Monthly Archives: July 2012
What Can I do to Prepare for Breast Reduction Surgery?
Posted on: July 31, 2012
When Marin County and Sonoma County women ask how they can prepare for breast reduction surgery it is a good sign because it shows they will be taking proactive participation in having a successful surgery.
There are several things a woman can do to get ready for surgery. It is a great benefit to be in good health. A good exercise program and having a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables and lean protein is a benefit which helps in healing. The avoidance of salt will help keep swelling under control. Optimally one would make this a lifestyle choice for continued good health.
Women need to stop smoking and stop taking any blood thinning products such as aspirin and some herbs and vitamins before undergoing a breast reduction mammoplasty. You will be given an extensive list of what to avoid at your preoperative visit. It is important to stop two weeks before and two weeks after to prevent bleeding problems.
Arrange to have someone pick you up from surgery and stay with you at least for 24 hours. Have all prescriptions filled ahead of time. Prepare and freeze meals for the first few days of recovery. Plan your wardrobe with clothing items that open in front and do not need to go over your head. Going into surgery stress free is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your recovery.
What is the Best Age for Breast Reduction?
Posted on: July 6, 2012
Contra Costa County women have asked Dr. Delgado, “What is the best age for a breast reduction?” A breast reduction also known as reduction mammoplasty can be done at almost any age, even in the late teens. Ideally the woman should wait until her breasts have fully developed or a second surgery may be necessary.
Breast reduction surgery is one of the highest patient satisfaction procedures there is. For the woman with large, pendulous breasts, the discomfort comes from many sources. The extra weight can cause back, neck and shoulder pain, and grooving in the shoulders from the bra straps. Some women develop rashes under the breast tissue. The psychological issues are many, from teasing in school and much unwanted attention. Finding clothing to fit properly is always a challenge. With all of these issues to deal with, women of all ages seek surgical correction and then wonder why they waited so long.
Other than waiting until the breasts have finished developing, a woman may want to hold off on surgery until after having children as pregnancy can cause the breasts to change. It may be more difficult or not possible to breast feed after surgery. These are all important issues to discuss with Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Delgado who sees patients in the entire San Francisco Bay Area and many out of state patients. See the section for “out of town patients” on Dr. Delgado’s main Breast Reduction website for arranging a phone consultation and easy travel arrangements.