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Breast Reduction Surgery: The Complete Guide to Breast Reduction Surgery & Recovery

Breast Reduction Surgery

A Practical Guide to Breast Reduction Surgery & Recovery

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Here's What You'll Learn in the Book

Understanding Breast Reduction Surgery

Understand the anatomy of the breast and the different types of breast reduction surgery.

Choosing a Surgeon

Find out how to locate a surgeon, what questions to ask them, and how to make your final decision.

Insurance & Costs

Get a general overview of the cost of surgery and the insurance process.

The Day of Surgery

Find out what to expect on the day of your surgery.

Recovery

Find out about the recovery process and caring for yourself after surgery.

Bonus Information

Find out about nutrition to improve recovery, how to care for young children after surgery, and the impact of weight gain or loss on your breasts after surgery.

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Inform, Support & Empower Women

I wrote Breast Reduction Surgery to inform, support and empower women around the world who are considering or have had breast reduction surgery.

The core principles that informed the work are:

  • Every woman is beautiful and unique
  • Women have the right to make informed choices
  • Women need to do what is right for them without judgment
  • Provide support and nurture women
  • Seek to understand the needs of women

A Note form Ayesha

For more than 20 years, I was plagued with constant headaches, neck and back pain, and indented shoulders from bra straps.

I dreamed of having breast reduction for years, but I wanted to wait until I finished having children and breastfeeding.

I had my second, and last, child at a 38 - much later than I had planned.

Two years later, I was finally done with breastfeeding, and I was ready for a breast reduction.

I lost a lot of weight before my surgery and got my breasts down from an H cup to an E cup. I had a lot of excess skin and my breast when unsupported by a bra nearly reached my naval. I would stuff my breasts into a bra and they would look normal. Not so when I was naked.

In March 2015, I had my breast reduction. I went from an E cup to a C cup. It changed my life. I could finally buy pretty bras, get clothes that fit well, and I was no longer in constant pain.

As I lay in hospital, a couple of hours after my surgery, still groggy from the anesthesia, I decided to write a book about breast reduction surgery.

I had previously written a blog post about my breast reduction. When I shared it on Facebook, I was inundated with personal messages from women who had either had a reduction themselves or who wanted to have one.

I realized that while there were lots of blogs, YouTube videos, and forums, the information was overwhelming for most women.

The women that contacted me, told me they wanted:

  1. To talk to someone they trusted about their decision
  2. Get clear and concise information about the breast reduction process
  3. Be supported during the process

My book, Breast Reduction: A practical guide to breast reduction surgery, was born from a desire to help women around the world who are considering, or have had, breast reduction surgery.

I'm a writer and coach, so it was only natural for me to use my personal experience and research skills to create a book.

My wish for all women is that we can fall in love with our bodies, with all their beautiful imperfections, and to be truly comfortable in our own skin. For many of us, this means having a breast reduction.

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Before breast reduction surgery
A couple of hours after surgery
A couple of hours after surgery
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Breast Reduction Surgery

Table of Contents

 

Part 1: Understanding Breast Reduction

 

Chapter 1: An Introduction to Breast Reduction

Chapter 2: Benefits of Breast Reduction Surgery

Chapter 3: Risks of Breast Reduction Surgery 

Chapter 4: Anatomy of Breasts

Chapter 5: Breast Reduction Techniques - Overview

Chapter 6: Breast Reduction Techniques - Pedicle Method

  • Vertical or Lollipop Breast Reduction
  • Anchor or Inverted-T Breast Reduction
  • Stevens Laser Bra
  • Different Pedicle Techniques to Maintain Blood & Nerve Supply
  • Inferior Pedicle – Bottom of the Breast
  • Superior Pedicle – Top of the Breast
  • Central– Centre of Breast
  • Lateral Pedicle – Outer Side of Breast
  • Bi-Pedicle – Top & Bottom of Breast
  • Chapter 7: Breast Reduction Techniques - Free Nipple Graft (FNG)
  • FNG Process
  • Scar Pattern
  • Risks of an FNG
  • Benefits of an FNG
  • Chapter 8: Breast Reduction Techniques - Liposuction-Only
  • The Liposuction-Only Breast Reduction Process
  • Advantages of Liposuction-Only Breast Reduction
  • Disadvantages of Liposuction-Only Breast Reduction

Chapter 9: Scarring

  • Scar Locations
  • Laser Scar Treatment
  • Keloid Scars

Chapter 10: Costs & Insurance

  • Breast Reduction Costs
  • Health Insurance
  • Read Your Policy
  • Schnur Sliding Scale Chart
  • Weight Not Volume
  • Document & Get Evidence
  • Teaching Hospital
  • Overseas Surgery Options
  • My Experience

Chapter 11: Post-Op Breast Size

  • Size Considerations
  • Getting Real
  • Discuss with Your Surgeon

Chapter 12: Breastfeeding After a Reduction

  • Why Breastfeeding is Important
  • Benefits of Breastfeeding for the Baby
  • Benefits of Breastfeeding for the Mother
  • How Breast Reduction Affects Breast Feeding
  • How Breastfeeding Affect Breast Size
  • Maximizing Milk Supply
  • Define Your Own Success
  • Get More Information

