Breast-Reduction Surgery Allows the Breasts to Be in Better Proportion with the Body
A woman’s contours can be accentuated by shapely, firm, proportionate breasts. While women with smaller breasts opt for augmentation to attain proper proportions, those with larger breasts choose reduction procedures.
It’s important to remember that breast-reduction surgery is not purely an aesthetic procedure for women who feel that their breast-to-body-frame proportion is imbalanced. The benefits of the surgery also come in the form of improved body posture, correction of chronic pain, and more.
Large Breasts Can Cause Physical and Emotional Discomfort
Women with large breasts are no strangers to chronic pain in their back, neck, and shoulders. They also suffer from skin irritation in the breast crease, poor posture, and the inability to comfortably participate in physical activities.
Large breasts can also have a negative impact on self-confidence. Physical appearance is deeply connected to self-confidence. When women believe that they are less physically attractive, it can show in their body language and facial expressions. A breast reduction can help a woman regain a positive self-image.
Is Breast-Reduction Surgery for You?
Consider breast-reduction surgery only when large breasts are the primary cause of your physical and psychological distress. If large breasts are keeping you from performing daily activities or have started to sag, increasing strain on your back, consider surgery as an option.
Physically, large breasts can make you look imbalanced. If you feel you are top heavy compared to the rest of the body, breast reduction offers you the desired changes and better proportions overall.
Breast-reduction surgery is most suitable if you:
• Suffer from bad posture
• Experience chronic pain in your shoulders, back, and neck
• Have rashes and excessive sweating along your breast creases
• Notice deep grooves and creases on your shoulders from straps constantly biting into your skin
• Face difficulties in finding well-fitting clothes
• Experience psychological distress related to large breasts
• Have trouble participating in physical activities
Breast reduction offers desired results when the patient is in good physical condition. It may not be an effective cosmetic procedure for pregnant women or women who are breastfeeding. It is also not recommended for women who have diabetes, breast cancer, broken breast skin, or hardened skin.
Preparing for the Surgery
Breast reduction is done as either an in-patient or out-patient procedure. In both cases, anesthesia is administered. The time it takes to perform varies according to the amount of tissue removed.
Breast reduction can performed using a variety of incision options. Typically, an incision is made around the areola and downward to meet the breast crease. Excess skin and fat are then removed. The areolae and nipples may be repositioned and resized to fit the new proportions of the resized breasts. At the end of the procedure, the incisions are closed with sutures.
Recovery After Breast-Reduction Surgery
Plenty of rest is recommended after surgery. Your specific after-care routine will be described to you by Dr. Rich, and you will need to follow it as closely as possible.
In general, it is recommended to avoid physically taxing activities for a period of several weeks. Taking some time off from work will be necessary as you heal. Bruising and swelling are common and will disappear over time.
Set Up Your Breast-Reduction Consultation
Contact our office to schedule a breast-reduction consultation with Dr. Donna Rich. Dr. Rich, a board-certified plastic surgeon, will be happy to help.