Breast Reduction in OKC & Edmond
If you have very large, pendulous breasts, you have probably experienced a dragging sensation at the end of the day. You may have low neck pain or a upper back pain. You are unable to sit upright and do a variety of activities in sports or at home. Your bra straps may indent your shoulder and you may have excessive sweating underneath your breasts. Breast size can be reduced to help you with these symptoms. Some teenagers also experience this problem and surgery can be done to improve their self image.
Breast reduction, or mammoplasty, helps women who have these problems. This procedure helps remove fat, skin, and glandular tissue to make breasts smaller, tighter, and firmer. It also helps reduce the size of the areola, which is the darker skin around the nipple. By giving you a smaller, better-shaped breasts, the goal of breast reduction is reached.
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- Who are the best candidates for this surgery?
Performed mainly for physical relief than cosmetic improvement, this surgery helps women who have sagging breasts that stop a woman from activities.
The surgery is performed when a woman’s breasts are fully developed but they can also be performed earlier if the breasts cause serious physical pain. Women who are mature enough to comprehend the procedure and have realistic goals are great candidates for this surgery. You should not have this surgery if you plan to breast-feed.
- Plan for your surgery
I will examine and measure your breasts. I will make a determination based on your size of the breasts, your weight and height, what your final size ad shape of the breasts will be. The location of the incisions and the final location of the nipple and the areola will also be discussed.
I will describe the procedure in detail, explaining its risks and limitations.
- Prepare For Your Surgery
A mammogram may be essential prior to the surgery. You may have to purchase a garment or a support bra prior to the surgery. You will need for someone to take care of you for the first few days after the surgery.
- Where Your Surgery Will Be Performed
Breast reduction is nearly always performed under general anesthesia. You'll be asleep through the entire operation.
- The Surgery
I tend to remove just enough breast tissue and create a breast that looks full and tear drop in shape giving it a natural appearance. This is achieved by doing a superior pedicle technique which is the latest and newest technique currently used by nationally recognized plastic surgeons around the country. The incision is the shape of a popsicle or a small anchor and rarely extends horizontally under the breast crease thereby minimizing your incision and scarring.
Skin and breast tissue is removed and the nipple is relocated (but not completely detached) and stitched in the new position. All incisions are closed in multiple layers and all sutures are left underneath the skin.
- Immediately after surgery
You will be in a surgical compression bra following the surgery for four to six weeks. Pain is there for the first couple of days especially if you cough or move around. I will give you pain medications to decrease your pain following the procedure.
Your breast may hurt for the first few days but this will improve over the next few weeks. The incisions will continue to heal and you may find a few sutures may come up to the surface and few areas may drain as small amount of fluid. Keeping the bra on will reduce the dragging sensation at the end of the day. You should be able to do brisk walking in a few weeks and aerobic exercises can be started in six weeks.
- Your new image
Even after six months to a year, your breasts will still need time to settle into their new shape. Breast reduction scars are permanent, but your surgeon will try to conceal them as much as possible. The scars will remain lumpy and red for months and then gradually become less obvious. Eventually you will only have thin white lines for scars. Scars will be placed so you can still wear low-cut tops.
You will find that the back pain will reduce almost immediately following the surgery. You will feel lighter and enjoy doing sport activities and exercises.
You will need time to adjust to the new changes of your body. Be patient and keep in mind why you had surgery. You will then be pleased with your new results like most women are.