Probably the biggest opportunity that Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery provides to women is breast reduction surgery. Women who have carried large and drooping breasts for a long time may experience back-neck pain, pitting and pain in the shoulders due to bra straps, postural disorders and hunching over time, skin irritation under the breasts, especially in hot seasons, and hygienic problems ranging from itching to fungal infection. Breast size often begins to appear in the teenage years of 16-19 years. Adolescent girls, who are now at the stage of getting to know their bodies, also have to deal with problems with the size of their breasts during this transitional phase. Considering all these problems, breast reduction surgeries offer individuals a much healthier life, both physically and mentally.
Breast reduction surgeries can be performed from the age of 17-18 when the breast completes its development. It is not highly recommended for people who are planning to give birth and therefore breastfeeding. However, if patients with very large breasts, which we call “juvenile breast hypertrophy”, are a matter of speech, these surgeries can still be performed with special techniques that can protect the milk ducts more.
Your Aesthetic and Plastic Surgeon determines the appropriate technique for you in your first examination and shares the results with you. Although the patients said with great boredom, “Please relieve me of this burden, doctor!” Even if they come, the size of the chest that the patient will have after the surgery and the bra size to be used are determined by taking into account the body structure.
On the day before the operation or on the day of the operation, drawings are made on your chest in accordance with the determined technique. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia and takes about three hours. In some cases, liposuction can also be applied to condition the underarm area. At the end of the operation, drains coming out of the armpit area are placed and the blood and fluid that can be collected in these areas are removed from the body.
Thanks to the techniques we have used, the nipple is brought to the point where it should be, and the sagging tissue of the chest is carried to the top, giving the chest a fuller appearance as if silicone is placed on it. In this way, patients not only get rid of the burden of the chest, but also gain an aesthetic breast structure.
After the process, there is a suture scar around your nipple, descending from your nipple to the under-breast groove and extending in the under-breast groove. This trace decreases over time and becomes indistinct. The size of the allowance varies for each patient. In patients who have a small amount of breast tissue removed, no suture marks are left in the under-breast groove, while in patients whose breast tissue is removed, a suture trace extending to the armpit may be left.
After the surgery, the patients are followed in the hospital for 1 or 2 days. Initially, there is numbness, especially in the chest, and it will partially return over time. It takes a few months for your breasts to take their final shape. During this period, it is appropriate to always wear a bra. You can start your daily activities after a day or two, but you need to defend yourself from the forceful movements of your arms and breasts.