How is Breast Reduction Surgery Performed?
Breast Reduction Surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, under general anesthesia. You will need someone to take you home, and stay with you for the first 24 hours. There are some variations as to the incisions made for breast reduction surgery, but the most commonly used is the anchor-shaped. The plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. James Murphy, makes an incision around the nipple (areola), another vertically from the under side of the areola to the crease under the breast, and another along the contour of the crease under the breast. The excess fatty tissue and skin is then removed, and the diameter of the nipple can be reduced and repositioned higher on the breast.
How will I feel after surgery?
Immediately after surgery you will have some swelling, soreness, and bruising. Your surgeon will prescribe pain medications for the discomfort. You will be up and about the next day, but very conservatively. No lifting you arms above your head, or lifting any heavy objects. Stitches are generally removed a week later.
You will experience some swelling and bruising for a few weeks, but reducing over time. Incisions will be red to pink, but fade out to light pink or white over time. We do have a Cutera laser, that can minimize the discoloration of the scars quicker, if the patient chooses. You will continue to wear a good support bra, 23 hours a day.
After 4-6 weeks you may resume more vigorous exercise and full range of motion with your arms. Follow-up care will occur within a week after surgery, and approximately every 3 months for the first year.
Dr. Murphy will call you the first night or following day after surgery, to make sure you are doing well. We are on-call for you 24 hours a day, if necessary.