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Frequently asked questions about breast reduction surgery

If you are considering undergoing breast reduction surgery, we understand that many questions may arise about the procedure, the results and the recovery process. For this reason, Blooming Plastic Surgery has posted a frequently asked questions section about breast reductions on our website. We encourage you to review these questions before scheduling a consultation with us. This will help you better understand the procedure and ask targeted questions during your appointment with us. Our mission is to ensure that you receive the best possible care and that you feel comfortable with your decision to undergo breast reduction surgery. Please feel free to contact us if you have further questions or would like more information about this treatment.

In this section, you can find answers to common questions about breast reduction:

There is a chance that your sensation of and around the nipples may change. This risk will be discussed with you by the plastic surgeon prior to the procedure. Sensation changes are often related to the nipple that needs to be repositioned. The greater the distance, the sooner sensation changes or complications occur. Sensation in the skin around scars will also decrease or change.

Whether it is still possible to breastfeed after breast reduction depends on the mammary glands. This is because if a lot of mammary gland tissue has been removed or mammary glands have been damaged, breastfeeding becomes more difficult.

It is possible for a breast to grow in size after a breast reduction. Whether the breast will grow again depends on a number of factors. First, when you gain weight, the breast also grows in size because it is largely made up of fat. Also, your hormone levels affect the size of your breasts. Young women are more likely to grow breasts after a breast reduction.

After the breast reduction, the wounds are covered with plasters and, in some cases, you are given a tight bandage around the breast. The next day this bandage is replaced by a sports bra. For the first two weeks you must wear this bra day and night. The following two weeks you will only wear this bra during the day. Read more about aftercare after a breast reduction.

It is possible to achieve any cup size with breast reduction surgery. During the first consultation, the plastic surgeon will check with you what size and shape best suits your body. Keep in mind that the plastic surgeon cannot guarantee the final cup size. The size depends largely on the base width of the breast.

After a breast reduction, scars always remain visible. In most cases, the scars run around the areola and down from the nipple and then into the breast fold This is the so-called anchor shape. It depends on the healing process how long the scars remain visible. At first the scars are red and fiery in color, but this disappears over time, after which they take on more the color of your skin. After about a year, the scars are barely noticeable.

After surgery, you will stay overnight in the hospital to recover from the procedure. After 24 hours you may return home. During the operation, the plastic surgeon places drains to drain the wound fluid and any blood. Before you go home, the drains will be removed. Sometimes the drains have to stay in place for a longer period of time. In that case, you will return after the operation to have them removed.

Take it easy for the first two weeks after surgery. Also make sure that you have someone to support you in your daily activities during the first week. From the second week after the breast reduction you can resume light activities, but do not bend or lift while doing so. From the sixth week after the operation you can return to heavier physical work and more intensive sports.

If you have any other questions about breast reduction surgery, please feel free to contact Blooming Plastic Surgery. Our knowledgeable surgeons and staff are here to answer all your questions and help you make an informed decision about your treatment.

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