Candidates for the operation
Women with very large breasts (macromastia) often suffer from neck, shoulder, and/or back pain, rashes underneath the breasts and headaches as a result of the weight of their pendulous breasts. These women often find that the breast reduction operation will greatly alleviate their discomfort. Most insurance plans will cover this operation if the patient meets certain pre-operative criteria.
The procedure may be performed as an outpatient at the North Seattle Surgery Center or patients may choose to stay overnight and have their operation performed at Northwest Hospital. Under the direction of a board-certified anesthesiologist you will have a general anesthetic is administered. Typically, based on the size of the patient's breasts, the operation takes between 3-4hours. A primary incision is made around the areola, and often vertical and horizontal incisions are used depending on the breast size and shape. During the operation excess breast tissue and skin are removed. At the conclusion of the operation your breasts will be smaller. Additionally, the areola is reduced in size and the nipple and areola are lifted to a higher position. Patients may go home the day of the operation or be admitted to the hospital overnight for monitoring and pain control.
Swelling and occasionally some bruising are common after the operation. Mild to moderate discomfort lasts for a few days. Recovery time usually takes seven to 14 days. Patients will wear a soft bra day and night for one month. Although patients will immediately notice that their breasts are smaller, the results will continue to improve as swelling goes down. After one to two weeks, most women return to work and their normal daily activities.
Complications following the breast reduction operation are usually minimal. Some complications that may occur include infection, bleeding, hematoma, changes in nipple sensation, contour irregularities, delayed wound healing, over versus under-correction and thickened scars.
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