Breast Reduction in Ludhiana & Chandigarh, Punjab

Breast reduction is a procedure that greatly benefits ladies with excessively large breasts (macromastia), and men who have gynecomastia (male breasts). It is a cosmetic surgery performed to remove excess breast fat, skin and tissue from the breasts to give a proportionate breast size. It also helps ease the physical discomfort that associates with large breasts. This procedure is also referred to as Reduction Mammoplasty or Breast size decreasing surgery.

Large breasts can have both physical and emotional stress on the patient. The excess weight of the breasts leads to back pain, neck pain, under breasts skin rashes and other physical symptoms. It becomes a hindrance when doing physical activities and that adds to the emotional distress.

While breast size reduction surgery is often performed to treat medical issues, it also provides the aesthetic benefits of improved breast shape and tone. Thus, the patients who are just not happy with their breast size and need that to be fixed can easily opt for this procedure. Social stigmas and wardrobe problems that hamper confidence can be other factors that require a person to undergo breast reduction surgery.

Different Techniques Used For Breast Reduction

Cosmetic surgeons can use different surgical techniques while performing a breast reduction surgery. The technique is decided by the surgeon depending on the patient’s breast shape, its size and the amount of the tissue that needs to be removed to get the desired outcome.

Liposuction For Breast Reduction

Candidates, who need a small reduction in their breasts, have no sagging on the skin and whose breasts are enlarged due to fatty tissue are the perfect candidates for this procedure. In some cases, like gynecomastia patients, liposuction alone can be performed to reduce the breast size. This is a less invasive and a shorter procedure. The scars are minimal and undetectable.

There are different techniques available for carrying out Liposuction. However, the most advanced and latest technique available today is indeed Vaser Liposuction, also known as LipoSelection by Vaser. An important thing to know is that only a few clinics possess the technology of carrying out Vaser Liposuction and the patients must, therefore, be very careful in choosing the right surgeon and clinic for breast surgery. Having said that, it will amaze you to learn Refine Aesthetic Clinic is the first and only clinic in Punjab to have equipped itself with this latest technology of carrying out breast reduction procedure.

While Liposuction can reduce up to 50% of breast size, this is possible only if there is a sufficient proportion of fat tissue in the breasts as compared to the glandular or muscular tissue.

Vertical Breast Reduction

Candidates who need a moderate size breast reduction and have excess sagging skin are good for a vertical breast reduction. The surgeon makes two incisions, one around the edge of the areola and the other vertically from the areola to the crease of the breast fold. Hence, the name given is "Vertical". This helps the surgeon remove the excess fat and skin to reshape the breast and lift it up to give the desired result.

Inverted-T Breast Reduction

This surgery requires three incisions, one around the edge of the areola, one vertically down to the crease and the third along the crease under the breasts. The incisions make an inverted-T, hence its name. These incisions allow maximum tissue removal and significant breast reduction to give youthful and proportionate breasts.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. Who should consider a Breast Reduction Surgery?

Breast reduction is beneficial for women who have large breasts and want to resolve problems such as:

  • Chronic neck, back and shoulder pain due to the weight of the breasts
  • Skin rash and irritation in the creases under the breast
  • Restricted physical activity and difficulty in sleeping postures
  • Low self-image and low self-confidence due to large breasts
  • Wardrobe problems: finding and fitting into right sized clothes

The surgery is not recommended for the people who:

  • Smoke
  • Have diabetes or heart problems
  • Are highly obese
  • Desire unrealistic goals
  • Don't want scars on their breasts

Age is no bar for the surgery but the doctors definitely discourage operation to teenagers because their breasts aren't full developed yet so their results won’t last long. In cases of wanting a pregnancy or a huge weight loss in the future, the surgery is recommended to be postponed. In future pregnancies, breast feeding can be a problem after surgery. If you plan to lose excess weight after surgery, it may lead to sagging skin or change in breast size and the results wouldn't last.

2. What to expect during the surgery?

The length of breast reduction surgery is usually two to four hours and is performed under general anesthesia. It is sometimes performed as an outpatient procedure but frequently requires an overnight stay. The surgeon marks the sight of incisions and makes the incisions using one of the techniques given above. Excess breast tissue, fat and skin is removed from each breast. The breasts are then reduced, reshaped and lifted to give the desired result to the patients. The nipples (areola) remain attached to their original blood supply. In cases they need to be made smaller, they are cut around the edges. In rare instances, the nipple is removed and put back at a higher position. The incisions are closed neatly and sutured to give fine line marks that will fade away with time.

There is swelling and bruising but the results can be seen immediately. The results are long lasting. Because aging cannot be defied, there will be sagging but not as much after the surgery. The patient will definitely be relieved from the physical and emotional pain and the everyday limitations.

3. What to expect during the recovery process?

Right after the surgery, the breasts are bandaged and dressed to heal incisions. A tube maybe placed under each arm to drain excess fluids and blood. Pain killers are prescribed to reduce discomfort. The breasts are swollen and bruised so they will probably feel tender and sensitive for 7-10 days. Ice packs can be put on bandages to relieve discomfort. For this the surgeons will recommend an elastic compression bra to keep the breasts lifted and tight. Physical activities and heavy lifting are to be avoided for two to four weeks' time and underwire bras aren’t suggested for a few months after the surgery.

4. What are the risks and complications involved with breast reduction surgery?

All surgeries carry with them some degree of risks and complications. The decision of going through with the breast reduction surgery is personal but one needs to weigh in the pros and cons. Possible risks during breast reduction surgery include:

  • Bleeding or infection in the sutures
  • Irregularity in the breast shape
  • Changes in the nipple or breast sensation
  • Partial or complete loss of nipple
  • Asymmetry in the breasts
  • Constant Pain
  • Skin discoloration around the incisions
  • Blood clots that could lead to cardiac or pulmonary complications
  • Collection of fluid under the skin
  • Itchiness in the scars
  • Anesthesia risks of infection or allergy

Patients should discuss any complications that may be relevant to their individual cases. Most cases have good results but the complications cannot be ignored.

5. How to choose the right plastic surgeon?

When you choose to have a surgery, the choice of cosmetic surgeon and the clinic at which your procedure will be carried out are the most important decisions to be made. A plastic surgeon for breast reduction should be good at reconstructive as well as aesthetic procedures. They will not just reduce the size but also make them look youthful and natural.

The surgeon's certification, accreditation and qualification are of utmost importance. A well-qualified plastic surgeon will know and have had a lot of practice in the field. A board-certified doctor will be specifically trained and experienced in his specific field. In order to gain confidence in the surgeon's aesthetic style, a few other things to be taken care of include:

  • The surgeon's experience in the particular surgery that you are looking to get done
  • The frequency at which the doctor performs the surgery and the corresponding results
  • Before and after pictures in cases similar to yours

The facility at which the doctor practices is important. It should be accredited to ensure that it has the best facility, faculty and up to date techniques for performing different cosmetic surgeries.

Undoubtedly Dr. Prerna Mittal is the best plastic surgeon for breast reduction in Ludhiana. She meets all the above criterions and has an experience of more than 10 years in this field. For best results in breast reduction surgery, contact Dr. Prerna Mittal at Refine Aesthetic Clinic.

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