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Breast Reduction

An Overview

Breast Reduction

Breast Reduction is a procedure where excess fat, glandular tissue and skin is removed from breasts. Women with large breasts may want a reduction to create a more proportional or flattering figure. Many people opt for breast reduction surgery if their chest is too large, causing back, neck and shoulder pain; inhibiting physical activities; or making it difficult to fit into bras or clothes.

Breast reduction can be done at any age, but it is suggested that you wait until the age of 18 and breasts have fully developed. If you are planning on becoming pregnant, it is best to wait until after giving birth to have surgery since changes in breast tissue could affect the results. Also, breast feeding may be difficult after having breast reduction surgery.

The procedure can last as long as four hours depending on the patient. Breast reduction is done under general anesthesia in a hospital or outpatient facility. During surgery, excess breast tissue, fat and skin are removed, and breasts are tightened and repositioned to accommodate the new size.

Average Cost of Breast Reduction: $5,637

How Long Does Breast Reduction Take?
Surgery can last anywhere from 2 to 4 hours, but it will vary depending on the patient and the extent of the operation.

Average Recovery Time:
Full recovery can take 6-18 months, but patients can return to work and other activities after 2 weeks.

Possible Risks and Side Effects:
Some minor side effects are mild bleeding, scarring, temporary loss of sensation in the nipples, and bruising. There is a chance you could experience limited arm mobility within the first couple weeks, but that should return to normal. There is a greater risk of being unable to breast feed after having a breast reduction.

Other Names for Breast Reduction:
Reduction Mammaplasty

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