Many women live with breasts that are out of proportion with the rest of the body. Exceptionally large breasts create problems with clothing and usually lead to ongoing shoulder and back pain.
Breast reduction, also known as reduction mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure that helps accomplish the following objectives:
- Reduction in breast volume
- Helps to improve breast shape
- Can reposition the nipple/areola
Who Should Consider a Breast Reduction?
Women of all ages can experience problems related to exceptionally large, disproportionate breast size. Teenagers, women after childbearing, and post-menopausal women have all sought breast reduction in order to be relieved of these problems:
- Inability to fit into normal size clothes
- Shoulder, back, and breast pain
- Post lactation ptosis (sagging)
- Psychological issues related to abnormal body type
- Irritation or infection in the breast crease
After Breast Reduction Surgery
Scars can be somewhat prominent after breast reduction, but they won’t be visible under clothing and they won’t reside above the areola. Scars also blend in with the skin better over time.
After surgery, the patient may be discharged on the same day or 24-48 hours later. Her chest will be wrapped in an elastic bandage, gauze dressings, or a surgical bra. Some soreness, swelling, and bruising should be expected, but pain can be (at least partially) controlled with medication. Exercise, driving, and upper body movements will need to be limited for about 4 weeks.
Breast reduction has a high satisfaction rate because it can allow a woman greater mobility, reduced pain, and a sense of normalcy regarding her body.