Reduction mammoplasty is a medical term used to describe a surgical procedure that seeks to reduce the volume of the breast. The resection of excess breast tissue and skin gives the breasts a more proportional aspect to the rest of the body.
This procedure is indicated in those women who have mammary hypertrophy (enormous breasts), and although it can be performed at any age, it is advisable to wait until the breast development has been completed.
Although reductive mammoplasty prioritizes volume reduction and weight relief for the patient, the aesthetic result is no less important. Therefore it is essential that the breast maintain a conical and symmetrical format, as well as a size that is in harmony with the build of the woman.
Its duration varies between 2.5 – 4 hours depending on the size and degree of complexity and can be performed with regional (epidural) or general anesthesia. The post-surgical recovery takes around 2 to 4 weeks, during which time the patient must follow the medical guidelines, periodically wander, avoid lifting too much the arms, excessive physical effort and sun exposure among others.
Any surgical intervention presents a controlled risk of complications inherent in the anesthetic act and the procedure as such. However, all the relevant measures are taken to prevent them from occurring. Among the possible complications, we find seroma (accumulation of fluid under the skin), hematoma, hypersensitivity, edema, infection, thrombus formation, and scarring problems.
“Finally, remember that your health is also up to you, always follow your doctor’s instructions and avoid activities that compromise you such as smoking, drinking or ingesting any type of hallucinogenic substances.”