Breast Reduction Surgery Requirements

It is important to be aware of both the positive and negative aspects of the surgery before undergoing breast reduction surgery. There are certain requirements of breast reduction surgery that the candidate should be aware of.

Minimum Requirements of Breast Reduction Surgery

  • The perfect candidate to undergo breast reduction surgery is the one who has the outsized breasts that bother the patient with back pain or additional health related problems.

  • If you smoke or drink then give up the same two weeks prior to the surgery.

  • If you are taking any other medicines then consult with the health care provider to know if it is safe to take.

  • Make a to-do- list both before and after the surgery period.

  • Enquire if the surgery is covered by insurance providers as the treatment is quite expensive. (The surgery costs around $5,000 to $10,000)

  • Consult with a qualified plastic surgeon to know whether you are eligible to undergo the surgery or not and the possible risks.

  • Gain enough knowledge about the surgery, cost, its process, advantages, disadvantages and side-effects.

Preparation for Breast Reduction Surgery

The preparation for breast reduction surgery varies from individual to individual. But, the following guidelines will definitely help the patient to have adequate preparation ahead of breast reduction surgery.

  • Ask your husband or someone of your family to drive you to and from the hospital prior to and after the day of surgery since you would not be in a state of mind and feel sleepy due to anesthesia respectively.  The effect of the anesthesia will last up to 48 hours and you are advised against operating machineries. And most importantly, you should avoid taking stressful decisions at that time.

  • Line up someone to help you doing the household works like cooking, shopping or other usual tasks for few days following the surgery.

  • Keep the foods, rich in vitamins, minerals and protein, in store to expedite the healing process.

  • Keep ready daily utilities such as bathroom toiletries, kitchen utensils, tins, bottles etc. at hip or eye level so that you will not face problems in getting them easily in your hand.

  • Arrange something baggy and comfortable to wear during those periods.

  • A day prior to your surgery, pack the things that you want to bring to the hospital.

  • Take your meals six hours before the surgery.

Process of Breast Reduction Surgery:

The breast reduction surgery is carried out under common anesthesia. Usually, you could be treated as an outpatient, but in some rare cases the patient needs to stay in the hospital. The techniques of surgery differ from one surgeon to another and it also depends on the requirements of the patient.  However in general, a cut is made from the lower crease of the breast, above the nipple in a circle, to the crease of another side of the breast.  The shape of the incision is similar to that of an upturned keyhole.

As part of the surgery, additional skin, fat and tissues are removed from the breast. The nipple and areola are moved up as they remain connected with the nerves during the surgery. The skin on both the sides of the breast is moved up and then towards the center to make a new contour and the skin is sewed up together.  The maximum duration of the surgery is around one to three hours for each breast.