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Breast Reduction

Breast reduction surgeries are surgeries intended to reduce the volume of the breasts, smooth the shape of the breast, ensure breast symmetry, and preserve nipple sensitivity. Therefore, it is one of the most sophisticated surgeries in the discipline of plastic surgery .

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Who can undergo breast reduction surgery?

Breast reduction surgeries can be performed not only for cosmetic reasons, but also for medical reasons. It can cause disproportionately large breasts, skin rashes, back/neck pain, hernias, and postural disorders. Patients with these complaints or women who are cosmetically uncomfortable with the size of their breasts may undergo breast reduction surgery. It is preferred to perform these surgeries after the age of 18. However, in cases where the breasts grow excessively and rapidly after puberty and cause physical, social and psychological problems, it can be done at a younger age with the approval of the family and, in some cases, of psychiatrists. .

How does smoking affect breast reduction surgery?

Since these surgeries are bulk reduction surgeries, they also reduce the blood supply of the breast directly at first. Since smoking negatively affects blood circulation, this surgery is not preferred in smokers. Smoking should be stopped at least 2-3 weeks before surgery, and smoking should be stopped for 3-4 weeks after surgery .

How does the process continue in breast reduction surgeries?

Breast reduction surgeries require serious planning prior to surgery. By evaluating the patient's mammogram or other images, if any, it is verified that there is no obstacle to surgery. Taking into account criteria such as breast size and nipple level, the appropriate method is selected for the patient and drawings are made accordingly. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia and lasts an average of 2.5-3.5 hours. Patients are discharged within 24-48 hours after surgery. Bathing is allowed after discharge. Within 3-5 days, the patient will be able to do their daily work. Most return to work after the first week. From the 4th week, the patient returns to his normal life completely.

Will there be scars after the operation?

Scarless breast reduction surgery is not possible. However, all traces are designed to stay under the bikini. A single scar remains that extends from around the nipple to the inframammary fold or an "inverted T-shaped" scar that continues into the inframammary fold . Scar visibility can be minimized with careful surgery and other scar removal methods.

How are pregnancy and the puerperium affected by this surgery?

All the changes that a normal breast undergoes during pregnancy are also seen in shrunken breasts. One of the most frequently asked questions is how breastfeeding will be affected. Breast reduction surgeries reduce the number of milk ducts. However, the vast majority of patients are able to secrete enough milk for their babies and breastfeed their babies.

Will my breasts grow back after surgery?

Since the breasts will remain a part of the body after surgery, they are also affected by all the changes in the body. So when they gain weight, they also gain weight. However, body weight control after surgery will help maintain the shape and size of the breasts .

Does breast reduction surgery cause breast cancer?

Breast reduction surgery does not cause breast cancer or increase the risk of breast cancer. On the contrary, it reduces the risk of developing breast cancer since it reduces the amount of breast tissue.