Having overly large breasts can not only be a source of self-consciousness for some people, but it can also be the cause of considerable pain and discomfort. Back pain, breathing problems, poor posture, bra strap indentations, and a host of other ailments can all be caused by excessive breast size. Breast reduction surgery can allow you to have breasts that are more appropriate to your specific body frame.
Why Breast Reduction?
Breast reduction is designed to reduce the size of overly large breasts for more proportionate results. Taking into consideration the many physical problems that can be associated with overly large breasts, reduction surgery has one of the highest satisfaction rates among cosmetic surgery patients. Women seek breast reduction surgery for a variety of reasons, including:
- Breasts that are disproportionate to overall figure
- Breasts that are asymmetrical
- Back, neck, and shoulder pain
- Bra strap indentations
- Significant or excessive drooping
- Discomfort while exercising
Breast Reduction Procedure
There are different ways to perform breast reduction surgery. At the initial consultation, Dr. Newman will discuss your options with you and determine which type of procedure would be most beneficial to you.
A common breast reduction technique involves making three incisions, one around the areola (the dark-pigmented area around the nipple), one going from this area to the base of the breast, and one following the crease under the breast. Dr. Newman will then remove excess tissue and fat, reshape the breasts, and move the nipples to a higher position, pulling the surrounding skin taut around them. In some procedures, liposuction may also be used to help remove the excess tissue, and the areolas can be reduced if necessary. In the overwhelming majority of breast reduction procedures, Dr. Newman does not separate the nipple from the underlying tissue in order to have the best chance of maintaining normal sensation. However, there are rare instances that may require detachment of the nipple during the procedure.
Breast Reduction Recovery
At our surgical facility in Connecticut, breast reduction procedures are performed under general anesthesia and usually take about three or four hours to complete. After the procedure, the patient is fitted for a surgical bra for support. Swelling and discomfort often accompany recovery but should fade as the breasts continue to heal. Dr. Newman tries to make scarring as minimal and as invisible as possible. Women who are planning to breast-feed or become pregnant in the future should thoroughly discuss their options with Dr. Newman before undergoing a breast reduction.
Breast reduction surgery can ease pain, allow clothes to fit better, and make you feel significantly better about yourself. In addition, depending on weight fluctuations, the results of breast reduction can last a very long time. And remember, some breast reduction procedures are considered medical necessities. You may be able to supplement breast surgery costs with help from an insurance company. These and other details of the breast reduction procedure will be discussed during your initial consultation.