BODY SURGERY

Breast Reduction

Dr. Hatem Elfieshawy joins Dr. Michael Zacharia to assist him in meeting the goal of ensuring that every patient is able to achieve his or her appearance goals.

Dr. Hatem Elfieshawy joins Dr. Michael Zacharia to assist him in meeting the goal of ensuring that every patient is able to achieve his or her appearance goals. Dr. Elfieshawy brings to the team extensive experience with a range of aesthetic surgery and cosmetic procedures.

Dr. Elfieshawy graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBCh) and has extensive experience working with patients to meet their cosmetic goals. Dr. Elfieshawy offers an artistic eye to the cosmetic surgeries he performs, producing results that exceed the expectations of his patients.

What is the Breast Reduction Surgery?

The Breast Reduction procedure, also referred to as mammoplasty, can decrease breast size, restore symmetry and help to reduce neck and shoulder pain in patients who’ve lived with this discomfort for years.


Am I a good candidate for Breast Reduction Surgery?

Some of the indications that you may be a good candidate for Breast Reduction surgery could include the following.

  • Breasts that are too large for the body frame
  • Lopsided breasts, with one larger than the other
  • Dissatisfaction with larger breast size
  • Chronic neck and shoulder pain, attributed to large breasts
  • Indentations on the shoulders from bra straps
  • Persistent irritation to the skin underneath the breast crease

Do you qualify for Breast Reduction Surgery?

The ideal candidate for the Breast Reduction surgery is a woman who is over the age of 18. She should be in good physical and mental health. Patients should have realistic expectations from the surgery. It is suggested that those who are smokers stop smoking at least 6 weeks prior to the surgery. It’s also recommended that patients avoid alcohol prior to and after the surgery, and also stop taking any supplements that many have the potential for causing complications during the procedure and the recovery phase.

An important consideration is to ensure that your weight has been stable for at least 6 months. Weight gain can have an impact on the size of your breasts, so it is important to ensure you are at your goal weight and can maintain that weight.

During your consultation, Dr. Elfieshawy will explain to you what needs to be accomplished in order for you to be eligible for the procedure.

FAQs

How can Dr. Elfieshawy get the best in results for you?

During your initial consultation with Dr. Elfieshawy, you will have the opportunity to discuss the concerns you have about your large breasts. You’ll have the chance to discuss the size that you think would be ideal for your frame.

Dr. Elfieshawy will conduct a physical examination and review your complete medical history.

Plastic surgery is highly individualised, so each factor unique to you will be taken into consideration when your surgery is being planned. No two surgeries are alike, and Dr. Elfieshawy will use his experience and talents to ensure that your results help you to meet your cosmetic goals.

How much does the Breast Reduction Surgery cost?

The costs associated with Breast Reduction surgery can vary between individuals. Some patients opt for a lift at the same time as getting their breasts reduced. This can have an impact on the costs associated with the surgery.

The costs will be based upon a number of factors, including the complexity of the procedure, the costs of anaesthetic, and hospital fees. Keep in mind that surgeries performed purely for cosmetic reasons will not be covered by health insurance. Patients are encouraged to discuss their coverage with their insurance companies prior to scheduling the surgery.

Some patients are able to get their breast reduction covered by insurance, because of the pain and other concerns associated with breasts that are too large.

How can I best prepare for Breast Reduction Surgery?

During your consultation with Dr. Elfieshawy, he will discuss the procedure and potential risks involved with the surgery. He will also ensure you have realistic expectations from the surgery, while also covering what may be expected during the recovery process.

Each patient will be provided with a preoperative checklist that will cover each of the steps that needs to be accomplished prior to the surgery. This could include ensuring a healthy diet and workout routine so you are in great shape on the day of your surgery. Any supplements and medications that may potentially lead to complications during surgery should be stopped.

Preparing for your surgery will also mean making sure that you have help at home during the recovery phase. You’ll be unable to raise your arms or care for your personal needs for at least the first week after your surgery.

Discussing size and a lift

Discussing your goals with Dr. Elfieshawy can help you to determine the right breast size for your body frame. Many patients opt to have a breast lift at the same time as their breast reduction. Dr. Elfieshawy will help to you best decide which procedures will help you to meet your cosmetic goals.

What you need to know about anaesthesia

The Breast Reduction surgery is performed under general anaesthesia. If you have ever had a poor reaction to anasethesia in the past, be sure to let Dr. Elfieshawy know. Any prior complications should be discussed, in order to ensure your safety during and after the procedure. It’s important to note that most patients tolerate the anaesthesia well.

The procedure itself

The Breast Reduction surgery can last between two and five hours, based upon the technique that your surgeon opts for. It will also depend on whether a lift is being included as a part of the surgery. The surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure. During the procedure itself, your surgeon will remove excess breast tissue and skin, taking care to perform incisions that will minimise the resulting scars. Drainage tubes may be placed, and incisions will be closed with sutures.

What to expect after the surgery?

Patients can expect to experience some pain and discomfort, along with swelling, in the days right after surgery. Patients will also not be able to raise their arms and may have a limited range of arm motion. Prescription pain medications will be offered, with instructions that detail how patients can best control the pain. Bruising, stiffness and numbness can also often be experienced during the recovery phase. Patients may be quick to tire and should rest when they need to.

What are the risks and complications involved in Breast Reduction surgery?

There is no surgical procedure that can be considered to be free from risks and the potential for complications. The Breast Reduction surgery has very minimal risks and complications.

The potential risks associated with the Breast Reduction surgery may include infection, excessive bleeding and blood clots. Every patient will be provided with postoperative instructions in order to minimise the risks of complications.

How long is the recovery period?

Each patient will heal from surgery at her own pace. Most patients will need to be on restrictive activity for six weeks after the surgery. A reduction in pain and discomfort typically occurs after the first postoperative week. By the sixth to eighth week patients will be feeling much improvied and will be able to resume normal physical activities.

The swelling and bruising from the surgery is typically drastically reduced by the twelve-week mark.

How long will I be out of work?

Unless your work requires a lot of physical activity and heavy lifting, most patients will be ready to return to work after one to two weeks of recovering at home. Patients will be cleared to return to physical activities after the sixth week of recovery

What kind of scarring is possible after Breast Reduction?

During your consultation with Dr. Elfieshawy he will discuss the techniques he uses for the Breast Reduction procedure. He will also discuss the scars that may be possible after the surgery. There will be scarring after the Breast Reduction surgery, and they may look very dark right after your surgery. They will fade as they heal, and there are also creams that can be used to further encourage scar fading.

How long will it take to see the final results?

The results of the Reduction procedure will be felt and seen almost immediately after surgery. Many patients report feeling an instant weight off of their shoulders and neck when they wake up after surgery. There is likely to be bruising and swelling after the surgery, but it will fade as the breasts heal. Once the swelling subsides, within a few weeks, the true results of the surgery will be seen.

Are you ready to work with Dr. Elfieshawy? Call to book your consultation for your Breast Reduction.

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