Large breasts can cause major problems, both physically and psychologically. Dealing with a large excess of breast tissue often creates physical and mental burdens, such as pain, postural problems, labored breathing, body aches, breast crease irritation, and difficulty exercising, among other symptoms. It’s also not uncommon for patients with excessive breasts to be subjected to stares, rude comments, and unwelcome attention.
More often than not, oversized or pendulous breasts tend to dominate a woman’s appearance and can make her look disproportionately top-heavy — even overweight in some cases. Plastic surgeon Scott Miller, MD performs breast reduction to reshape large breasts and achieve a naturally beautiful result that is more proportionate to a patient’s body frame. For good candidates, the procedure can be one of the most rewarding cosmetic surgeries to undergo. Women enjoy an enhanced quality of life after the physical stressors and strains of overly large breasts are diminished through breast reduction.
- What is Breast Reduction?
- Breast Reduction Benefits
- Breast Reduction Procedure
- Breast Reduction Recovery
What is Breast Reduction?
Breast reduction is designed to make the breast size more manageable, producing a lighter, more proportionate, and rejuvenated aesthetic. Excess skin and breast volume is removed to tighten the breasts, achieving a look that is more harmonious with your body contour. The surgery can improve the symptoms of excessive breasts, which include:
- Neck, back, and shoulder pain
- Skin rashes or bra strap indentations
- Strained breathing
- Poor posture
- Limited ability to exercise or engage in physical activity
- Difficulty shopping or fitting into clothing
- Self-consciousness caused by large breasts
Good candidates for breast reduction include patients with hanging or pendulous breasts. If the nipples and areolas point downward or exist below the breast crease, this can also be an indication for breast reduction. If the functional or aesthetic concerns caused by large breasts are disrupting your life, Dr. Miller would be happy to meet with you and talk about your goals during a consultation.
What are the Benefits of Breast Reduction?
Breast reduction enhances the breast appearance and improves the hardships caused by large and heavy breasts. In addition to reduced breast tissue, an oversized areola can be made smaller, and the overall breast can be reshaped to a more aesthetically pleasing contour. Breast reduction generally:
- Creates more proportionate breasts in relation to your figure
- Improves or eliminates the symptoms of large breasts
- Achieves more symmetrical, shapely, and youthful breasts
- Elevates the nipples and areolas
A breast reduction also provides some of the benefits of a breast lift to a certain degree. The final outcome of breast reduction can be long-lasting, but the breasts may still fluctuate in size afterwards with increases in weight gain, use of birth control pills, or pregnancy. Depending on your unique needs, the surgery may impair the ability to breastfeed. Dr. Miller will discuss the risks pertinent to your procedure at the time of consultation.
How is the Breast Reduction Procedure Performed?
The procedure typically takes three to four hours to perform depending on the complexity of your treatment plan. To firm and shape the breasts, excess tissue, fat, and skin are removed and redraped through incisions made horizontally and vertically along the natural contour of the breast. The nipples and areolas, which are attached to the underlying tissue, are moved to a higher, more aesthetic location.
What is Breast Reduction Recovery Like?
After surgery, post-operative dressings usually consist of gauze and a surgical bra. These will help to minimize the normal swelling that occurs after the procedure. Medication can control any discomfort, and patients are typically up and walking around after a day or two. As healing progresses, swelling, bruising, and tenderness will subside and most individuals can make a full return to work in about one to two weeks. However, strenuous activity should be avoided for approximately six weeks, or until cleared by Dr. Miller.
Scars may remain visible for six months to a year and continue to fade over time. Dr. Miller is meticulous about incision placement and takes every measure to minimize post-surgical scarring for a naturally beautiful result.
Please feel free to peruse Dr. Miller’s cosmetic surgery before-and-after photos from previous breast reduction patients and contact our office for a consultation.