There are many problems associated with large or heavy breasts, including discomfort, neck and shoulder pain, back pain as well as skin irritation. We understand that you may feel embarrassed and have difficulty in exercising and finding clothes / underwear to your size.
There are various methods and techniques for breast augmentation surgery. During your session Mr. Konstantinos Benetatos will discuss with you what is the most appropriate technique, based on the size of your breast and your special needs. The scars and the final shape of the breast shape vary according to the method of intervention to be applied. A reduction in breast size and shape is achieved by re-positioning the nipple at a higher point, while the nipple is still attached to the chest, removing the excess of both the skin and the breast parenchyma, and then restoring the remaining breast to a smaller and more upright.
The scars will depend on the technique of intervention applied (as mentioned above). At first they will be quite pink / red for the first 6 weeks, purple in the next 3 months and then they will weaken and get the white color of the normal skin. The process of full maturation of the scars reaches up to 12-14 months. Generally, the quality of scars in most patients and over time will be extremely good. Some patients arrive at this point relatively quickly, but others take longer. In rare cases, hypertrophic scars or even scarring may occur. The way other wounds have healed in the past may be an indication of the course of healing scars.
A complete medical history should be taken before each surgery. As a precautionary measure, doctors without prescription or herbal products / drugs should not be taken before surgery and for 3 days afterwards. Also, strict non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as salospir, ibuprofen (Nurofen), diclofenac and any other anticoagulant or antiplatelet therapy should always be avoided, always with the physician. It would also be very helpful to bring a list of any prescription medicines you receive for your preoperative control.
If you are a smoker try to quit smoking at least six weeks before and after a surgery, as this will dramatically reduce the chance of post-operative complications.
Surgery lasts from 1.5 to 3 hours depending on the type of technique applied and the size of the patient’s breast.
Length of stay Staying at the hospital is usually one night, but sometimes it may take a second night.
You will wake up with adhesive patches or a special skin glue on the wounds, as well as an elastic chest belt. Please be advised to tell Konstantinos Benetatos if you are allergic to a patch prior to surgery. The bandages will be replaced on the day the patient is discharged and again after two to three days, and should be kept dry until then. The wound re-test will be back in the next week.
Placing drains to remove a possible undesirable small collection of blood / fluids is not always necessary during surgery, but if used they will remain within the breast for 24 to 48 hours.
You should bring a soft (non-batik) sports bra with you to the hospital, which will be in line with the new breast size. The bra should be comfortable while providing breast support. You will need to have two brassiere at home that can be worn alternately. The measurement in the new bra does not change with respect to the circumference of the chest, only the cup changes. After eight weeks you will be able to wear a bras with a bracelet, which will have to adjust to the new shape and size of your chest.
People differ in recovery time. Generally, however, patients should be given a recovery interval of at least two weeks. Patients with jobs requiring intense movement may take longer.
Patients usually feel able to walk on an exercise pace within five to seven days and swim in ten to four days (if they have fully recovered). However, intense exercise (aerobics, etc) should be avoided for six weeks.
From the first to the fourth day you have to rest. You should not take care of very young children or do homework without help.
From the fifth to the fourteenth day you can start exercising longer, like hiking for a longer time, shopping, etc. By the end of this time you will feel little pain. If all the wounds appear healed on the tenth day it is unlikely to cause a problem with increasing your activities. Start your activities if you feel healthy.
From the third week you will be able to fully return to your normal lifetime before surgery and do whatever you want.
Patients should avoid driving until they are totally relieved of any inconvenience and limitation so they are perfectly able to make a sudden movement, such as direct braking, unobstructed and pain free. This is proposed so that patients can obtain cover from their insurance company in the event of an accident. It may take up to two weeks to fully recover. Of course there are patients who feel able to drive after 4-5 days, always with their own responsibility.
Your wound will be checked on the second and seventh day after surgery. If you need any further follow-up, this will be done by Konstantinos Benetatos. Your next appointments will be after one and three months respectively, where postoperative photos will be taken. There will be no extra charge for any monitoring associated with your surgery.
It is possible that some bruises and a slight swelling in your chest will take up to three weeks. It is common to feel some fluid secretion from the wounds in the first week as they begin to heal. Your chest will be slightly stiffer and slightly higher than the expected end result. Within a short time your chest will soften and get a very nice and natural shape, without being easy to say that you have surgery. This will happen around the fourth to the sixth week, continuing to improve continuously within the next six months.
Breast Reduction is a routine surgery and crowns with absolute success for the overwhelming majority of patients. However, as with any surgery, it is very important to understand that there is a possibility of complications. The possible complications that may occur are listed below.
It is extremely uncommon (less than 0.5%) and occurs when blood flow to the nipple stops due to poor perfusion of the tissue to which it is attached. If this happens, the nipple will be lost and replaced by a scar. Although it is rare to occur, the risk for each patient increases with smoking, obesity and age. There is also an increased risk if the reduction is for very large breasts. If you belong to any of these categories, Mr. Konstantinos Benetatos will discuss during your session possible alternative surgical techniques to avoid this risk.
This occurs in 20% of patients, and can only affect one side. The risk is increased in patients with very large breasts.
Most women have normally different breast sizes on each side and one of the goals of Breast Reduction surgery is to improve this asymmetry. However, it is likely that one breast or one nipple is slightly different from one another on the other side after surgery.
The quality of scars varies among patients.
Patients undergoing Breast Reduction may have problems with wound healing, especially in the area of the pimple. This happens in about 4% of patients and it takes a few weeks for their healing.
There is a possibility of creating a small hematoma in the chest, which would result in the patient returning to the surgery to remove it. However, if a hematoma is to occur, it will happen within the first 24 hours after surgery. The hematoma is present in about 1% of patients.
Approximately 50% of women can breast-feed normally after Breast Reduction.
It is quite an unusual phenomenon, but if it happens, antibiotics will need to be given to the patient.
infections and Thrombosis in the leg or lungs (deep vein thrombosis-pulmonary embolism). Although rare to appear, it is important to avoid smoking, not being excessively overweight and mobilizing as soon as possible after surgery.
If you feel any symptom that may be of concern to you, please do not hesitate to contact us.