Large or heavy breasts may be the result of genetics, weight gain, or the aging process. Many women are dissatisfied with the appearance of their large breasts, especially if they appear disproportionate to the rest of their body. They may also experience skin irritation, back pain, and shoulder pain from the excess weight of cumbersome breasts. Breast reduction surgery will reduce the weight and size of the breasts to alleviate these concerns and can significantly boost a woman's self-esteem.
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The Benefits of
Reduced shoulder and back pain
Clothing fits better
Exercise is easier
Smaller Breast Size
While women may desire a smaller breast size for various reasons, the advantages of breast reduction are the same for every patient. Clothing will fit better as the contours of the body are more proportionate, the eyes and face will be the first feature others notice rather than the breasts, and there will be no more pain and discomfort from excess weight on the chest.
Large breasts can interfere with exercise and effective performance in certain sports and activities. Breast reduction surgery allows women to have a full range of motion for increased speed and accuracy in golf, boxing, and similar sports. Agility also increases without the excess weight on the front of the body.
Large breasts can affect a woman's posture, which can lead to discomfort and back pain. Skin irritation beneath the breasts can also occur from constant chafing and tightly stretched bra straps. Breast reduction surgery can enhance a woman’s overall quality of life by removing the excess weight, and, in some cases, lifting them to a more youthful position with the addition of a breast lift.
Have Large, Cumbersome Breasts
Candidates for breast reduction surgery can relate to some or all of the following:
- Stretched skin
- Shoulder indentations from bra straps
- Back and shoulder pain
- Skin irritation beneath the breast crease
- Low-hanging breasts
- Nipples that point downward and rest below the breast crease
- Enlarged areolas
Have Realistic Expectations
After the initial consultation, ideal candidates are aware of:
- The results that can be accomplished for their unique goals and anatomy
- The importance of following postoperative instructions for the best results
- The risks associated with breast reduction surgery and anesthesia
Are in Good Health
The best candidates for breast reduction can relate to the following:
- Do not have any serious diseases or health issues
- Have stopped taking blood-thinning medications at least three weeks prior to surgery
- Do not smoke or have stopped smoking at least three weeks prior to surgery
What is the surgery process for breast reduction?
Breast reduction is an outpatient procedure performed with general anesthesia. Incisions are made around the areola, vertically down from the areola to the breast fold, and beneath the breast along the natural crease. Excess breast tissue and fat are removed, and the remaining tissue is sculpted and lifted into a youthful, natural-looking breast shape. Drains may be used to remove excess fluid, and sutures, surgical tape, or skin adhesives will close the incisions.
What is the average recovery time for breast reduction surgery?
Most patients plan to take one to two weeks off from work and routine activities following breast reduction surgery. You will need to arrange for someone to drive you home from surgery and assist you for the first 24 to 48 hours. Avoid bending, heavy lifting, and exercise for six to eight weeks or until cleared by Dr. Spies.
Will there be pain following breast reduction surgery?
Most patients experience some degree of discomfort after surgery that can be managed with pain medication prescribed by Dr. Spies. A compression bra will also help the breasts conform to their new shape, reduce swelling, and minimize discomfort.
Will I have any scarring?
As with any surgical procedure, scars are unavoidable. The scars with breast reduction are well-hidden beneath the folds of the breasts and along the line of skin pigmentation around the areola. The vertical scar from the areola to the breast crease is the most noticeable scar, but it will fade significantly over time.
What is the cost of breast reduction surgery?
The geographical location of the surgery, surgeon’s fee, and anesthesia cost are all factors that influence the cost of breast reduction. The surgeon’s fee alone averages between $3,000 and $7,000.
What complications can occur during my recovery?
Most risks with breast reduction are rare, but they can occur. Risks include sensation change or loss, bleeding or hematoma formation, infection, poor healing of incisions, breast shape irregularities, breast asymmetry, fat necrosis, and fluid accumulation. All risks will be discussed at your consultation, and Dr. Spies will answer any questions you may have.