How does mammaplasty surgery work?

When you come into Barix Clinics for a mammaplasty consultation, our team works closely with you to understand your condition and desired results before determining the ideal route to take. The two most common approaches to mammaplasty, which both use general anesthesia, are:

  • Traditional reduction. One incision is made around the areola, another is made vertically down the middle of the breast and a third incision is positioned horizontally beneath the breast and along the curve of the crease. Once the tissue, fat and skin are removed, the nipple and areola are raised.
  • Vertical mammaplasty, or “short scar” breast reduction. This newer technique is recommended for moderately large breasts rather than breasts of excessive size. Vertical mammaplasty involves incisions that circle the areola and extend down vertically, but do not horizontally cross under the breast. This procedure leaves significantly less scarring and a more natural breast shape.

What to expect from mammaplasty surgery

You will emerge from surgery with dressings applied to your incisions, and possibly temporary drainage tubes placed under the skin to collect blood or fluid. You should expect some leakage of tissue fluid for a few days.

A mammaplasty may initially result in breast soreness, bruising, swelling, tightness and discoloration. These side effects usually disappear within a few weeks. You may also experience temporary changes in nipple sensation, as well as infrequent shooting pains or tingling of the skin. Normal activities may be resumed in about two weeks.

The breasts will be firm after the procedure and will soften in time. Their shape and size will also evolve over the first few months, ultimately settling a bit lower and mirroring a more natural look. Scars, while permanent, are hidden by undergarments.

This surgery produces long-lasting results and may even decrease headaches and upper-extremity nerve issues. However, a mammaplasty will help with removing excess skin due to significant weight loss and allow you to achieve a more normal look.

Risks of mammaplasty surgery

Any surgery has its risks, and a mammaplasty is no different. Possible risks include bleeding, infection, uneven nipples and loss of tissue or nipples. Since milk ducts are removed as part of the operation, some women may also be unable to breastfeed. To avoid these issues, it is very important to have an experienced reconstructive surgeon performing your surgery.

Have questions? Contact us to schedule a consultation with a reconstructive surgeon.

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