction may be used to remove fat during the procedure. Recommended for Uncomfortably large breasts Sagging breasts Relieving back pain caused by heavy breasts Time requirements Number of days in hospital 1 - 2 days Average length of stay abroad 1 weeks. The plastic surgeon will usually recommend waiting at least 7 days for healing to begin, but it can vary for each case. Number of trips abroad needed 1. Many women who have disproportioned large breasts choose to have a breast reduction to relieve neck and back pain. 

The patient will have a consultation with the surgeon to discuss the goals and expected outcome of the surgery, as well as to go through the surgery steps.

Before the surgery, the patient may be advised to stop taking certain medications, such as aspirin and to refrain from smoking and drinking in the 2 weeks leading up to the surgery. Before the day of the surgery, the patient may be asked to fast in order to prepare for the general anesthetic.,

The incision may be made around the areola, which is the area around the nipple. This type of incision may leave visible scarring. Alternatively, the incision may be made around the nipple and then extend downward towards the bottom of the breast.

Once the incision is made, the excess tissue and fat is removed. Some surgeries may require the nipples to be reshaped and/or moved and sometimes liposuction may be used to help to remove the excess fat. Once the excess fat and tissue have been removed, the incision is then closed with sutures.

Anesthesia Usually general anesthetic, but for more minor reductions, local anesthetic is sometimes used. Procedure duration The Breast Reduction takes 2 to 3 hours. The surgeon will remove fat and tissue from the breast, reducing the size and lifting the breast.,

Post procedure care After the procedure, patients will usually spend the first night in hospital, and may have surgical drains to remove fluid from the surgical site. These drains are usually removed after 24 hours or so.

For the first week after the surgery, patients may have bandages around the breasts, and after that the surgeon will usually recommend wearing a sports bra for the first month.

Possible discomfort Some swelling and discomfort for the first two or three days is normal, as is some lesser discomfort for another week following surgery. Some patients find wearing a surgical bra 24 hours a day for a week following surgery lessens their discomfort and aids recovery.,

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