Breast Reduction is one of the most popular procedures we offer here at Midwest Breast & Aesthetic Surgery in Columbus, OH. Clinically known as Reduction Mammaplasty, this procedure reduces the number of weight women carry on their chests and significantly alleviates large breast size conditions. These conditions often include:
- Back and shoulder pain;
- Skin irritation on the breast crease; and
- Grooving in their shoulders.
Before undergoing breast reduction, it is essential to have a basic understanding of this plastic surgery procedure, its expected recovery, and the factors that determine your scar pattern. This procedure aims to reduce the size and weight of the breasts to improve symptomatology and produce a more youthful shape while maintaining enough breast tissues to support the nipple.
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Determining the Scar Pattern
The primary determinant of scar pattern in breast reduction surgery is the breast size before surgery. Generally, as the size of the reduction increases, so does the incision. Great care is taken to conceal scars around the areola and within the crease beneath the breast.
Scarring takes place when the body needs to recover from trauma of any kind. Scar tissue works as an adhesive that naturally repairs tissue. What makes it such a problem for many people is its less-than-pleasing aesthetic qualities.
Three Surgical Techniques of Breast Reduction
Now, there are three options for breast reduction:
- Traditional (Anchor)
- Scarless (Liposuction)
It is important to note that whatever option is used during surgery often depends on several factors. For example:
An Anchor may not benefit a woman seeking substantially intermediate results from a breast reduction. So it is crucial to keep this in mind.We often work using this incision for patients with larger breasts.
How to Minimize Breast Reduction Scars
While getting a scar is unavoidable, some steps can be taken to ensure an aesthetically pleasing final result. It starts with you and your cosmetic surgeon. Scarring is mostly dependent on the technical proficiency of your surgeon.
Patterns and plans are designed during the initial consultation to ensure that the final result minimizes scarring. Also, incisions are often made in areas that are easily concealed under low-cut clothing.
There are also several steps to take post-operatively that will aid the healing process, such as:
- Ensure that the breasts are no form of stress.
- Avoid excessive heat such as prolonged exposure to the sun and hot showers. Doing so will help with the natural healing of the scars.
- Avoid any strenuous activities for the first few weeks.
- Maintain a healthy diet.
- Apply prescribed ointments to keep the wound clean.
In the weeks to months following surgery, additional scar massage and commercially available scar therapy are beneficial. Please talk with your plastic surgeon about what might be best for you.
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Scars Heal in Due Time
Generally, most patients have very little pain two weeks after breast reduction surgery and can return to work. However, the healing process is ongoing, and swelling will continue to decrease, and the appearance of your scars will significantly improve with time. It can take up to a full year before the breasts fully recover and scars settle and fade, so it’s essential to take things slowly during this time.
Scarring is a natural part of the healing process, and under the hands of a board-certified plastic surgeon and the right post-operative care, they’ll be barely noticeable before you know it.