Breast reduction is a popular procedure, with more than 40,000 performed each year in the United States. The procedure, also known as a reduction mammaplasty, involves removing excess fat, breast tissue and skin to create a breast more proportional to the rest of the body. With successful outcomes in the tens of thousands each year, it is generally considered safe for most patients.
The decision to undergo a breast reduction is extremely personal, and should be considered carefully. During the consultation process, your plastic surgeon will determine if you are a good candidate for the surgery, discuss the likely results, and will also explain any possible risks or complications that can arise. Patients can also come with a list of questions that the surgeon will be happy to answer.
As with any surgical procedure, there are possible risks involved. If you are experiencing anxiety, you can ask your surgeon how they are equipped to handle complications should they arise. While results cannot be guaranteed, an experienced surgeon will make sure that everything goes as smoothly as possible.
Although rare, some of the most common complications that arise from breast reduction surgery include loss of sensation, scarring or asymmetry, as well as general surgical risks such as infection, bleeding and reaction to anesthesia. However, keep in mind that most patients undergo this procedure with no serious complications.
There are also several possible side effects of breast reduction surgery that women need to be aware of before they undergo the procedure. Breast reduction surgery may interfere with certain diagnostic procedures, such as a mammography. Although a reduction can be performed at any age, doctors usually prefer to wait until breasts have fully developed, except in extreme cases.
If you are planning to become pregnant and nurse a baby after your surgery, you should know that the ability to breastfeed can be limited by a breast reduction. Additionally, body changes during pregnancy can alter the results.
To ensure the best possible outcome of breast reduction surgery, speak with your doctor in detail during the consultation.
Breast Reduction in Okatie
For more information on breast procedures, contact Dr. Smith today at 843.705.8940. Our offices are located in South Carolina, serving the communities of Hilton Head, Bluffton, Beaufort and Okatie. We look forward to hearing from you!