So, I thought the best place to start would be the symptoms. Things that are a direct result of having large breasts, out of proportion with your body.
- Neck and upper back pain
- Dents in the shoulders from the bra straps
- Skin irritation under and in between the breasts
- Restriction of physical activity
- Circulation and breathing problems (usually when lying on back)
- It can impair the the likelihood of breast feeding, and the weight can inadvertently suffocate the infant. The parent has to use both hands to hold the breast up making it impossible to feed.
There are other psychological effects etc – low self esteem and body confidence being the main factors.
The surgery itself usually takes between 2-4 hours. There are a number of different techniques for the surgery, most common (and the one I had) involves cuts under the breast, circling the nipple, and down in a keyhole kind of shape. It will eventually end up to scar as an anchor shape.
Recovery depends on the individual. For a stationary desk job, the patient can be back at work within 2 weeks. For more physical activities they may be off for up to 6 weeks. It will be 6 weeks before they can wear an underwire bra, and only a soft cup sports crop top is recommended until then.
Bruising and swelling will go down after a couple of months although it can take longer (6-12months) for the breasts to be fully healed and settled within the body.