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Key Hole Breast Reduction

Disproportionately large breasts can occur during puberty and later during pregnancy. In both these circumstances, the large droopy breasts cause much discomfort because of the heaviness and the embarrassing appearance. It can also lead to back pain and difficulty in getting a proper bra. All these are common reasons for affected women to seek a breast reduction.

Breast Reduction Surgery

has evolved over the last few decades to become a safe surgery with fabulous results. Conventional techniques of breast reduction are open methods where the excess tissue is excised and the breast parenchyma is lifted and stitched in normal position. This entails having visible scars on the breast. For an unmarried woman having scars may be unacceptable.

Key hole breast reduction is ideal for young women with large breasts. The fat component in the large breast is removed by the key hole technique using tiny access points. This will reduce the size of the breast and the associated heaviness. If the skin tone on the breasts is good, there will not be any additional drooping from the procedure.

Ideal candidates for this procedure would be young women with large breasts, good skin tone and only moderate degree of sagging.

What Does Breast Reduction Surgery Involve?

Breast reduction surgery is almost always performed under general anesthesia . Normally, the plastic surgeon will make an incision similar in shape to an anchor or inverted keyhole that encompasses the area from the top of the nipple to the crease of the breast. Then, the plastic surgeon removes excess fat, skin, and tissue and repositions the remaining skin and areola. Breast reduction surgery typically takes two - three hours.

Am I A Good Candidate For Key Hole Breast Reduction ?

Ideal candidates for this Key Hole Breast Reduction would be young women with large breasts, good skin tone and only moderate degree of sagging. If the sagging is beyond a certain limit, conventional breast reduction would be ideal.

Incision For Breast Reduction Surgery

Breast reduction is performed through incisions with surgical removal of the excess tissue and skin that contribute to large and pendulous breasts. The most common approach is a keyhole incision pattern. The nipple remains attached to its original blood and nerve supply, is repositioned. The areola is reduced in size.

The incisions are brought together to reshape the new smaller breast. Deep non-removable sutures are used to support the newly shaped breasts. Only few sutures and surgical tape close the top skin. Occasionally, for extremely large pendulous breasts, the nipple and areola may need to be removed from their blood supply and grafted. In any case, the incision lines are around the areola, from the areola down to the crease line and on the crease line under the breast . These scars are visible and permanent, although usually well concealed beneath a swimsuit or bra.

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Recovery Period After Breast Reduction

Discomfort is well controlled by oral medication. A support bra is recommended around the clock for the first few weeks. You should engage in light walking as soon as possible to minimize the potential for blood clots and other complications. A return to light activity is possible as soon as you feel ready, usually within a few days of surgery.

You may be able to return to work and more normal activity within 10 days, as long as you do not engage in any heavy lifting or vigorous exercise. Healing will continue for several weeks as swelling dissipates and breast shape and position settles. Keep in mind that recovery period varies from patient to patient. For three weeks you should avoid raising your elbows higher than your armpit. The pink scar will remain but they will fade gradually after several months.

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