About Breast Hypertrophy. Breast Hypertrophy is a condition that is characterized by an overdevelopment of breast tissue to a point at which a patient is uncomfortable with the size of their breast, has difficulty managing breasts due to the size, and may even encounter health problems.
The condition is far more common that many would expect and should be nothing patients are ashamed to consult our doctors with. It is also important to realize that many male patients also suffer from a condition known as Gynecomastia, which is characterized by the same symptoms, often to a lesser degree, but in male patients.
The symptoms of breast hypertrophy can also lead to a number of emotional and well-being issues. Patients suffering from larger than normal breasts often feel self conscious, embarrassed and may face a great deal of social anxiety. Oversized breasts can disrupt sleep patterns, cause back and other muscle pains and problems and severely interfere with a normal daily life.
Breast reduction surgery is concerned with correcting the effects of breast hypertrophy in both men and women. The procedure is usually performed under general anesthesia but less extensive procedures may require only local anesthesia.
The surgeon will inform patients what is necessary. The number of incisions will depend on the extent of the condition and the prevalence of the breast tissue. Skin, fat and breast tissue will be removed in a manner that leaves sufficient tissue to reshape the breast to a proper size. The aerola will remain connected to the mammary glands and will be carefully repositioned in an effort to retain function. The remaining breast tissue is carefully repositioned and the breast reshaped before the incisions are closed.
It is important that patients realize that mammary function is not a given after breast reduction surgery.
While the surgeon will do everything possible to retain function it is important that patients who plan to nurse or become pregnant consult the doctor with this information prior to surgery. It is recommended that patients who are concerned with mammary function, plan to nurse, or to become pregnant postpone breast reduction until after doing so.
Along with being healthy going into surgery, recovery is the time in which patients can do their part to ensure the best results. Both our Palm Desert location and our Beverly Hills location are equipped with surgical recovery monitoring rooms and patients will be monitored here until they are deemed stable and ready to be transported home.
Breast reduction is an outpatient procedure, so barring complications, most patients return home within a few hours after surgery. Due to the lingering effects of anesthesia, patients cannot drive and should have a friend or loved one to be on hand to help transport them home. Patients should also have someone on hand, who can remain with them around the clock, to help and monitor them for at least the first 24-hour period following surgery. After this it is helpful to have someone on hand who can assist in moving around, preparing food and medications, changing surgical dressings and such for up to a week or two.
Breast recovery has a healthy rate of success and the majority of patients obtain final results that address all of their medical concerns and with which they are aesthetically satisfied.
Patients often return to work (jobs that are not physically strenuous) within 2 or three weeks. However, swelling, bruising, and signs of surgery along with the need to wear compression garments and meticulously maintain surgical wounds may endure for as long as 4 months or longer. Every patient’s body is different and regular follow-up appointments with the attending physician will ensure that patients are healing properly and that any complications are dealt with quickly. This information is meant only as general information.
During a consultation the physician will outline the procedures for preparation and recovery in detail and patients will be responsible to be in the best health going into surgery so that they can obtain the best results possible.
Contact breast reduction specialists Dr. Andrew Ordon, M.D., F.A.C.S. and Dr. Ritu Chopra M.S., M.D. for a consultation to breast reduction surgery today through our contact page, or in person or by phone.
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