Are you planning to undergo breast reduction surgery? Curious to know how would be the experience? Wondering what factors you should consider to get the most out of the surgery? If your answer is yes, you have landed in the right place. We will share with you things that most breast reduction candidates do not know before surgery, but knowing these things could help them have realistic expectation from the surgery and recover well without developing any unwanted complications.
Here are 4 things that you did not know about breast reduction surgery:
Breast reduction serves two purposes:
Breast reduction will not only reduce the size and volume of your breasts by removing extra skin, glandular tissues and flab but will also make them look perkier and uplifted. Increased size and volume of breasts usually makes them look droopy and saggy, with the nipples automatically posing downward. However, once the extra flab will be removed, your breasts will automatically become round and firm, with nipples pointing outward. A better proportioned figured with firm, uplifted breasts will enhance your self-image as well as self-esteem.
Arrange someone to drive you home after surgery:
Breast reduction surgery is an outpatient procedure and if all goes well, you will be permitted to go home 3 to 4 hours after the surgery. However, it is a major surgery performed under general anesthesia and you will not be able to drive after the surgery. So it is important that you arrange someone to drive you home after the breast reduction surgery. Also take some smooth way home, as driving on a bumpy route would be really hurting for your freshly operated tender breasts. Furthermore, grab some small pillow to place under the seatbelt which goes across your chest area. This will help minimize the discomfort while you will be driving home from hospital after the surgery.
Never remove steri-strips at home:
Your breasts will be covered by different types of bandages after the surgery. The incisions will be covered by small tape bandages that are tightly adherent to the breast skin. These are called steri-strips. After steri-strips there will be a three-inch square piece of Telfa dressing followed by sterile gauze. You may remove gauze bandage and Telfa dressing on the second day following breast reduction surgery, but do not pull the steri-strips off your incision, as it may lead to wound disruption and bleeding from the incisions. Even if it begins to peel off from the edges, just clip the peeled off edges gently and carefully using a small pair of sterile scissors. These strips protect the incisions as they heal and your doctor will remove them at your three-week post-surgery follow up.
Massage, massage and massage
Massaging is the key to quick and uneventful healing. It will prevent formation of lumps in the breasts. However, be very gentle when massaging your breasts, keeping in mind that you have recently had them operated. Rubbing them harshly could lead to any unwanted incident such as bleeding or wound disruption. Your doctor will instruct you about the proper way to massage the breasts after surgery. Follow his or her instructions very closely.