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- Are you breast excessively large?
- Have you not seen your abdomen in some time?
- Do you suffer from skin rashes, chronic moisture, neck pain, or back pain?
- Are your bra straps permanently marked on your shoulders?
If so, you may benefit from a breast reduction.
What is a breast reduction?
Breast reduction surgery, also known as “reduction mammaplasty,” is a procedure designed to relieve the stress of excess breast weight by physically making the breasts smaller. The weight of the breast can contribute to all of the problems mentioned above; neck pain, upper back pain, skin changes, grooving from bra straps. That’s not to mention the other problems associated with very large breasts, which can include difficulty performing routine activities or exercise, and frustration with fitting into certain styles of clothing.
The Benefits of Breast Reduction
Feel and look better in your clothing!
Many styles of clothing do flatter a larger bust line. A breast reduction can create a more balanced hourglass shape and help boost a woman’s confidence both in and out of the fitting room.
Reduces Back Pain
Heavy breasts can cause back pain and indentations in the shoulders from bra straps. This procedure will reduce the weight of overly large breasts and eliminate the associated discomfort and pain. It is important to note, that the back pain associated with large breasts is usually neck and upper back pain. If a patient has other reasons for back pain or lower back pain, they may not get relief from a breast reduction.
Improves Physical Ability
Large, heavy breasts can hinder performance in athletics as well as routine physical activities. Some women really struggle with insecurities surrounding the size of their breast when they are exercising. A breast reduction can increase mobility and comfort. It will allow you to focus on the activity at hand and not what your breast are doing.
Eliminates Skin Irritation
Skin irritation can occur beneath the breasts when they are excessively large. Breast reduction reduces the weight and lifts the breasts so there is less chronic moisture which causes the irritation.
Common Breast Reduction Concerns
Pain after breast reduction is minimal and can be managed with prescribed pain medication. You may be instructed to wear a compression bra, which will also help decrease pain and swelling.
Swelling and bruising will be apparent for at least the first two weeks, after which time most patients feel comfortable returning to work. After six weeks, patients can resume exercise and regular physical activities.
Scars with breast reduction are minimal and fade over time. Typically, there will be a scar around the areola, a vertical scar from the areola to the breast crease, and a scar along the breast crease.
Duration of Results
The results of breast reduction will last a lifetime, and the breasts will continue to age naturally. Patients will experience lighter, more youthful breasts and increased comfort and confidence as a result of this procedure.
Breast Reduction FAQs
Who are the best candidates for breast reduction surgery?
Typical candidates for breast reduction desire to reduce the size of their breasts either for aesthetic reasons or to relieve pain and discomfort. The best candidates are in good physical health and do not smoke.
Is breast reduction covered by insurance?
Some health insurance providers will cover the cost of breast reduction if the patient experiences pain and severe discomfort because of the size or weight of her breasts.
What are the risks of breast reduction surgery?
As with any surgical procedure, there are risks involved with breast reduction. Although rare, bleeding, infection, changes in skin sensation, asymmetry, or poor wound healing can occur. Patients can experience transient or permanent loss of nipple sensation. Minor wound healing problems are common with reductions, especially for very large breasts. Rarely loss of the nipple can occur. Follow-up visits with your surgeon will help to monitor and correct any complications. Most women recover uneventfully and are very happy with their results.
Will breast reduction affect my ability to breastfeed?
It is best for patients to be finished having children prior to breast reduction surgery if they plan to breastfeed. Breast feeding after breast reduction surgery is unpredictable. Some women will have no problems, some will be able to breast feed, but not exclusively. Other women will not be able to breast feed at all. There is no way to know which group a patient will fall in to.
When will final results be apparent?
Every patient is different, and heals at their own pace. Once swelling and bruising dissipate, final results are apparent. Swelling can last anywhere from a couple of weeks to a couple of months after surgery. Scars will continue to fade over time, and protecting your scars from the sun will help prevent them from darkening.
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