Update 15 August 2016. Last year, plastic surgeons carried out hundreds of breast reduction surgeries throughout Queensland, which experts estimate was a 10% increase over the previous year. More and more women are streaming in to get this operation this year, but exactly what is breast reduction surgery, and why are so many women opting for it?
What is Breast reduction?
Simply put, it is a surgical procedure for removing excess fat, tissue and even skin from breasts. It is also known as mammaplasty. The reduction results in a smaller and lighter bosom, which improves posture, and offers some relief of neck, back and shoulder pain. The procedure also reduces risk of intertrigo, which are rashes that form under the breasts.
Why women are opting for this surgery?
Women with unusually huge busts have serious problems that may not always be obvious to others. Some experience chronic neck, back and shoulder pain on a daily basis while others have rashes and skin irritation. Some are restricted in the daily activities they can participate while others find it difficult to fit to bras and clothing. Still some have difficulty sleeping, and a poor self-image. Breast reduction corrects most of these issues if not all. Most women are finding it great for achieving a breast size proportionate to their bodies, easing the discomfort and pain, and boosting their self-confidence.
More women are going for this procedure also because more women are becoming fatter. Poor nutrition and sedentary lifestyles is directly affecting the size of women busts today. Women have a higher percentage of fat than men do, and they tend to store this fat in certain places one of them being the breasts. In the 40s, the average cup-size was B, but today due to a host of factors, the average cup-size today is a DD. If you too are interested in this procedure, you need to know everything before you can make the decision.
What happens during the procedure?
The surgeon will administer general anesthesia shortly before the procedure to put you to deep sleep so that you do not feel a thing. Depending on your personal circumstances, it will last between 2-5 hours but in some cases longer. Usually, the surgeon will make an incision around your nipple and work down your breast in a keyhole movement. Together with the operating team, the surgeon will use drainage tubes and other surgical tools to remove extra fat, tissue and skin from your breasts, stitch them up, and wrap them with special gauze. You might also be required to wear a surgical bra. For more information on this video you can see the whole process, filmed in our clinic in Brisbane:
(This Video is only a demonstration about the procedure – not made by Qlbreastimplants.com)
Recovering from the operation
Once you come from under the knife, you will need to take at least 7 days of leave from work, school or regular activity to recover. Some women might require a longer recovery period. Your surgeon will schedule follow up appointments to remove stitches and bandages, and to monitor your recovery. You will cease partaking in any vigorous physical activity for at least 30 days. It is normal to feel tired and experience slight pain in your bosom after the procedure. Some patients also exhibit mild depression. Ensure you relay all your concerns to your doctor.
Scars are common side effects of this procedure, but if you find a great surgeon, he/she can hide them well, and they will become less visible as you continue to heal. However, lifting very heavy objects too soon can make the scars worse. In rare cases, some women experience serious complications such as the nipple area not healing adequately, which calls for a skin graft. You should contact your surgeon immediately if a stitch comes out before it is due, there is an unusual discharge from the incision area, and if you show any signs of an infection.
Will your insurance cover the cost?
Even though it is typically performed by a plastic surgeon, breast reduction surgery is regarded as reconstructive. You have high chances of getting your health insurance to cover the entire cost. Just make sure you follow the process outlined by your health insurance provider. Your surgeon will be able to take some pictures of your breasts, and outline the symptoms and health problems caused by large breasts in an official letter. Contact your health insurance company and know exactly what they can pay for to avoid any surprise costs.
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