Frustrating Back, Neck, and Shoulder Pain May Require a Breast Reduction and Implant Removal
A breast augmentation is one of the most common cosmetic surgery procedures. In this surgery, an implant is inserted to increase the size of the breasts. Many women undergo this procedure to enlarge their breast size.
Unfortunately, years after getting a breast augmentation done, some women face problems owing to their large breasts. Some of the common issues are highlighted below:
• Back, neck, and shoulder pain
• Skin irritation below the breasts that can cause rashes
• Posture problems
• Discomfort wearing a bra
• Issues in social situations due to the size of their breasts
• Unhappiness with their appearance
To address these issues, Dr. Rai can perform a combination breast implant removal and breast reduction. A breast implant removal is also known as a breast explant.
This combination surgery typically takes around four and a half hours to complete. The procedure is done under general anesthesia to ensure that the patient does not feel any pain. Dr. Rai takes care to ensure symmetrical results.
First, an inverted-T incision is made. This involves an incision around the areola, a vertical incision down to the breast fold, and a curving horizontal incision along the fold. This allows Dr. Rai the necessary degree of access to the underlying tissues.
The implant and the scar-tissue capsule around it are then removed from the breast. Once this process is complete, excess fat and/or glandular breast tissue are removed from the breast in order to reduce it in volume. Excess skin is also trimmed away. The areola and nipple are repositioned and resized to match the breast’s new dimensions.
Finally, the incisions are closed with the help of dissolvable sutures. This means that there will not be a need to have them removed during a follow-up appointment. A bandage or gauze dressing is placed on the breasts.
After the procedure is complete, the breast size has been reduced. The smaller size does not cause pain in the back, neck, or shoulders, and the patient experiences significant relief from symptoms. She can also feel more comfortable with her breast size and her body’s overall proportions.
Healing After a Combination Explant and Breast Reduction
Drains are placed in the breasts after this procedure is complete. These carry out excess fluids in order to help avoid complications like hematomas and seromas. After around three to five days, they can be removed during a follow-up appointment.
A degree of swelling, bruising, and pain is normal following an explant with reduction. These issues can be treated according to Dr. Rai’s post-surgical care instructions, which should be followed as closely as possible.
For several weeks, patients must avoid physically taxing activities like heavy exercise and heavy lifting. After four to six weeks, the patient will be able to return to all of her normal activities without restrictions.
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