Considering A Breast Reduction? Here’s 7 Things You Should Know

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Choosing to have a breast reduction is not a simple decision. Recently in the news, a woman with a size 36NNN breasts decided to get a breast reduction after years of suffering from back issues. The decision left many to think she should have been undergone surgery. But everyone has their own story.

When considering the surgery there are many factors to consider: the cost associated with the surgery, recovery time and potential risks that come with any surgical procedure. Here are seven things that other women think you should know about getting a breast reduction and lift.

1. Your drains will most likely be removed within a day or two after your breast reduction and lift surgery. While not painful, it does produce some discomfort. About two weeks following surgery your stitches will be removed. This can be painful, as the breast area will be very sensitive. Some women report that it feels like the nipples are being pinched very hard. Make sure you have taken pain medicine before the appointment to help reduce the discomfort.

2. The scabs around your nipples will itch but you must resist the urge to scratch. Some women have reported scratching in their sleep so consider sleeping with socks or thin cotton gloves on your hands until the stitches are removed or the itching stops. Dr. Jeffery S. Flagg, a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, suggests that, “A vaseline based gauze, like xeroform, can be used on the nipple areolar.”

3. You may be shocked at what your breasts will look like immediately following the breast reduction and lift surgery. Most people do not realize the amount of bruising, stitches, swelling and dried blood and it takes a few weeks to go away. It’s probably a good idea for your spouse, partner or caregiver to look at post-operative pictures to help reduce the shock factor.