Breast reduction surgery (reduction mammoplasty) removes some of the tissue and skin from the breasts to reshape and reduce the size of the breasts. It can also make the area of dark skin surrounding the nipple (areola) smaller.
Doctor will give general anesthesia, which means you will be put to "sleep" during the procedure. Often times it is performed under local anesthesia and intravenous sedation. Breast reduction surgery will take about two to five hours, sometimes longer. Surgeon will make a cut around your nipple then downward on the breast in the form of a keyhole. Then will remove extra skin, tissue, and fat from your breasts and reposition your nipple. Surgeon may use drainage tubes and then stitch up your breasts and wrap them in special gauze. You may also need to wear a surgical bra.
You will need to take at least one two weeks off from work or school for breast reduction surgery. Some people need two three weeks, but each situation varies. Your surgeon will instruct you on follow-up appointments for removing bandages and stitches.
While you recover, you'll need to stop physical activity for at least one month after surgery. Smoking is not permitted for 4 weeks following surgery. You are required to wear a support bra for 6-8 weeks after your surgery.
After breast reduction surgery, you should expect to feel tired and to have mild ,or no breast pain. This is normal. Your surgeon will give you an oral painkiller to ease you through the first few days after surgery. You will also have to take a course of prophylactic antibiotic for 7-10 days. You should also avoid heavy lifting.