The reasons behind getting a breast reduction surgery are numerous, mainly revolving around the discomfort experienced by the patient with disproportionally large breasts. Generally, enlarged breasts cause neck and lower back pain, symptoms that only accentuate in time. Nevertheless, disproportionally large breasts cause incredible body image issues amongst both teenagers and adults. This is why a recent trend in the past few years is breast reduction interventions in teenagers. A notorious case is the case of Ariel Winter, the start of the Modern Family series, who opted for a breast reduction procedure at the age of only eighteen.
Implications of breast reduction surgeries in adults
Brest reduction surgeries are popular amongst both men and women, and they carry an enormous psychological luggage with them. Men are unpleased with their bodies since they show accentuated, un-masculine breasts, while women undergoing such procedures are guided by their desire of having more symmetrical breasts, with a youthful appearance. Regardless of the aesthetic or psychological reasons behind having such a surgery, there are some aspects that all future patients must take into account.
- The initial consultation. In all cases, before getting the actual breast reduction procedure, the patient will undergo a pre-operative consultation with a professional surgeon. During this consultation, the surgeon will get a detailed medical history of the patient, with an increased attention to other breast-related issues in the past. For instance, a patient should expect during a pre-operative consultation a series of questions regarding possible lumps on breasts, if they had them removed etc. A detailed family medical history will also be necessary. Honesty is a rule when it comes to your initial consultation. It is well-known that patients have a habit to “omit” some important details that in the end might affect the outcome of an intervention of this kind, and even endanger their lives.
- The surgery. Each procedure is different, and while some patients are able to have the procedure performed in an outpatient facility, others may require overnight hospitalization. In both cases, however, the patient will be under general anaesthesia. Patients are advised to have someone with them to drive them to and from the facility. The intervention itself will last somewhere between three to five hours, depending on each patient. The surgeon will make an incision around the nipple and down inside the breast. Excess skin, fat and tissue will be removed so the breast fits the patient’s requirements. Afterwards, the nipple will be repositioned for cosmetic purposes. Some patients may have to wear a surgical bra after the intervention.
- The recovery interval. After the procedure, the patient will need at least a week of repose. Each patient will be instructed by the surgeon in terms of follow ups and bandage and suture removal. These intervals should be strictly respected. The intensity of the daily activities in which a patient is involved in, should be reduced in the following period. Many patients experience depressive and anxiety states following the procedure, as the surgery has an immense emotional impact.
- Complications and side effects. Patients, after a breast reduction intervention experience exhaustion and pain at the breast level. These are normal reactions your body will have. Ask your surgeon for some pain relief medications and antibiotics to prevent infections. Generally, surgeons prescribe ointment antibiotics, as they are absorbed at skin level.
Implications of breast reduction surgeries in teenagers
Although the steps of the procedure are the same for both adolescents and adults, the first category will need parental approval for these surgeries. Generally, besides the pain experienced by patients with overly prominent breasts, there is the societal and aesthetic pressure many teenagers are exposed to. As observed in many juvenile patients, breast reduction surgeries in teenagers have a great positive impact in all spheres of life. These interventions seem to alleviate the enormous psychological, social and physical strain of this condition. The initial consultation, the surgery itself, the recovery period as well as complications and side effects remain unchanged from adult patients. Juvenile reduction mammoplasty is only recommended in patients with disproportionally large breasts, however.
These are some considerations all patients should pay attention to before and after a reduction mammoplasty procedure.