Chapter 13: Find Surgeon

  • Find a Surgeon
  • Referral from Your General Practitioner/Primary Doctor
  • What to Look for in a Surgeon
  • Initial Consultation
  • Organize Your Documents

Chapter 14: Questions to Ask Your Surgeon

  • Key Questions
  1. Surgeon’s Experience & Qualifications
  2. Breast Reduction Risks
  3. Managing Problems
  4. Insurance
  5. About Your Particular Surgery
  6. Recovery
  • Plastic Surgeon Preferences
  • Inpatient/Outpatient
  • Hospital vs. Surgical Clinic
  • Drains/No Drains
  • Stitches/Staples/Glue

Chapter 15: Make Your Decision

 

Part 2: Preparing for Surgery

 

Chapter 16: Preparing for Surgery

  • Full Medical History
  • Stop Taking Certain Medications & Natural Remedies
  • Questions for Your Surgeon
  • Packing for Surgery
  • Menstruation & Surgery

Chapter 17: The Day of Your Surgery

  • Step 1: Gown Up
  • Step 2: Surgeon Visits and Marks Your Breasts
  • Step 3: Photographs Are Taken
  • Step 4: IV Inserted
  • Step 5: Anesthesiologist Visits
  • Step 6: Off to Theatre
  • Step 7: The Surgery
  • Step 8: Wake Up in the Recovery Room
  • Step 9: Off to Your Room
  • Step 10: Discharge Time

Chapter 18: Post-Op Recovery

  • Follow Your Surgeon’s Directions
  • Contact Your Surgeon
  • Prioritize Yourself
  • Rest Up
  • Sleep Well
  • Get Out of Bed Safely
  • Have the Comfortable Clothes
  • Get Your Medical Supplies Organized
  • Organize Your Home for Ease
  • Be Careful When You First Shower Post-Surgery
  • Have Meals and Snacks on Hand
  • Stay Hydrated – Drink Plenty of Water
  • Take Laxatives If Needed
  • Avoid Alcohol
  • Wear Your Compression Bra
  • Avoid Heavy Lifting & Strenuous Exercise
  • Be Prepared for Post-Operative Swelling & Bruising
  • Take Arnica
  • Use Heat (and Ice) Packs with Caution
  • Be Prepared for Increased Menstrual Symptoms
  • Organize Care of Pets

Chapter 19: Post-Op Breasts

  • Surgical Wounds
  • Fat Necrosis
  • Dog Ears
  • Chapter 20: Minimizing Scar Tissue
  • Silicone Treatments
  • Post-Surgery Compression Bra
  • Good Nutrition
  • Post-Op Scar Massage
  • Scar Massage Technique
  • Preventing and/or Treating Keloid Scarring
  • Fraxel Laser Scar Minimization Treatments
  • Chapter 21: Itching & Burning
  • Chapter 22: Nutrition for Recovery
  • Get Plenty of Protein
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin A
  • Zinc & Iron
  • Avoid Foods You Know Cause a Bad Reaction
  • Drink Lemon Tea

Chapter 23: Post-Op Blues

Chapter 24: Caring for Small Children

  • Top Tips for Mothers
  • Schedule Your Surgery Wisely
  • Limit Lifting
  • Don’t Try to Be a Super Mother
  • Outside Care
  • Ask Your Children to Help Out
  • Make Meals Easy
  • Avoid Lifting at Nap/Bed Times
  • Encourage Your Children to Dress Themselves
  • Changing Nappies/Diapers without Lifting
  • Manage Bath Time
  • Be Compassionate to Yourself

Chapter 25: Weight Changes & Your Breast Size Post-Surgery

Chapter 26: A Letter To Your Partner

Glossary of Breast Reduction Terms

 

 

Part 1: Understanding Breast Reduction

 

Chapter 1: An Introduction to Breast Reduction

Chapter 2: Benefits of Breast Reduction Surgery

Chapter 3: Risks of Breast Reduction Surgery

Chapter 4: Anatomy of Breasts

Chapter 5: Breast Reduction Techniques - Overview

Chapter 6: Breast Reduction Techniques - Pedicle Method

Chapter 9: Scarring

Chapter 10: Costs & Insurance

Chapter 11: Post-Op Breast Size

Chapter 12: Breastfeeding After a Reduction

Chapter 13: Find Surgeon

Chapter 14: Questions to Ask Your Surgeon

Chapter 15: Make Your Decision

 

Part 2: Preparing for Surgery

 

Chapter 16: Preparing for Surgery

Chapter 17: The Day of Your Surgery

Chapter 18: Post-Op Recovery

Chapter 19: Post-Op Breasts

Chapter 23: Post-Op Blues

Chapter 24: Caring for Small Children

Chapter 25: Weight Changes & Your Breast Size Post-Surgery

Chapter 26: A Letter To Your Partner

 

Glossary of Breast Reduction Terms

 

 

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