Women who are living with overly-large breasts can experience discomforts such as back aches, neck aches, and rashes. Breast reduction surgery can help to remedy these issues and create a more proportionate body contour for an improved quality of life.
What is Breast Reduction Surgery?
Many women suffer from macromastia (i.e. very large breasts). Macromastia can cause a variety of medical ailments such as chronic neck, back, or shoulder pain. Women can develop shoulder indentations, skin rashes (under the breasts) and even breathing problems. For these reasons, many women elect to undergo breast reduction surgery. This procedure removes skin, fat, and glandular tissue to lift and make the breasts smaller. Breast reduction surgery relieves the discomfort of macromastia and gives women a more proportional bust line.
The Surgical Procedure
A breast reduction is performed under general anesthesia. It usually requires two to four hours to perform, sometimes longer. The incision most often used by Dr. Golosow is anchor shaped. The resulting scar is around the areola, straight down to the inframammary fold and then along the inframammary crease. During a breast reduction, skin and breast tissue are removed and the nipple/areolar complex is lifted. Liposuction is sometimes used to remove excess fat from the sides of the chest. A breast reduction provides women with lighter, less pendulous and more youthful appearing breasts.
Following surgery, the breasts will be covered with an Ace wrap or surgery bra to decrease swelling. Pain or discomfort may be present during the first week but can be easily managed with oral medications. Most of the sutures are under the skin and dissolve over time. Patients are asked to refrain from heavy lifting, pulling or heavy exercise for 6-8 weeks. Most women, however, are back to work by two weeks postoperatively.
If you have been considering cosmetic surgery near Ft. Myers, please contact our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Golosow.