Reduction mammoplasty is a surgical procedure to eliminate excess breast tissue, glandular material and skin in order to achieve a more proportionate breast size. Breast reduction Adelaide helps relieve neck, shoulder and back pain and fatigue associated with oversized pendulous breasts (Macromastia). Some patients choose to reduce their breast size through plastic surgery, but in most cases, this surgery is considered an elective surgical procedure. In addition to reducing the size of the breasts, it is often performed on patients that are dissatisfied with the appearance of their breasts or that they have been unhappy with the shape or weight of the breasts.
Reduction mammoplasty is performed under general anesthesia, and the patient will be admitted to the hospital overnight for recovery. A small incision is made in the armpit, underarm or upper chest, and additional skin is removed. During the recovery period, the patient may have minimal disfigurement and bruising. Pain medications are normally prescribed, and the patient may receive local or systemic anesthesia depending on the surgeon’s recommendation. A follow-up visit may be scheduled to evaluate the progress and results. The breast reduction surgeon will then recommend a course of action for the patient’s breast reduction.
Reduction mammoplasty can either be done by general or local anesthesia. Local anesthesia is usually used for this surgery because local anesthetics are less toxic than general anesthetics. There is usually a recovery period of several days. Most patients return to work the same day after the surgery and can resume normal activities shortly after breast reduction Adelaide surgery.
For the removal of excess skin, the incision will be followed by incision involving the areola, then up to the nipple, then through the area to the base of the breast and up to the nipple crease. The area around the nipple crease should be reshaped for a better view, and if possible, a bra can be worn for support during the first few days after surgery. If there is a large amount of excess skin remaining, liposuction may be recommended. A bandage can be placed over the incisions to protect the incisions from damage caused by direct sunlight and infection.
After breast reduction Adelaide surgery, the patient’s breast will be examined closely by a plastic surgeon. It may be necessary to take a mammogram in order to examine the breast and determine the extent of the breast reduction. The breast tissue will be examined with an endoscope in order to check for any bleeding, infection or excessive bleeding. This is usually done at least twice a week. A mammogram may also be required to monitor the incisions. If there are complications after the surgery, the patient may have to go back into the hospital or stay in an outpatient facility, depending on how severe the complication is.