Breast augmentation is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures. But not every woman wants to have larger breasts. In addition, many people with large breasts suffer physical and emotional pain from having a large chest.
Women with large breasts, especially when they droop, have physical and mental health problems, including back pain, shoulder pain, and low self-esteem.
Breast reduction surgery is an effective way for women with large breasts to reduce pain and inconvenience related to their physique.
Breast Reduction Surgery Overview
Breast reduction surgery, also called reduction mammaplasty, is a surgical procedure with anesthesia that reduces the size of the breasts by taking out extra fat, skin, and tissue.
The procedure is similar to a breast lift, and the surgeon may also use liposuction to remove extra fat.
The most popular breast reduction method uses the ‘lollipop incision’ with a vertical incision down the breast and a circular incision around the nipple. If the surgeon uses this technique, no incision is needed on the bottom of the breast, which reduces scarring.
The lollipop incision is effective for a patient who needs a moderate breast reduction. However, if you need more tissue removed, another incision may be required.
Symptoms Of Needing Breast Reduction Surgery
Women have breast reduction surgery for many reasons to address various physical and emotional issues. If you have any of the symptoms below, talk to your surgeon about breast reduction:
- Regular shoulder, back, and neck pain that requires you to take pain medication regularly
- Marks or grooves in the shoulders from bra straps
- Nerve pain in the neck, arms, or shoulders
- Poor self-confidence because of large breasts
- Needing to buy larger clothing because of breast size
- Skin irritation and rashes under the breasts
- Poor posture from the weight of the breasts
- Trouble sleeping because of discomfort from the breasts
- One breast is bigger than the other
- Breasts that sag because of weight
Women with large breasts may experience several of these symptoms. Depending on your symptoms, your health insurance company may cover the cost of the procedure. Talk to your surgeon to determine if breast reduction surgery is medically necessary so insurance will pay for it.
Benefits Of Breast Reduction Surgery
The weight of a large chest can make it difficult for women to live a normal life. Regular activities such as working out, sitting up straight, and even sleeping can be difficult. Large breasts also may draw unwanted attention.
Breast reduction surgery eliminates the physical pain that large breasts cause, including neck, shoulder, and back pain. You also will be able to work out freely without worrying about discomfort from large breasts.
Breast reduction surgery allows patients to feel much more confident about how they look and wear attractive clothing in public. This surge in self-confidence is a significant benefit of the procedure.
Plus, there are several cosmetic benefits to breast reduction surgery:
- The breasts are firmer and lifted, making you look younger
- A more proportionate and balanced figure
- Stretched nipples and areolas can be reduced, making the breasts more attractive
- Easier to find comfortable clothing and bras
Most patients are thrilled with their results as their bodies are more proportionate, and the physical and emotional discomfort is gone.
Recovery From Breast Reduction Surgery
The recovery after your breast reduction procedure varies on the method the surgeon uses. For example, many patients have a lollipop incision, which is advantageous because of a shorter recovery.
If the surgeon uses the lollipop incision, you probably don’t need drains, which reduces pain, swelling, and bruising.
Recovery, when this incision is used, usually allows patients to go back to work in five to seven days after surgery. Breast reduction scars will be noticeable at first on the breast but will fade considerably after six months to a year.
If you need a more significant breast reduction, the surgeon may use an ‘anchor’ incision that requires drains in the armpits. Drains allow extra blood and fluid to be removed from the body.
In the first week after surgery, your breasts will be swollen, bruised, and tender, but these symptoms are normal. You should not engage in heavy lifting or vigorous exercise for three or four weeks.
It can take three or four months to recover from breast reduction surgery fully, but the results are worth it.
Ideal Candidates For Breast Reduction Surgery
The ideal candidate for breast reduction surgery is a woman with physical and emotional discomfort from large breasts who wants to solve the problem immediately.
This procedure can be done at any age, but teens who have breast reduction may need follow-up surgery later.
Women who want to have children should think about waiting on breast reduction surgery until they are finished having children. Also, breast reduction can affect your ability to breastfeed.
It’s essential to be close to your ideal weight before having the procedure. If you still need to lose more than 10 or 15 pounds, it’s best to delay the surgery and stick to a healthy diet and exercise program.
This is because losing a significant amount of weight can change the shape and size of the breasts.
If you smoke, you will need to stop a month before and after the surgery. You also should be in good health with no significant medical problems, such as heart disease or diabetes.
Breast reduction surgery can literally be a huge weight lifted from your shoulders. But, with smaller breasts, you can exercise easier, wear clothes you love, and feel a surge of self-confidence with a more proportionate body.
Request a Houston Breast Reduction Consultation
Interested in breast reduction in Houston? Please set up a consultation with Dr. Ashley Steinberg today. She’ll talk to you about the benefits and risks of breast reduction to determine if it’s a good fit for your needs.
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