Big breasts can be a big problem, both physically and psychologically. Oversized breasts dominate a woman’s appearance and make her look top heavy and even overweight in some cases. In addition, they can be quite a burden, causing pain, postural distortion, difficulty breathing, backache, breast crease irritation, and difficulty exercising. Excessive breasts are also a mental burden leading to stares, rude comments and unwelcome attention.
Our experienced plastic surgeon performs breast reduction to reduce and reshape large breasts. An oversized areola (the dark pink skin around the nipple) can be made smaller. Breasts will still fluctuate in size afterwards, increasing with weight gain, birth control pills, or pregnancy. It may impair the ability to breast feed.
To firm up and shape the breast, excess tissue, fat, and skin are removed and redraped through incisions made horizontally and vertically along the natural contour of the breast to firm up and shape the breast. The nipple and areola attached to the underlying tissue are moved to a higher, more aesthetic location. When breasts are extremely oversized, it is sometimes necessary to completely detach and relocate the nipple. Dressings consist of gauze and a surgical bra.
Breast Reduction Procedure
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The procedure takes 3 to 4 hours. Medication controls the discomfort for a few days after surgery and patients are up and around in a day or two. Swelling and bruising usually subsides in a few days and patients usually return to work in about 2 weeks. Scars remain very visible for about a year and then fade somewhat. As they are around and below the nipples, they should not be noticeable in clothing.
Breast reduction gives women a lighter feel as well as look and often provides the motivation and freedom to pursue a healthier lifestyle.