Breast reduction is a procedure that many women plan for and dream about for years. Daniel Laughlin, MD, at Laughlin Plastic Surgery in Annapolis, Maryland, has helped hundreds of women find relief from heavy breasts through breast reduction surgery. If you’ve been thinking of pursuing this surgical option but aren’t sure where to begin, schedule a consultation online or by phone today to learn more.
The decision to pursue breast reduction, also called reduction mammoplasty, is a deeply personal one. For many women, years of living with large, heavy breasts has taken a toll on their bodies and their self-confidence. Breast reduction can be an incredibly freeing experience.
Some of the reasons to consider breast reduction include:
There’s no wrong reason to pursue breast reduction surgery. If you find large breasts to be uncomfortable or aesthetically displeasing, reduction can help you move closer to your body contouring goals.
You’ll be sedated throughout the procedure to allow you to rest comfortably and keep you from moving as Dr. Laughlin works. He begins by making incisions around your areola and down to the base of your breast to gain access to your breast tissue. Another approach requires just a circular incision around your areola.
Dr. Laughlin then removes a portion of the fat, tissue, and skin in your breasts to achieve a more streamlined shape and volume. It’s common for the nipple to be resized and repositioned during breast reduction to create better balance with your newly shaped breasts.
Once Dr. Laughlin is pleased with the size and shape of your breasts, he closes the incisions and places a bandage over the area. You’ll be moved to a recovery room and closely monitored as the effects of anesthesia wear off.
The most important thing you can do to ease your recovery process is to follow Dr. Laughlin’s post-operative instructions closely.
You’ll also need to change your bandages and wear a special compression bra in the days and weeks after your procedure. Be alert for any signs of infection, including redness, swelling, or unusual drainage from the incision area.
If you’re a smoker, make an effort to quit the habit prior to your procedure. Smoking damages your circulatory system and gets in the way of your innate healing abilities. Quitting, even in the weeks before your surgery, can help your body heal faster and more effectively.
To learn more about breast reduction and how it can help you feel more comfortable and confident in your own skin, schedule a consultation online or by phone today.