If your breasts are too big for your body this may cause both physical and emotional pain, and even difficulty performing physical activities. The emotional discomfort and self-awareness often associated with large breasts may be as significant a problem as the physical discomfort and pain. Disproportionately large breasts cause the body to tilt forward, thereby impairing posture and perhaps causing back and neck pain. Many times there will be chafing and skin lesions due to pressure from bra straps and friction with the skin. Breast size may also cause embarrassment and unwanted attention. If you feel uncomfortable about the size of your breasts, you experience back, neck or shoulder pain, or your breasts restrict your physical activity, then breast reduction surgery can significantly improve your quality of life. This procedure is designed to remove excess fat, skin and breast tissue in order to reduce breast size in cases where they are disproportional to the body, and to relieve the discomfort associated with breasts that are too large. Breast reduction can be performed to treat medical problems or as an aesthetic procedure for women who are not satisfied with the size of their breasts.
How is breast reduction performed?
The surgery is performed under general anesthesia and takes about two hours. The determining factors in choosing the technique to be used include your physical condition, breast composition, desired reduction, personal preference and the surgeon’s recommendation. During the operation two incisions will be made, one around the areola and the other vertically from the lining downward. In cases of unusually large breasts, a third and lateral incision may be required. Excess fat, skin and breast tissue will be removed through the incisions, and the breasts will be shaped for a stable and elevated appearance. In addition, the nipple will be re-positioned and raised to accommodate the new breast shape.
What to expect after surgery?
The procedure results are immediately visible. You will be discharged after being monitored for several hours. It is advisable to wear a supportive bra during the post-operative month and to rest for one week. Over time the swelling will subside, the scars will fade and you will be able to enjoy your new look.