Many women feel that full breasts are an asset, but in some cases a woman’s breasts are so large, heavy, and out of proportion to their bodies that their breasts can cause them many issues: neck, back, and shoulder pain, difficulty exercising, bras or clothes that don’t fit properly, unsought stares, and skin irritation/rashes. The excess weight and pain can make everyday activities like work, childcare, and playing sports difficult. Also, very large breasts can make women feel self-conscious, embarrassed, and depressed.
Who is a
- Neck, back, and shoulder pain
- Rashes and irritation of the skin under the breast
- Deep shoulder grooving due to bra straps
- Large areolas
- Poor posture
- Sagging, stretched out skin, and breast asymmetry
- Improving or eliminating pain and other physical discomfort
- Increased exercise ability
- Better bra and clothing choices
- Improved self-confidence and body image
Breast reduction is usually performed with general anesthesia on an outpatient basis. The typical surgery time ranges from 2-4 hours. In some cases, a woman may decide to include breast reduction surgery as part of a mommy makeover or in combination with a tummy tuck. With longer surgeries, an overnight stay may be required.
During the procedure, excess skin, fat, and breast tissue is excised. The tissues are rearranged to form smaller, shapelier breasts that are positioned higher on the chest wall. The areolas are also reduced and repositioned with the nipples onto the center of the breast. While a breast reduction procedure results in fine scars, most women are so pleased with symptom relief that the scar is of minor concern.
Most women are left with an inverted “T” scar (anchor) due to the large amount of skin removed. In smaller breast reductions, a lollipop scar (vertical) may be an option.
Where is the nipple placed during surgery? Is it taken off and replaced?
Will my nipple have sensation after surgery?
When can I return to work?
What about the scars?
How long will my results last?
Other factors that may affect the longevity of your result include: whether or not you smoke, how significant your reduction was, the overall condition of your skin, and the size of your breasts.