What is Breast Reduction?
Breast Reduction also known as reduction mammoplasty is a procedure in which fat, glandular tissue and skin is removed from the breasts, making them smaller, lighter, and firmer in addition to reshaping them. It can also reduce the size of the nipple areola complex. The goal is to give you smaller, better-shaped breasts which are in proportion to the rest of your body. If you have very large, pendulous breasts, you may experience a variety of medical problems caused by their excessive weight and size:
- back and neck pain
- breast pain or heaviness
- changes in posture
- shoulder “grooving” secondary to your bra straps
- skin rashes on the undersurface of your breasts
- interference with exercise and other activities
- the feeling of being self-conscious
- difficulty finding clothing that fits properly
Breast Reduction: Before and After Images
Who is a candidate for breast reduction?
Candidates include women who are troubled by very large, sagging breasts that restrict their activities and cause them physical discomfort. A breast reduction can be performed for cosmetic improvement as well as for symptomatic relief. Women of all ages are troubled by large, sagging breasts which restrict their activities and cause them physical discomfort.
In younger patients, the breast reduction surgery is performed after a young woman’s breasts are fully developed, usually no sooner than age seventeen or eighteen. Rarely, the surgery may be performed at an earlier age if the patient is suffering emotionally as well as physically from the large size of her developing breasts. In adulthood, the surgery can be performed at any age.
Benefits of Breast Reduction
The permanent scars of a breast reduction may be a welcomed alternative to the physical and emotional compromise of having very large breasts. Over many years, the weight of your excess breast tissue may have a negative influence on your posture. The skeletal changes may lead to restrictions in flexibility and mobility. Besides the obvious aesthetic compromise, your physical well-being may be adversely affected. Breast pain, neck pain and back pain are part of the syndrome of having very large breasts. The changes brought about by a breast reduction are among the most helpful and dramatic in the entire field of plastic and reconstructive surgery.
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