Breast Reduction

Breast reduction patients are seen at the Virginia Mason Hospital & Seattle Medical Center. Exceedingly large breasts may be a source of significant pain in the shoulders, neck and upper back for women. They may interfere with athletics and exercise and may limit the type and styles of clothing that are worn. The operation known as breast reduction significantly reduces the size and weight of the breast while preserving and restoring an attractive shape and contour.

Breast reduction is performed under general anesthesia and lasts two to three hours. Patients are hospitalized one day to three days following surgery and return to the clinic in eight days to 10 days for suture removal. Bandages are small, and the patient leaves the hospital wearing a bra.

Surprisingly little discomfort follows this operation. Many women return to work within two weeks of their surgery date, while others may require a three week to four week recuperation. Within a month, patients return to full physical activity.

This well-designed operation rarely presents problems and complications. Complications, if any, may include bleeding, infection and delayed wound healing. Some patients may experience loss of sensation in the breast or nipple skin. Seldom is this loss of feeling permanent. While some women can breast feed after this operation, it cannot be guaranteed.

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