What to Know Before Breast Reduction Surgery

Breast Reduction SurgeryFor some women, bigger breasts can lead to big problems. If you’re a woman whose breasts are naturally large, this added weight can cause a variety of physical and psychological issues including:

  • Neck and back pain
  • Skin irritation from the bra strap
  • Skeletal deformities
  • Breathing problems
  • Self-consciousness that may prevent them from exercising and living an active lifestyle

Whatever your reason for the reduction, here are some things to consider before your procedure.

How to prepare

Prior to your procedure, we will likely discuss the following with you in your consultation:

  • Evaluate your medical history and overall health
  • Your expectations for appearance as well as breast size after the surgery
  • A detailed description of the procedure including risks and benefits
  • Examine and measure your breasts
  • Explain the type of anesthesia used during surgery

Other information and instructions you may need to follow before breast reduction surgery are:

  • Completing various lab tests
  • Getting a baseline mammogram
  • Quitting smoking for a certain period of time before and after surgery
  • Avoiding taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements, to control bleeding during surgery

Who is an Ideal Candidate?

The best candidates for breast reduction surgery are those who are more or less at a healthy weight range and are non-smokers. If you are interested in a dramatic weight loss or having a child in the near future, you may want to consider postponing this procedure.

What happens during the breast reduction procedure?

During the procedure, your surgeon will remove unwanted fat, glandular tissue, and skin leaving your breasts firmer, lighter, smaller, less saggy, and in better proportion with the rest of your body. An additional benefit of the procedure includes a reduction in the size of the areola.

The surgery is performed under general anesthesia and depending on the technique that is used and the individual case, it takes anywhere from 2 to 5 hours to perform.

If you are interested in breast reduction surgery, call Twin City Plastic Surgery at (309) 662-6772 to schedule a consultation. We proudly serve patients from Bloomington, Champaign, Springfield, Peoria, and Decatur, IL.

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