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Does reduction mammaplasty hurt?

Does reduction mammaplasty hurt?

Yes: Every surgery is going have some pain during the recovery period. There is no muscle involved with the surgery so it is usually very well tolerated and most women have some relief after the strain of the weight of their breasts is gone. ...Read more

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Dr. Minas Chrysopoulo
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Breast Reconstruction (Definition)

Breasts can be reconstructed using implants or a patients own tissue. If you use your own tissue either a flap (attached to the body) or free fat can be transfered to the breast. Using your own tissue requires a donor site on your body. Implants can be used to replace the lost breast tissue. The implant is placed under the breast muscle. Nipples and areola ...Read more


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Are women happy with results of reduction mammaplasty?

Are women happy with results of reduction mammaplasty?

Almost always...: These are among the happiest patients a plastic surgeon will have. Breast reduction is usually done for problems such as neck and back pain, shoulder grooving, and rashes under the breasts. These patients are generally so happy to have the weight removed that they do not mind the scars that result from these operations. ...Read more

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Can women breast feed after having a mammaplasty(breast reduction) done?

Can women breast feed after having a mammaplasty(breast reduction) done?

Some can: 2 issues here: quality and quantity. Many women lose the ability to breast feed completely after breast reduction surgery. Some are able to produce breast milk but not in sufficient quantities. Others are able to produce sufficient amounts of milk but the quality is different compared to before. Bottom line: you must accept the risk of not being able to breast feed after breast reduction surgery. ...Read more

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When should you consider breast reconstruction?

As soon as possible: I understand that receiving a breast cancer diagnosis is very difficult. That being said, as soon as you speak to your breast cancer surgeon, you should always inquire about the options for reconstruction, even if you are having breast conserving surgery. You may consider to have a procedure to match your other breast to the affected side. ...Read more

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When should someone have breast reconstruction?

When should someone have breast reconstruction?

Depends: Breast reconstruction is most commonly performed after mastectomy or lumpectomy for breast cancer. For years, delayed reconstruction was the norm. That meant women underwent their mastectomy, recovered, and then came back months or years later for reconstruction. Today, we are seeing more and more immediate reconstructions, this is when women have their reconstruction at the initial operation. ...Read more

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What are the known risks of breast reconstruction?

What are the known risks of breast reconstruction?

Depends on Method: The two types of reconstruction are "flap" procedures, where tissue is transferred from the abdomen or back to the chest, or implants. Both have low risks of bleeding, infection, fluid build-up, etc. The flap procedure runs the small risk of failure; the implants can cause hardening around the capsule or even rupture. In general, these are low-risk procedures in healthy women. ...Read more

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What are pros and cons for breast reconstruction.?

What are pros and cons for breast reconstruction.?

For cancer or want?: Presuming for cancer: PROS: Improved body image, better fit for clothing, sense of "wholeness," giving symmetry to chest, psychological improvement, reducing grief over loss of "womanhood," and control over your treatment. CONS: Extensive surgery which may affect other areas, sometimes several surgeries, risk of complications, asymmetry, infection, unhappiness with results, cost. Good luck! ...Read more

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Why might I need breast reconstruction surgery?

Why might I need breast reconstruction surgery?

To Rebuild a Breast: Breast reconstruction is the rebuilding of a breast, usually after surgery for breast cancer (mastectomy or lumpectomy), or surgery to prevent breast cancer ("prophylactic mastectomy"). Non-cancer related reasons to need breast reconstruction include congenital breast absence (eg poland's syndrome), and to reconstruct after mastectomy performed for severe infection or tumors like phyllodes. ...Read more

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What happens in a breast reconstruction surgery?

What happens in a breast reconstruction surgery?

Depends: Breast reconstruction performed with a tissue expander results in a device placed beneath the skin and muscle which gradually is filled with saline after your surgery. Each fill results in the skin stretching more and more to accommodate a permanent implant which would be placed at a second surgery. A nipple would be reconstructed at a third procedure. ...Read more

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Should I consider breast reconstruction after masectomy?

Should I consider breast reconstruction after masectomy?

Personal choice: Breast reconstruction isn't for everyone but it certainly offers several benefits. The most significant benefit is not having to experience living without a breast. Reconstruction can be performed at the same time as the mastectomy ("immediate reconstruction"), or any time after ("delayed reconstruction"). There are many reconstructive options ranging from breast implants to using your own tissue. ...Read more

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