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Can a breast reduction procedure kill you?

Can a breast reduction procedure kill you?

Very Safe: Risks: infection, bleeding, seroma, hematoma, wound healing problems, abnormal scarring, loss of sensation, inability to breast-feed, breast asymmetry, necrosis of tissue or skin, unsatisfactory cosmetic results, unpredictability of exact cup size, recurrence of the breast hypertrophy, the potential for further surgery, venous thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, pneumonia and death (very rare). ...Read more

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Dr. Tom Pousti
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Breast Reduction Surgery (Definition)

Reducing breast tissue mass and elevating the breasts on the chest wall tend to improve or alleviate many of the symptoms associated with disproportionately large breasts. It tends to be one of the most patient pleasing ...Read more


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What is a breast reduction procedure like?

What is a breast reduction procedure like?

High Satisfaction: The most satisfying procedure plastic surgeons offer nationwide is breast reduction. If your bust is so large that it causes functional problems, reduction will invariably please you. The only takeaway of reduction is that a scar is necessary on the breast. The type of scar depends on the breast shape and size. ...Read more

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Who should consider a breast reduction procedure?

Who should consider a breast reduction procedure?

Heavy breast symptom: Almost all breast reductions are done for symptoms caused by heavy large breasts: upper back and neck pain, shoulder grooving from the bra straps, and repeated fungal infections in the folds under the breasts. This is generally not a cosmetic procedure, because of the scarring it leaves. Sometimes, it is covered by medical insurance. ...Read more

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Can a women have a breast reduction procedure and body liposuction done together?

Can a women have a breast reduction procedure and  body liposuction done together?

Yes: The two procedures can be performed at the same operation, however, this will increase anesthesia time and will increase overall discomfort after surgery. You will want to discuss with your surgeon if she or he feels it may be safest to stay overnight in the hospital following the procedure. ...Read more

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How painful is a breast reduction procedure?

Not very painful: Most of the breast reduction patients I have treated describe chest wall soreness postop, kind of like having done too many pushups. The pain from this procedure should be easily controllable with medications such as vicodin and should only last for 3-7 days. ...Read more

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How longt does it take to schedule a breast reduction procedure?

How longt does it take to schedule a breast reduction procedure?

Depends: This depends upon the surgeon's schedule and whether or not you need any preparatory work such as medical clearance from your doctor. It can also depend on the surgery center schedule. In my practice this can take a few weeks at times. ...Read more

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How old does one have to be to have a breast reduction procedure?

How old does one have to be to have a breast reduction procedure?

No specific age: The youngest breast reduction patient I have treated was 15. She had so much neck pain that her pediatrician had obtained an mri, concerned that her symptoms were caused by a ruptured cervical disc. In fact, they were from the weight of her huge breasts. This, however, is unusual. Most breast reduction patients are in their mid 20s at the youngest. ...Read more

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Will you experience loss of sensation in a breast reduction procedure?

It is possible: Any surgery can lead to temporary loss of sensation but most commonly there is complete return to normal although it may take months or even years. With breast reduction the vast majority of patients will have some temporary numbness but the majority will also regain full sensation within 2 years. ...Read more

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Can a breast reduction procedure remove only fat and not milk ducts?

Maybe...: Depending on the technique used, there may be enough breast tissue left (that produces milk), as well as intact breast ducts and the nipple, such that nursing will be possible. This is what i tell my breast reduction patients: that they may be able to nurse after a reduction, but i cannot guarantee it. ...Read more

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Can you get a breast reduction procedure which removes only fat and not milk ducts?

Can you get a breast reduction procedure which removes only fat and not milk ducts?

Yes: Liposuction can remove only fat from a breast and nothing else. However, not everyone is a candidate for liposuction reduction. While breasts feel fatty, they may be mostly glandular tissue which doesn't suction; this is more true in younger women. Also ls doesn't tighten tissue so fold irritation can continue. Many woman can breast feed after regular reduction if the nipples are left attached. ...Read more

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Is there a breast reduction procedure which removes only the fatty tissue and not milk ducts?

Is there a breast reduction procedure which removes only the fatty tissue  and not milk ducts?

