The Cure for Sagging or Heavy Breasts
Are you suffering from neck and shoulder pain from your breasts? Have you undergone extensive weight loss leaving you ashamed of stretching and sagging? For many women large breasts are the envy for many women, but for some they can be quite a burden. Large overly sized breasts can cause extensive discomfort and pain to an individual which can further escalate a range of neck, back and shoulder issues. If you find yourself relating to this then you may need to consider a Breast Reduction/Lift.
Whether loosing weight through bariatric surgery (see range of procedures HERE) or through pure exercise, the result can often leave women ashamed and embarrassed of themselves after having gone through such a long journey to get to that stage. This weight loss causes extensive amounts of skin to be left stretched forming folds and rolls which sadly cannot be corrected with any amount of exercise or healthy eating. Despite being unsightly and embarrassing, these breasts can also leave you prone to a wide range of medical conditions including neck, shoulder and back pain, painful skin rashes, fungal infections, uncomfortable chaffing and poor posture.
Issues like these begin to affect the patients life one way or another, leading to further physiological issues that disrupt the patients enjoyment of life. Corrective surgery is intended to combat this with the Breast Lift/Reduction procedure which aims to reduce medical effects and restore femininity and self-esteem.
What to Expect form the Breast Reduction/Lift Procedure
Depending on your desired results there are a range of procedures that your surgeon will consider in order to achieve the best looking result. Variables that your surgeon will consider include your body shape, amount of tissue, type of tissue, age and desired results. Treatments used for a Breast Reduction/Lift include liposuction, surgical incisions or most commonly, both.
The traditional ‘Anchor’ Incision technique consists of cutting a section of the breast that is essentially a inverted ‘T’ section with the nipple being removed. The section is essentially removed of all excess fat and skin and sown into an anchor shape with the nipple sown in the middle (See Below). This is the most dramatic procedure which gives the most significant reduction in excess skin and fat, this procedure is commonly used by surgeons with patients who require large amounts of reduction and breast contouring. At the end of the procedure patients are left with 3 incisions/scars, with one running all the way around the areola, another from the areola down to the crease, and a final one running along the crease on the bottom of the breast.
The Verticle or ‘Lollipop’ Incision technique is best for those looking for a moderate reduction result, those considered by the surgeon have noticeable sagging. The lollipop is considered less invasive than the the anchor as it involves a lesser incision area and fewer scars. The result will consist of two scars, one in a circle around the areola and the other spanning vertically from the areola to the crease bellow the breast.
The Doughnut Incision technique is a lesser invasive procedure than the anchor or lollipop techniques and provides a smaller scale result while still providing a lift factor and reversal of areola stretching common in weight loss patients. The procedure involves cutting a circle around the areola to the desired final size, as well as a larger circle around that with the upper edge at a higher point. The space in between is removed and the two ends stitched together, due to the higher point of the outer circle the breast is given a lifting effect. Patients will be left with a single thin scar outlining the areola.
This procedure is completed in a certified hospital under a general anaesthetic, with the operation usually lasting around 2-3 hours. Patients can expect a hospital stay of around 2-3 days in order to make sure the patient is feeling healthy and well. Swelling, bruising and soreness will be present immediately after the surgery but will subside in the following 4-6 weeks. Patients should be given compression garments from the surgeon in order to assist in the healing process by increasing blood flow and preventing blood clotting. Patients will be able to return to work in the following 1-2 weeks but should avoid vigorous activities such as exercise for around 3 weeks.
If you identify with any of the above, breast reduction/lift surgery may be something for you to consider.
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