Breast Reduction procedures involves the removal of fat, glandular tissue, and skin from the breasts, making them smaller, lighter, and firmer. It can also reduce the size of the areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple. The goal is to give the woman smaller, better-shaped breasts in proportion with the rest of her body. This is done under general anesthesia with the patient confined for a few days in the hospital. This may also be indicated for male patients who have persistent gynecomastia for more than two years. Sutures are removed between fourth to seventh day after the operation. There is swelling of the breasts that usually subsides after several weeks. Individuals must have patience regarding the final appearance of the breasts.
After the procedure, patients will have pressure dressing or garment at the treated area to help control the swelling. Patients are advised that there will be swelling, tightness, minimal pain or discomfort and numbness. However, these conditions are transient and resolve spontaneously during the next several weeks.
For Better Healing:
To improve healing and minimize swelling, patients are advise to avoid the following for 2 to 3 weeks : smoking, alcoholic beverages, aspirin, NSAID’s like mefenamic acids, vitamin E supplement, steroids, herbal tea or herbal medications.