Breast Reduction

What is a breast reduction?

The breast reduction, medically called reducing mammaplasty, is a procedure aimed at reducing the size of the woman’s breast. This is mostly done in those cases in which their size is disproportioned to the rest of the body, and may even cause pain.

This surgery improves the size, shape and any condition related to the size of the breasts, such as back, neck and shoulder pain caused by an excess of breast tissue, skin irritation or extremely extended and a pendulum like breast or an extremely big areola.

Breast reduction may be done for one or both of the breasts, and it is generally considered a reconstructive surgery.

Am I a good candidate?

This surgery can be done at any age; however, it is advised to do it once the breasts have developed fully. The best candidates for the surgery are those women who have a relatively normal and stable weight, a good health, they cannot smoke and cannot have any diseases that may affect the healing process or risk their lives. It is also very important that they keep a positive mind and they should have specific objectives to improve their looks.

Are there other options?

This is the only technique known in when the pendulum shape and size of the breast has a very important development, at least with the results this one can render.

Anyway, the patients are always advised to keep a good diet and workout in order to improve the outcome of the surgery.

What does the surgery consist of?

Once you’ve decided you are going to do the surgery, and Dr. Robles has decided the way in which he is going to proceed, you will be ready to go into the operating room. Once in there, Dr. Robles will mark where he is going to do the incisions and take pictures in order to compare the results.

Breast reduction is usually performed through incision with a surgical removal of fat, glandular tissue and skin that’s making the breast have that pendulum shape. This technique, in addition to improve the size and shape of the breasts, will also reposition them and also reduce the size of the nipples and areolas which might have been enlarged because of the tensioned skin.

Breast reduction is sometimes done by removing excess fat using liposuction techniques; by removing the excess glandular tissue, skin and fat or by combining both techniques. One of the most common techniques needs an incision pattern that begins around the areola, then continues vertically below the breast and finally horizontally by the natural fold of the breast. After being removing the nipple, it is repositioned and the areola is reduced, as the lifting and remodeling are done. The stitches, skin adhesives and surgical bands for the skin will close the superficial incisions. Many of the incision lines will be easily hidden by the shape and folds of your body, however some of them will be visible. In spite of this, they will improve over time.

How is the recovery from the surgery?

Once the procedure is completed, the doctor will place the bandages, and you will need to wear a compressing bra in order to reduce the swelling and to support the new shape of your breasts. In some cases, Dr. Robles may order you to use small tube under the skin to drain fluids.

Initially, you will have swelling and a discomfort feeling on the incision areas, this is usual, and it can be reduced with the medication the doctor prescribes. The compressing bra must be used during the first two weeks, it will also be vital to keep the incisions clean.

In order to have the best post-surgery possible, you need to follow all the instructions given by Dr. Robles. This will let you go back to your regular life as quick as possible.

During the first ten days after the surgery, you will need to go to the clinic in order to have controls where the stitches will be removed. At that moment you will be able to go back to work, as long as it doesn’t involve too much effort.

The healing process will continue for several weeks as the swelling wears off and your body gets used to the new shape and size of your breasts.

What are the risks of the surgery?

The possible risks of the surgery are hematomas, blood clots, infections, poor or anomalous healing. Sensitivity loss in the nipples is usually temporary. Women who smoke should know that they have higher risks of having poor healing. Apart from these, there are always some risks when using anesthesia.

How long will the results last?

Final results of the breast reduction will appear in the first couple of months as the new shape and position of the breast adapt to your body. Incision lines are permanent, but they will improve with time, and they are easily hidden.

Even though this surgery has permanent results, time and weight fluctuations may deteriorate the results.

What do I need to get the surgery done?

After all the details have been confirmed with Dr. Robles, you will be given some documents related to the procedure. There, you will find the informed consent for the surgery, which is a written statement that you’ve been fully informed of the surgery you are about to be practiced, as well as the risks involved. You will also be given a sworn statement of your medical history. Both must be read and filled when they are given to you, however you’ll sign them the day of the surgery on Clínica Robles.

In order to assure your safety and to be certain that the surgery will go without any complications, Dr. Robles will perform some routine pre-surgical tests, including blood tests, ECG, surgical risk tests, and whenever necessary an ultrasound scan.

It is of the utmost importance that you have all of the medication and other elements that Dr. Robles had asked you in previous consults. A fast recovery will depend on that. Medication varies according to the type of treatment or your medical history. This is why that information must be the trustworthy.