Breast Reduction Surgery
You’re free to move about your life
Sick of living a limited lifestyle because your breasts are too large? Plagued by chronic neck and back pain? Tired of people staring and having to cover up at the beach? If you answered yes to these questions, you’re already on the path to a new, freer you. These are just a few of the reasons more women are choosing life-enhancing breast reduction, or reduction mammaplasty. Contact a qualified plastic surgeon in this directory to help you start the process. The only thing you have to lose is inches!
Swing a golf club
Wear clothes that fit
Run with your dog
Sleep and breathe easy
What is Breast Reduction?
Breast reduction is a plastic surgery procedure, usually performed for medical reasons rather than cosmetic purposes, to make breasts smaller, lighter and firmer. Breast reduction is typically recommended for women who have significant physical ailments, such as back or neck pain, skin irritation, poor posture, numbness, rashes, indentations in the skin from over-taxed bras, excessive sweating or breathing problems, due to unnaturally large mammary glands. During the procedure, performed under general anesthesia, a surgeon removes excess breast tissue, fat and skin using an anchor-shaped incision that circles the areola and extends downward, following the naturally curved breast crease. The nipple and areola are then moved into their new position, and skin from both sides of the breast is reformed around the areola to reshape the breast.
Who Should Consider Breast Reduction?
Women who suffer from the severe physical and psychological impacts of large and heavy breasts may consider this life-enhancing procedure. Symptoms are most problematic when breast size is inordinately disproportionate to the stature–for example, a 5-foot-tall woman with a 36E cup size. In addition to the obvious physical disorders that pendulous breasts cause, they can also lead to significant emotional suffering.
Teens with large breasts are often subject to teasing or undue sexual attention. Many women are emotionally scarred by their inability to pursue physical activities or be truly appreciated for their mind over their body. All of these women, if they are in good general health and mature enough to understand the procedural risks and consequences, could consider breast reduction. Since the surgery removes many of the milk ducts leading to the nipples, breast reduction is not recommended for women who intend to breast-feed. Young women are also advised to postpone surgery until the breasts have stopped growing, usually around age 20.
*Ask your doctor and insurance company about the qualifications for medically necessary breast reduction coverage.
Risks, Results and Recovery
As with any surgery, there is a slight possibility of complications, including bleeding, infection or reaction to the anesthesia. In some cases, post-surgery patients can develop small sores around the nipples, which can be eliminated with antibiotic creams. Reduction mammaplasty does leave some permanent scars, although they’re easily covered by a bra or bathing suit. Other complications may include slightly mismatched breasts, unevenly positioned nipples and some loss of feeling in the nipples or breasts.
Most patients are moving around in a day or so, but are advised not to move heavy objects for up to a month. New breasts may also ache occasionally for a couple of weeks. Most women return to work and social activities in about two weeks, but should limit exercise to stretching and swimming. Your plastic surgeon will provide detailed instructions for resuming normal activities.
Benefits: Less is More
• Less emotional stress
• Less teasing and unwanted attention
• Elimination of neck, back and shoulder pain
• Ability to run and exercise regularly
• No more rashes, numbness or painful bra-strap grooving
• A whole new wardrobe–no more potato-sack shirts!
• Newfound confidence
• Easier to detect pre-cancerous breast lumps
As always, when considering plastic surgery it is essential that you find a safe cosmetic surgeon..
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