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How will I feel emotionally after a breast reduction?

How will I feel emotionally after a breast reduction?

:) : (: Your response to a breast reduction can be elation, depression, excitement, disappointment, self-confidence, security, relief, pain, and a whole host of other emotional ups and downs. It really depends on your expectations as well as your emotional state prior to surgery as well as your support systems. ...Read more

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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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How will it feel before and after a breast reduction?

How will it feel before and after a breast reduction?

Different: Honestly you know how it feels before, you will be sore for several weeks afterward, but that will fade. Assuming no problems, and generally there aren't, whatever drove you to consider it should be better, such as back pain, ect. ...Read more

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Are your breasts more susceptible to injury after a breast reduction?

Are your breasts more susceptible to injury after a breast reduction?

No: Once the wounds have healed, the breast will be as susceptible to injury as a non-operated breast. ...Read more

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How long after a breast reduction is it okay to drink?

How long after a breast reduction is it okay to drink?

Postop Drinking: If you are referring to drinking alcohol after breast reduction surgery, or any surgery, there are many factors to consider.
1. Don't drink alcohol while you are taking prescription pain medications. The combination could be dangerous.
3. Don't drink alcohol to excess for the first 2-4 weeks after surgery. There is the possibility you could fall or hurt yourself and/or your surgical site. ...Read more

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What can I use for the itching after a breast reduction?

What can I use for the itching after a breast reduction?

Ask Surgeon.: Always best to run these types of questions by your plastic surgeon. He/she will know exactly what you are experiencing (for example if you are experiencing an allergic reaction or not). He/she will also know of your allergies and what medications can be used safely. Remember that he/she is ultimately responsible for your care. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How long after a breast reduction does swelling go away?

How long after a breast reduction does swelling go away?

Swelling BR: Discomfort, swelling and discoloration of the breasts are expected for several weeks. Usually, our patients return to most normal activity within two weeks. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time after a breast reduction surgery?

What is the recovery time after a breast reduction surgery?

It is staged: Many people spend one night in the hospital after surgery. They usually feel pretty good in a couple of days. Drains if your doctor uses them come out in 5to7 days. Many people are back to work in a week or two. Full physical activity is usually in about 6 weeks. ...Read more

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How long after a breast reduction is it okay to drink again?

How long after a breast reduction is it okay to drink again?

Drink What?: Patients are able to drink fluids once fully awake after breast reduction surgery. Alcohol, on the other hand, should wait until patients are off of all perioperative medications used for pain control. ...Read more

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When does most of the swelling go down after a breast reduction?

When does most of the swelling go down after a breast reduction?

Breast Reduction: The major swelling secondary to brest reduction surgery usually settles within the first month but the breasts continue to settle as the scars settle over the next 5-6 months. If patients have had liposuction of the axillary area along with the breast surgery then further adjustment occurs within the first 3 months. ...Read more

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How long after a breast reduction can one walk around and travel?

How long after a breast reduction can one walk around and travel?

Varies.: You will likely be walking within 24 hours after your procedure is performed. However, traveling will depend on exactly what is involved. Your plastic surgeon will be your best resource when it comes to returning to specific activities and advising you about traveling. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How long after a breast reduction can I walk around and travel far?

How long after a breast reduction can I walk around and travel far?

Soon: You can and should be up and walking within a few hours of surgery. You can leave town and travel after you've recovered and been released by your md (usually 4-6 wks) contact plastic surgeons who are certified by the american board of plastic surgery (www. Abplsurg. Org) for your specific needs. ...Read more

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Should I wait before doing sexual activities after a breast reduction?

Should I wait before doing sexual activities after a breast reduction?

Better to wait: Wait until your doctor says it is ok. You need to let things heal at least before any breast play. :). ...Read more

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How long after a breast reduction does it take before the swelling goes down?

How long after a breast reduction does it take before the swelling goes down?

2 Months: Generally, the majority of swelling after breast reduction surgery dissipates within the first two months after the procedure. However, the breasts continue to “take shape” and change over the course of the first year. ...Read more

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How long until I can return to normal activity after a breast reduction? How long will I have to stay in bed following breast reduction? When can I resume normal activity? .

How long until I can return to normal activity after a breast reduction? How long will I have to stay in bed following breast reduction? When can I resume normal activity? .

It: It is best that you not stay in bed after breast reduction surgery unless you are sleeping. You will have some activity restrictions as you heal and won't be back to full activity for about 6 weeks but your plastic surgeon will be you best guide.
Dr edwards. ...Read more

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Are there obvious scars after a breast reduction?

Are there obvious scars after a breast reduction?

Yes: Breast reduction scars always encircle the areola. There is usually a vertical scar extending from the areola down to the breast fold. There may also be a horizontal scar in the fold that is usually hidden under the breast. ...Read more

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How noticeable are scars after a breast reduction?