No: Breast reduction surgery generally involves removal of “excess” breast skin, adipose tissue, and breast tissue. Undoubtedly, within this breast tissue will be some milk ducts. However, most techniques today preserve a "pedicle" of breast tissue below the nipple/areola complexes; most patients are able to breast-feed after breast reduction surgery. I hope this answers your question. ...Read more

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Can a woman go through a breast reduction procedure and lower body liposuction at the same time?

Can a woman go through a breast reduction procedure and lower body liposuction at the same time?

Yes: You should be able to go through both procedures unless the doctor feels you are a health risk. However keep in mind that there is a slight increase in risk with each additional surgical procedure. ...Read more

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What is the minimum age requirement for breast reduction procedure?

What is the minimum age requirement for breast reduction procedure?

Minimum age is 16: With parent's permission, age 16 is the youngest i would suggest for a breast reduction. By then, breast size may have peaked and social and physical issues may be a very big issue for young women with oversized breasts. Many younger patients have this procedure before going off to college. The biggest lament women have after this procedure is that they wish they had done it sooner. All the best! ...Read more

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How can pills reduce dramatically to reduce couple sizes off your breasts instead of breast reduction procedure?

How can pills reduce dramatically to reduce couple sizes off your breasts instead of breast reduction procedure?

Not.: There are no safe and/or effective nonsurgical means of breast reduction. There are however many creams, pills, and heavily marketed “technologies” that will tried to persuade women otherwise. Be careful that you do not waste your time and/or resources. On other hand, breast reduction surgery for the appropriately selected patient, tends to be one of the most patient pleasing operations we do. ...Read more

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Would a breast reduction help or should I forget about working any more I have scoloisis, ibs, and big boobs back pain all my life i can not sweep a floor without my back killing me , the doctors told me when i was a child that i wouldnt be able to carey

Would a breast reduction help or should I forget about working any more I have scoloisis, ibs, and big boobs back pain all my life  i can not sweep a floor without my back killing me , the doctors told me when i was a child that i wouldnt be able to carey

Maybe: Breast reduction can help upper back and neck pain that is made worse by heavy breasts. It may not affect your sclerosis at all. But physical therapy and exercise can support a arching back and and help the back pain. Good bone health is also i portent and a bone density reading may show signs of bone loss. Age 40 is jot to early to see this. ...Read more

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What do you advise if i had a breast reduction and tomorrow i get the stitches out! has anybody had the procedure and can tell me what to expect?

Speak to your doctor: I recommend you speak with your doctor when you see him/her. Most breast reductions are performed with sutures that are beneath the skin and do not need to be removed because they dissolve. You can also take pain medication prior to your appointment--do not drive to your appointment if it is a prescription strength pain medication. ...Read more

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Would a breast reduction improve my posture? I've only heard positive things about breast reduction surgery, but i'm nervous about any surgery. I'm trying to decide if it would be worth having the procedure for back pain and long-term improvements in my p

Possibly.: An “ideal” patient for breast reduction surgery is one who presents with relatively large breasts in proportion to the remainder of her torso. These patients often present with neck, back, shoulder discomfort, bra strap grooving, postural changes, and occasionally with rashes/infections. This operation tends to be one of the most patient pleasing operations we perform. ...Read more

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I had cancer & had breast reduction during procedure. There is collegian build up under breast. What is the best way to get rid of collegian?

I had cancer & had breast reduction during procedure.  There is collegian build up under breast.  What is the best way to get rid of collegian?

Scar Tissue is...: ...An inevitable and expected outcome after every operation. Your oncoplastic procedure likely "rearranged" the breast tissue, creating scarring in the area of the lumpectomy and below the areola, along the "inverted t". If you had radiation therapy, this will increase the scarring further. Best bet: ask your surgeon--depending on the timing, breast massage may help. ...Read more

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I am going to get a breast reduction and would like to makemy belly smaller at the same time. Is just getting a panniculectomy done better for this type of procedure?

I am going to get a breast reduction and would like to makemy belly smaller at the same time. Is just getting a panniculectomy done better for this type of procedure?

Depends: During abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) excess fat/skin is removed and abdominal wall muscles may be tightened. Panniculectomy only removes excess fat/skin bellow the level of umbilicus and the abdominal muscles are not tightened. Therefore decision between these procedures is based on what is the goal of the operation. ...Read more

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