Breast Reduction

Women who have disproportionately large breasts have the option to undergo reduction mammoplasty, also known as breast reduction surgery to alleviate the physical discomfort caused by the breasts’ volume and weight. While a lot of women dream of having larger breasts, there are those who wish their breasts were a little bit smaller. This is because heavy breasts that are not proportionate to a woman’s body type can cause physical discomfort and issues with one’s body image.

The Benefits of Breast Reduction Surgery

Not all women are happy with their naturally large breasts. Others find it very uncomfortable both physically and psychologically. The weight carried by women with large breasts often causes neck and back pain, inflammation and irritation along the crease and the area underneath the breasts, and soreness and bruising resulting from the strain of the bra straps on the skin. Physical activities are also limited because of the excess weight these women have to carry around. Women with large breasts also have insecurities of their own. They tend to feel uncomfortable with all the unwanted attention. This makes them very self-conscious and they tend to shy away from social situations. Finding the right clothes to wear can also be a burden as clothes may feel too tight or constricting in the chest area. Breast reduction surgery can help women feel more comfortable with their body and relieve the physical discomfort caused by disproportionately large breasts.

What Happens During and After the Procedure

Patients who undergo reduction mammoplasty are put under general anesthesia which allows them to sleep throughout the procedure. The length and locations of the incisions would depend on the technique the surgeon chooses to use. This will also be explained by the surgeon during the consultation session. After the incisions are made, the doctor then proceeds with removing underlying breast tissue and re-positions the nipples to match the new shape and size of the breasts. The incisions are then closed with sutures.

Tenderness and swelling in the breasts are normal after surgery. The doctor may prescribe pain medication to ease the discomfort felt during the healing process. The downtime associated with this procedure lasts up to 2 weeks, after which the patient can resume performing light physical activities. Strenuous work and heavy lifting should be avoided for at least a month following the procedure.

Reduction mammoplasty is a serious procedure and one should weigh the risks and the benefits carefully before deciding on whether to go through with it or not. Our well-trained surgeons and staff would be happy to walk you through the procedure and answer all your questions in order for you to make an informed decision. If you’re interested in having lighter, more proportionate breasts through breast reduction, feel free to call us for a free consultation with one of our reputable and highly-skilled surgeons.

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