How noticeable are scars after a breast reduction?

Different techniques: There are many different techniques which are popularly known as the crescent, donut, lollipop and anchor in order of increasing scarring. The appearance of the scars is the result of the technique used, the surgeon's skills and the individual's response to the injury and natural healing tendencies. Each of these 3 factors can play a major role in the result and noticeability of the scars. See fig. ...Read more

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Is it okay that my nipple is inward after a breast reduction?

Is it okay that my nipple is inward after a breast reduction?

Follow up with doc: Most likely a temporary inconvenience. This should improve as edema resolves and the breast tissue resolved. Following up with your surgeon is the best way to be sure. ...Read more

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Would a woman loose sensitivity after a breast reduction surgery?

Would a woman loose sensitivity after a breast reduction surgery?

Possibly: With a breast reduction surgery there is a chance that the nerves around the nipple can suffer some trauma that can cause either a temporary or even permanent loss of sensation (numbness). Only time will tell whether this is permanent or not. ...Read more

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How long should I wait to be sexually active after a breast reduction?

How long should I wait to be sexually active after a breast reduction?

2 weeks: Length of time is as variable as the individual patients having breast reduction. With average cases, resumption of reasonable sexual activity will be able to start within two weeks. ...Read more

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How long does internal scarring lasts after a breast reduction surgery?

How long does internal scarring lasts after a breast reduction surgery?

Scarring: That depends. Everyone heals differently and some people may be prone to keloid scarring, which may not resolve over time. ...Read more

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Where are the scars located after a breast reduction? How much scarring is there from a breast reduction, and where are the scars usually located? .

Scars: In my practice the short scar vertical reduction is a lollipop scar around the areola and straight down and usually heals very well w a faint straight line scar. ...Read more

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How long should you stop playing tennis after a breast reduction surgery?

6 weeks: It takes 6 weeks for the incisions to heal to full strength. ...Read more

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Will I still have feeling in my nipples after a breast reduction? My doctor told me he would relocate my nipple when he performs my breast reduction. Does this mean I will have reduced feeling in my nipple? Will I have any feeling in it at all? .

Will I still have feeling in my nipples after a breast reduction? My doctor told me he would relocate my nipple when he performs my breast reduction. Does this mean I will have reduced feeling in my nipple? Will I have any feeling in it at all? .

Breast: Breast reduction surgery involves removal of excessive breast tissue and skin, and reshaping of the remaining breast tissue to a cosmetically appealing shape, size, and position. The typical breast reduction reduces the diameter of the areola but leaves your nipple and areola still attached to the underlying breast tissue, so that the nipple continues to receive its blood flow and sensation through your normal breast tissue. The nipple will be in a higher, more appealing position on the breast as the breast tissue is lifted and reshaped. Following a typical breast reduction, approximately 15-20% of women will experience some reduction in nipple sensation as a result of the surgery. The remaining 80-85% of women will experience normal or even increased nipple sensation.

In women who have extraordinarily large and long breasts, there is an increased risk that their nipples will not maintain good blood flow using the standard breast reduction techniques. For these women, a free nipple graft may be the best option. This technique actually removes the nipple and replaces it in an appropriate position on the reshaped, repositioned breast. When a free nipple graft is performed, the sensation to the nipple is always either reduced or lost. Occasionally, some sensation may return over time as the nerves grow into the graft. The free nipple graft technique will eliminate your ability to breast feed in the future, as it divides the ducts that bring milk to the nipple.

Discuss with your board certified plastic surgeon which technique he/she feels is most appropriate for you.

All the best,
dr. Skourtis. ...Read more

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Will I experience depression after a breast reduction? I have clinical depression, and I'm taking two anti-depressants (celexa and wellbutrin). I would like to have a breast reduction, but have heard that depression is common after the surgery. How likely

Will I experience depression after a breast reduction? I have clinical depression, and I'm taking two anti-depressants (celexa and wellbutrin). I would like to have a breast reduction, but have heard that depression is common after the surgery. How likely

Maybe: It sounds like you already experience depression, so that won't likely change after surgery. However, some women do feel a little "let down" after plastic surgery, during the healing process. It's good that you recognize that, as you'll be able to discuss it with your surgeon and be aware of the signs. ...Read more

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How is a breast reduction done?

How is a breast reduction done?

Removal Tissue: Variety of techniques exist but essentially comes down to removal of excess breast, adipose tissue, and skin. Important to preserve enough tissue to maintain blood flow to nipple/areola complexes and surrounding tissues. This operation also serves to raise the position of the breasts on the chest wall. It tends to be a very patient pleasing operation. ...Read more