While the breast augmentation remains the top plastic surgery in the world for many years now, breast reduction also became sort of a trend among women around the globe.
Breast size that is out of proportion to a woman's body build has an effect on the shoulders, neck, and back. Studies have shown that about one-half of the women with bra cup sizes D or larger who desire reduce their breast size are experiencing constant pain in the upper back, shoulders, neck and lower back.
Changing perspectives on feminine beauty and decreasing breast reduction surgery prices encourage many women to change the way they think about their breasts.
In this article, we do not want to argue whether it is better to have a breast lift or reduction. Instead, we want to point out the reasons causing women to decrease their breast size, the methods and the recovery tips after this process.
There is no simple answer as to why people decide to get a breast reduction. Some women do it for aesthetic reasons – they think that their breasts aren’t very attractive due to their size and shape. Others choose comfort; after all, smaller breasts mean freer moves and less weight to carry. Additionally, we couldn’t notice that the era when only large breasts were the ideal has long passed, and women feel beautiful and happy with different cup sizes. It should also be mentioned here that it is important to consider that breast reduction is not a tool for losing weight but, your breasts can still change in size and shape after surgery – for example, they may more decrease in size after weight loss and vice versa.
The choice of the operation method of one’s breast reduction surgery depends mostly on how radical the change will be. With large size differences in breast reduction, a keyhole incision will be applied – the nipple is moved upwards, and the excess skin and tissue are removed. However, if the size change is less significant, other breast reduction methods such as anchor, lollipop, or donut are applied. In them, the incision size is smaller, allowing for quicker recuperation. Generally, breast reduction surgery is performed by using surgical incisions on your breasts for removal of the excess fat, glandular tissue and skin. If your breast size is mostly due to fatty tissue and excess skin is not a consideration, it may be used liposuction alone in the breast reduction procedure.
The most appropriate method will be chosen by your surgeon’s expertise and decision, until then you may be informed by checking the reviews, pros and cons and recovery stories of each of them. There are many sources on the Internet, and in social media, especially celebrities more tend to share their experiences via Instagram to catch your attention.
Especially with smaller changes in size and by utilizing the breast reduction methods such as ‘donut’ it is possible to ensure that almost no scars will be visible. Moreover, even the keyhole incision in most of the cases doesn’t leave any breast reduction scars in the long term. Still, there is no guarantee regarding it – everything depends on your doctor’s skills and your behavior during the breast reduction recovery. Additionally, your skin tone may make the scars more visible. Your doctor may recommend to you apply a scar gel as soon as the incision is healed.
When it comes to breast reduction, a keyhole incision ensures the best breast lift effect since the nipple is moved upwards to a new position, giving a more perky, rejuvenated look to your breasts. Additionally, while it may seem counterintuitive, some women decide for a breast reduction with implants since they are afraid that their breasts will remain saggy even after losing much of their volume. In such cases, small implants may be planted to ensure the great shape of the patient’s new breasts.
As it is easy to predict, there is no possibility to undergo breast reduction while pregnant – anesthesia and drugs taken by you may affect the baby.
Additionally, after breast reduction, breastfeeding may become impossible for some women. Women who have had breast reduction surgery may have problems with milk supply. The removal part of the breast may include glandular tissue and channels that produce milk to the nipple during the procedure. Also, some of the nerves responsible for sensation and for the let-down reflex, which signals your brain to produce milk may also be interrupted during the breast reduction surgery.
Therefore, you should either accept the fact that you may be forced to feed your baby with formula or undergo the breast reduction surgery once your baby grows a little.
It should be a positive surprise to you that the breast reduction recovery is quite short. You will need a break maximally a week or two from work and other physical activities. Additionally, you may be asked to wear a sports bra or a special suppressive garment in order to avoid excessive swelling. The dressing covering the incisions will be removed within a week or so.
The whole recovery process lasts from two to six weeks! Quite short, isn’t it? As for breast reduction scars, they will fade within the first few months from the surgery. Scars are a normal side effect of breast reduction surgery. They can be made worse if you lift heavy objects too soon after surgery.
These are the significant breast reduction risks, and you need to call your surgeon immediately if you experience one of them:
• Inadequate healing of the nipple area
• Infection signs such as redness, tenderness or unusual swelling at the surgical site, or fever
• Any abnormal discharge from the incision site (including pus)
• Coming out of any of the stitches by itself before they are removed in due course.
As we have mentioned in the beginning, one of the factors behind the sudden popularity of breast reduction surgery is the affordability and availability of the procedure. Nothing shows it better than the example of Turkey. Not only the breast reduction prices in Turkey start at around € 2.250 and reach € 3.350 on average, but also the quality of the procedure itself is superb, and results are highly satisfying and not really different from the Western clinics. International teams of specialists in clinics of Istanbul, Ankara, Bursa, and other major cities know well the most popular breast reduction methods and have a lot of experience thanks to the steady stream of patients arriving here every year by choosing to be treated abroad.
Therefore, if you think about breast reduction surgery, do not hesitate to travel to Turkey. We are sure you won’t regret it.
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