About Breast Hypertrophy. Breast hypertrophy is a condition about the overdevelopment of breast tissue that makes a patient uncomfortable with the size of her breasts, has difficulty managing breasts due to the size, and may even encounter health problems.
Breast hypertrophy is surprisingly common and patients should not be ashamed to consult a doctor for. Many male patients suffer from gynecomastia, a condition that is characterized by the same symptoms, often to a lesser degree.
The symptoms of breast hypertrophy can result in emotional and well-being issues. Patients with larger than normal breasts often feel self conscious, a little embarrassed and face social anxiety. Oversized breasts can give the patient back pain, other muscle discomfort, and disrupt sleep patterns. Breast hypertrophy can interfere with a patient's day to day life.
Breast reduction is usually done under general anesthesia, although a less extensive procedure may be performed under local anesthesia. The goal of a breast reduction is to correct the effects of breast hypertrophy in men and women.
The surgeon will decide on the number of incisions based on the extent of the patient's condition and the prevalence of the breast tissue. Skin, fat and breast tissue will be removed to leave sufficient tissue and reshape the breast to a proper size. The aerola will remain connected to the mammary glands and will be carefully repositioned to retain function. The remaining breast tissue is carefully repositioned and the breast reshaped. Finally, the incisions are closed.
Patients should realize that mammary function may not necessarily be part of a breast reduction surgery.
Female patients should tell their surgeon if they plan to nurse or become pregnant. It is recommended that women who plan to nurse or become pregnant should postpone breast reduction until later.
Along with being healthy before surgery, recovery is a time that allows you to relax and get the best results. Our Palm Desert location is equipped with surgical recovery monitoring rooms where you are monitored until you are deemed stable and ready to be transported home.
A breast reduction is an outpatient procedure meaning you will return home within a few hours after your surgery. Due to the lingering effects of anesthesia, you cannot drive and should have a friend or family member drive you home. It would be helpful if you have someone on hand to help you for at least the first 24-hour period. It's a good idea to have someone on hand who can assist in moving around, preparing food and medications, and changing surgical dressings for a couple of weeks.
Breast recovery has a healthy rate of success and the majority of patients obtain final results that address all of their medical concerns and become aesthetically satisfied with the results.
Patients often return to work within three weeks as long as the job is not physically strenuous. You may experience swelling and bruising and you may need to wear compression garments. Surgical wounds can endure for as long as four months or longer. Regular follow-up appointments with an attending physician will ensure that you are healing properly and any complications are dealt with quickly.
During a consultation, the physician will outline the procedures for preparation and recovery in detail and you will be responsible for being in the best health before surgery in order to get the best results possible.
Contact our top breast reduction specialists Dr. Nathaniel Villanueva or Dr. Ritu Chopra to get a consultation for one of the best breast reduction surgery Rancho Mirage has to offer. Schedule a consultation online or by calling 760.568.2211.
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