Introduction For women with overly large breasts, there is one efficient solution that can help them regain mobility and improve their quality of life. The solution is called breast reduction surgery, and it delivers spectacular results when performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon in an accredited medical facility. The procedure is performed to help women get relief from the daily discomforts associated with an excessive size of the breasts. At the same time, women can resort to this procedure to prevent permanent damage that could occur on the spine as a result of the pressure that the weight of the breasts applies on it. In this article, we will discuss a few interesting facts about breast reduction surgery. The procedure can be performed even on teenagers Generally speaking, plastic surgery is for adults who want to improve the appearance of their bodies; however, when it comes to the excessive development of the breasts, patients can decide to undergo the procedure even as teenagers and before coming of age. Breast reduction surgery can be performed on patients from 13 years old onward, but there are conditions to be eligible for the surgery. For patients who are very young, the condition is to have fully developed breasts, and for patients who are more mature, the condition is to be in good health and emotional condition. Breast reduction surgery is one of the procedures that can be recommended when the patient is very young to avoid complications that could develop over time. For example, the excessive volume of the breasts can put a lot of pressure on the back and cause spine deformations that might become permanent and could be very difficult (if not impossible) to treat later on in life. However, it is important for patients to keep in mind that the aesthetic results achieved with the procedure can be altered if a pregnancy or significant weight fluctuations occur. Another long-term consequence of breast reduction surgery that should be considered by young patients procedure is the difficulties or the impossibility to breastfeed if a pregnancy occurs. If breastfeeding is important to you, the recommendation would be to postpone undergoing breast reduction until you are done having children. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia Because the procedure can take up to five hours, the suitable anesthesia type is usually general anesthesia. This type of anesthesia is preferred for the comfort of the patient. The risks associated with general anesthesia have decreased considerably over the last decade, and the substances used now are safer than ever. When getting general anesthesia, the patient will feel no pain or discomfort during the procedure and will also have no memory of what happened during the operation. If you have experienced allergic reactions to general anesthesia before, make sure to discuss this with the plastic surgeon and see if there are other options for anesthesia in your particular case. Sexual intercourse can be resumed within the first two weeks Patients undergoing the procedure might be interested to find out that sexual activity can be resumed even within a week or two after the procedure. There is one condition, of course, and this is to not put pressure on the breasts for a minimum of three to four weeks post-op as incisions might open and other complications can occur. Also, keep in mind that the stimulation that occurs during sexual intercourse that will lead to an increased flow of blood to the breasts might trigger a certain level of pain, but easily manageable with pain medication. Getting a shower after breast reduction Despite the common myth that showers need to be avoided after surgery, the recommendation is to make sure you have a proper hygiene; otherwise, infections can occur. The plastic surgeon or the medical staff at the clinic will explain how to take showers without getting the incisions wet and how to clean the incisions. Keeping the incisions clean and dry at all times is essential to help you avoid a potential infection. Infections can occur due to a lack of proper hygiene on the incisions. Antibiotics are often prescribed for five days post-op. A special post-op bra needs to be worn for about four weeks After undergoing breast surgery, an experienced plastic surgeon will tell you about the necessity to wear a special post-op bra or a good quality sports bra. The role of the post-op bra is to give support to the breasts and a good level of compression to reduce the swelling that can naturally occur after any type of surgical procedure. The special post-op bra should be worn for a minimum of four weeks non-stop. This means that the patient can take it off while showering and then put a clean one back on. Ideally, the bra should be worn for six to eight weeks non-stop and the same amount of time after this, but only during the day. The recommendation is always to wear a good sports bra when exercising or engaging in physical activities. Follow-up consultations The surgery is not the last time you will see the plastic surgeon. The recommendation is to schedule post-operative consultations periodically to allow the plastic surgeon to monitor your progress and help you avoid complications that could occur during the recovery period. The first follow-up consultation is a day or two after the procedure. The second one is a week after the first, and the third one a month after the procedure. The other follow-up consultations can be scheduled at three, six and twelve months after the surgery. After twelve months, the cicatrization process should be completed and the results of the procedure final. If you are not happy with the results, now you can consider getting revision surgery. Sustainability of the results of breast reduction surgery Generally speaking, once the breasts have been reduced, they will never get back to the same volume they had before surgery. However, this doesn’t mean that the breasts will stay the same forever. If a pregnancy occurs after breast reduction surgery or if weight fluctuations occur, the results can be compromised. This is why it is important to understand that keeping a constant weight is essential to sustain the results. Also, it is important to understand that there are factors that will continue to affect the appearance of your breasts, even after undergoing plastic surgery. These factors that will leave marks on your breasts and can’t be prevented are aging and gravity. Changes in the appearance of the breasts after surgery The breasts can change their beautiful appearance if pregnancy and weight fluctuations occur, and it is important for patients to know what can be done in this situation. This is especially important for patients who had their breast reduction surgery early in life and can be confronted with breast sagginess after one or two decades. It is important to know that breast sagging affects all women sooner or later, and it doesn’t matter if they had plastic surgery or not. If in time you notice that the appearance of the breasts has changed, you can have a breast lift to correct the breast ptosis. Your plastic surgeon will tell you all about the potential need for additional procedures after breast reduction surgery. Conclusion Women suffering due to their breasts being too large should know that there is an efficient solution that will alleviate the pain and discomfort. The procedure performed to reduce the size of overly large breasts is called breast reduction or reduction mammoplasty. The procedure is often performed with the patient under general anesthesia and can take between two and four hours, and even more in some cases. This procedure is the only safe and efficient method to reduce the volume of the breasts, and there are no physical exercise routine, creams, gels or pills that can help you have smaller breasts. The procedure is safe when performed by a board-certified, talented and experienced plastic surgeon in an accredited medical facility. Keep in mind to choose your surgeon wisely as he will be the one guiding you through this process and help you achieve good results. The recovery period after breast reduction surgery is not overly complicated or uncomfortable for the patient; however, there are instructions that need to be followed to the letter to avoid complications and get the best results possible.