What Are The Alternatives To Breast Reduction?
Patients who would like to reduce the size or change the shape of their breasts, usually opt for a breast reduction surgery. It is also effective for patient who want to restore their breast size after pregnancy or any traumatic accident.
However, other options available to achieve similar results, include both non-surgical procedures such as breast reduction pills and weight loss, as well as other surgical procedures such as liposuction.
This surgery can be used to remove excessive fat from the breasts, which is relatively less invasive than an augmentation mammoplasty, and also involves a faster recovery time. However, since a liposuction does not remove the excess tissues or skin from the breasts and only the fat, the result could be loose/saggy breasts and a less permanent solution.
In this procedure, fat from one part of the body is injected to the breasts to expand. The procedure is ideal who are uncomfortable with saline or silicone implants.
Diet and Exercise
If an individual wants to avoid surgery altogether, she can lose weight through diet and exercise, which might help in reducing the size of the breasts. Exercise of the pectoral muscles can increase them. However, this is a long process which does not promise any sure shot results.
Breast reduction pills, which claim to reduce the fatty cells in the breasts, thus reducing them in size, can also be considered. Such creams and foods also exist. However, these may not be genuine and may involve serious side effects.
Does Breast Reduction Lead To Scarring?
Scars can last for several months and can be lumpy. They eventually fade over the next few months. Incisions are usually made in discreet locations to enable patients to wear low cut blouses and bikini tops. Liposuction has the least chances for scar formation, versus the traditional anchor procedures, which can cause extensive scars. Following post op instructions and watching out for infections helps reduce scars over time and decrease healing time.
What Are the Temporary Side-effects Of Breast Reduction?
The most commonly encountered complications include:
Bruising - This should resolve on its own within a few days or 2 weeks.
Swelling - This should not be alarming, and any swelling will gradually subside after application of ice packs.
Discomfort - Consult your doctor regarding any discomfort lasting over 2 weeks. Stiffness or pain while lifting arms or in the breasts is manageable with analgesics, a feeling or sound of any grating should be brought to the notice of surgeon.
Temporary Numbness - There may be diminished sensations, especially around the nipples. This generally lasts for a month, but may fade at least partially over time. Any lack of sensations should be reported to your doctor so that you may be advised accordingly.
How To Choose A Surgeon For Breast Reduction?
It is important to choose a surgeon who keeps you well-informed throughout the process, from presenting you with alternative options during consultations, to ensuring you take proper postoperative care.
Better results are obtained if the procedure is combined with a breast lift. Your surgeon should skilled enough to be able to perform both procedures. A good judge of this fact would be to ask for before-and-after-pictures of the patients’ of the doctor, as well as refer to different patient forums to get feedback on their experiences.